Carve the Heart


Ex-con Jack Palace returns in a world of violence, heartbreak, and revenge.

Cassandra, the woman who broke Jack Palace’s heart, is suddenly back in his life. She owes $600,000 to a brutal gangster who has threatened her life, and she needs Jack’s help. Things start to get violent when Cassandra suddenly disappears … but not everyone believes she's in danger. Is Jack being set up?

Bikers, mobsters, and strippers collide as Jack storms the mean streets of Toronto searching for Cassandra. To find her, he must rip open old wounds and confront new enemies. But as loyalties falter and secrets are revealed, Jack begins to wonder who he can really trust. If he doesn’t figure it out fast, he — and everyone he cares about — could end up dead.


Sharply written, suspenseful and often funny as hell, Carve the Heart smashes its way through the streets of a noirishly entertaining Toronto the Bad like an out-of-control car chase. This is a book up to its shapely ass in double crosses, hot stakes poker games, rescue plans that go sideways, broken noses, strippers, bikers, drug heists, hot sex, plot twists and bottomless tumblers of smoky Scotch sipped in an illegal casino tucked away somewhere in Kensington Market. Can’t wait to see what Jack gets up to in the next installment. In the mean time, I’m going to nose around to see if I can locate that underground casino.

Terri Favro, author of Sputnik’s Children

Pasquella vividly captures the dog-eat-dog existence of the Toronto underworld.

Publishers Weekly

Getting impatient with hard-boiled conventions? Try this.


The writing here is very impressive: gritty and profane but also (in the right places) tender and quite moving.

Booklist, for Yard Dog

About the Author

A.G. Pasquella

Posted by Kendra on February 13, 2018
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A.G. Pasquella

A.G. Pasquella is the author of two other books in the Jack Palace series, Yard Dog and Carve the Heart. When he’s not writing, he makes music with the bands Miracle Beard and LaserGnu. Born in Dallas, Texas, he now lives in Toronto, Ontario.