Brutal Innocence

By (author)Tom Mohrbach

In the summer of 1979, Stevie’s summer job at a liquor store exposes him to a world of sin and temptation, causing him to question his future and his values. As he navigates through the darkness, he meets a woman who may either lead him further astray or guide him towards redemption. This gripping coming-of-age tale intricately weaves together innocence and corruption, leaving readers eagerly turning each page to uncover the hidden secrets within.


It’s the summer of 1979; in a small Michigan community, seventeen-year-old Stevie finds himself at a crossroads between his wholesome upbringing and a gritty reality he never saw coming. It all starts when he accepts a summer job at a nearby liquor store. Beneath the veneer of friendly smiles from the owners lies a sinister reality, entwined with racism, sex, and violence that drags him down a rabbit hole of unforeseen temptations.. An avid runner, Stevie is his high-school cross-country star who hopes for a running scholarship to help with college tuition. He is torn between careers as a police officer, fighter pilot, or entering a seminary. Amidst the turmoil, Stevie meets Jenny, a free-spirited young woman. Will she lead Stevie further into the murky depths or will she help him rise above the shadows and forge his own path to redemption?. Throughout this gripping and evocative coming-of-age tale, the novel paints a haunting portrait of a young man’s struggle to find his place in a world where innocence and corruption intertwine. Readers will be irresistibly drawn into the heart-pounding suspense, eagerly turning each page to unravel the secrets concealed beneath the surface.