An Unholy Union

Chicago born Luke Cramer loved working on Las Vegas’s huge construction sites. That is until he slugged a mobster working for the union.

With the mob threatening retribution, he has no choice but to run for it. With his wife and baby, he heads to Australia’s Gold Coast, where he gets a lucky break, and help to start his own building business. Within a few years, young Luke is a millionaire but the lawless Builders Laborers and Mining Union (BLMU), which is worse than any American union want its payoff, and there’s nothing it won’t do to get it.

Complaining to politicians and the police doesn’t help because the BLMU’s paying them off. Desperate, Luke returns to Chicago and recruits his best friend and hitman, Joe “Ratsy” Ratsch, to level the playing field.

When the BLMU appoints a powerful new leader with murder on his agenda, the stakes are ratcheted up. Will Luke survive to enjoy his hard-earned success?

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This smart and suspenseful crime drama features an action-filled storyline, along with a nuanced exploration of how life choices impact personal and professional relationships.
While Ralph’s prose style has moments of dryness, dialogue is varied and the fluctuation between perspectives is well executed.
The novel delves into the psychology of crime lords, victims, and unexpected heroes with candor, allowing Ralph’s work to stand out from the crowded genre.
Ralph’s novel features a wide cast of relatable, working-class individuals with unique voices, whose stories ultimately create a powerful, cohesive whole.

The BookLife Prize

AN UNHOLY UNION spans from 1978 to 2017 and is several stories well blended into one tense thriller. Peter’s writing style is rich in atmosphere – capturing the various languages and lingo of the different characters from different climes.For the large audience that thrives on crime stories from such authors as Grisham, King, Patterson etc, welcome a major figure into that echelon. Excellent story, well written and guaranteed to tempt you into following his output …

San Francisco Review of Books