“A grim but riveting deconstructed superhero tale.” —Kirkus Reviews
A string of killings. An identity stolen. Only he can find the truth.
Reese Roberts was the guardian of Iron City. Its fearless protector. The only one willing to do whatever it takes … until he was shot on the streets and left paralyzed from the waist down.
Now, the vigilante known as the Roach has disappeared. Faded into legend.
It’s been years since Reese could take on crime and clean up the streets. He’s a shriveled old drunk, living like a hermit and waiting for his life to end. All that’s left to do is wallow in the mistakes that led him here. To wonder if he went too far.
But when a copycat steals his suit and takes justice into his own hands, a new killer emerges, leaving brutal messages behind. He wants to eliminate the Roach for good this time.
It’s time for Reese to reemerge from his shell and fight back. Who else can stop the flurry of killings? Definitely not the corrupt police department. Iron City needs the Roach again. Only, this time, he’ll need to save it without his legs.
Don’t miss this gritty and harrowing thriller about a retired, disabled vigilante out to stop a rash of new killings and secure his legacy. It’s perfect for fans of character-driven vigilante thrillers like Mr. Robot or Darkly Dreaming Dexter as well as dark, gritty superhero tales like Unbreakable and Watchmen.
“A dark and powerful journey into the broken mind of a crippled vigilante, clawing his way out of despair to protect his legacy and his city. Reader beware: once you crack this novel open, you won’t be able to close it!” —Jeremy Robinson, New York Times bestselling author of Tribe and The Others
“What would happen if Batman was in a wheelchair, drunk, and broke? Surviving in the big city and taking on crime is tough enough when you’re at the top of your game. The Roach is about being at the bottom. Great narration and dialogue, Rhett C. Bruno brings to life a character who’d rather be dead … or at least has a death wish.” —Darick Robertson, cocreator of The Boys (now a Prime Original Series)
“A world worthy of being a sister city to Gotham. Gritty, grimy, and mesmerizing.” —Lou Diamond Phillips, actor, Prodigal Son
Rhett C. Bruno is the USA Today and Washington Post bestselling and Nebula Award–nominated author of the Circuit Saga, the Children of Titan series, the Buried Goddess Saga, Vicarious, and The Roach, among other works. He is currently a full-time author and publisher living in Delaware with his wife and daughter.