This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!
Rendezvous With A Habit is the first novel by Michael Harte De Hesus, and introduces Mickey Dunn, sports journalist from Chicago who has come to California in mid-life for a lifestyle change. Set on the Central Coast in the Five Cities area, it is a story of erotic love, mystery, suspense, and revenge revolving around the world of crystal meth addiction and the business of crank manufacture and sale. When Mick's girlfriend of a few months, Shana Deckhardt, is sent into coma due to an overdose on speed. Mick is arrested for trafficking and conspiracry to commit murder, though he is innocent. Physically fit, with both combat and competive amateur wrestling experience, he is recruited by a regional task force to clear his name, avenge the assault on Shana's life, and break up one of the biggest meth rings ever. Along the way, he meets the beautiful ex-crank addict Marlene Magnuson, who proves invaluable to Mick, and the task force. Co-dependency, the search for self-identity, midlife crisis, and serving the Greater Good are all underlying themes as the protatgonist seeks revenge and balance in his love life. There is plenty of romance, action, and introspective soul searching as Mickey Dunn is at the center of a murder conspiracy to eradicate a young woman who has a Rendezvouz With A Habit.
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