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.
Breathtakingly fast-paced, both hard-boiled and heart-breaking, Deep Down Dead is a simply stunning debut from one of the most exciting new voices in crime fiction.”
What’s not to love about this book? Strong female lead, cute kid, a love interest, add plenty of action and you’ve got the ingredients for the perfect book.
I love Lori’s character. She is a single mom who hasn’t had it easy. Her nine year old daughter Dakota is in remission from cancer which has left Lori with expensive hospital bills to pay off. There is also her past that she doesn’t seem to be able to out run.
Being a bounty hunter has got to be one totally cool job. I can’t imagine there being many women that take on the role even though it can pay well. With the well paid jobs there comes a lot more risk. It made me wonder how Lori would go down the road she had chosen.
When Lori takes on a big case we soon start to learn more about her and her past.
JT is another great character. He’s somewhat of a father figure to Lori. He took her under his wing when she was at her most vulnerable and introduced her to the bounty hunting world. JT isn’t someone who Lori looks forward to seeing again and being her mentor she doesn’t like what she has to do but with bills piling up she has no other choice.
Deep Down Dead is an enthralling and entertaining read. The action literally had my heart pounding and this is one of those stories that would be great as a block buster of a film. The author has you really caring about the main characters so much so that I’m really hoping this is just one of many books in a series. Simply stunning for a debut!
My thanks to Karen at Orenda for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
Deep Down Dead is out now and available to purchase from Amazon.