Today is my turn on the Blog-Tour for Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb. You are in for a treat with this read. I have to say I was more than pleasantly surprised and hope this is one of many more books by Broadribb.
About the author
Steph Broadribb was born in Birmingham and grew up in Buckinghamshire. Most of her working life has been spent between the UK and USA. As her alter ego – Crime Thriller Girl –she indulges her love of all things crime fiction by blogging at www.crimethrillergirl.com, where she interviews authors and reviews the latest releases. Steph is an alumni of the MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction) at City University London, and she trained as a bounty hunter in California. She lives in Buckinghamshire surrounded by horses, cows and chickens. Deep Down Dead is her debut novel. Watch out for Deep Blue Trouble in 2018!
About the book
Lori Anderson is as tough as they come, managing to keep her career as a fearless Florida bounty hunter separate from her role as single mother to nine-year-old Dakota, who suffers from leukaemia. But when the hospital bills start to rack up, she has no choice but to take her daughter along on a job that will make her a fast buck. And that’s when things start to go wrong. The fugitive she’s assigned to haul back to court is none other than JT, Lori’s former mentor – the man who taught her everything she knows … the man who also knows the secrets of her murky past.
Not only is JT fighting a child exploitation racket operating out of one of Florida’s biggest theme parks, Winter Wonderland, a place where ‘bad things never happen’, but he’s also mixed up with the powerful Miami Mob. With two fearsome foes on their tails, just three days to get JT back to Florida, and her daughter to protect, Lori has her work cut out for her. When they’re ambushed at a gas station, the stakes go from high to stratospheric, and things become personal.
A fresh voice is on the crime fiction scene and her action packed debut is proof of that. Broadribb tells her tale with a smooth flow and a confident ease.
I am really glad the author didn’t dedicate a whole sub-plot to Dakota and JT. It could easily have swerved into a whole other genre a la chic-lit drama. Instead Broadribb keeps her plot tightly reined without losing sight of the endgame.
Lori is a bounty hunter with a reputation for being tough, relentless and willing to do anything to keep her daughter safe and healthy. So when a big cash job comes around she doesn’t think twice about accepting it. Well there is one minor detail that Lori finds slightly disturbing. She has to go pick up the man who taught her nearly everything she knows.
A simple job turns into a life and death situation when Lori endangers herself and Dakota by bringing her along for the ride. Suddenly they find themselves not only hunted by a variety of people, they also find themselves in the middle of a sickening scenario. A ring of criminals and perverts who operate under the guise of innocence and joy.
Lori is faced with the most difficult decision imaginable. She can choose to save one or she can choose to save many. Either way she is completely screwed, and it certainly doesn’t help that her head and libido are having internal fights about the man she left behind so many years ago.
I’m not sure whether it’s because the author reads a lot of crime or her brain is perhaps more attuned to the thoughts of criminals, she seems to have either discovered or created a criminal loophole or rather the potential to commit an almost untraceable crime. Aside from the type of crime in question, it is quite an interesting scenario.
It is a fast-paced story with strong characters that will pull readers in and leave them wanting more. I certainly hope and believe this is the beginning of a really good series. Broadribb is great storyteller with an eye for detail and penchant for crime.
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