Bounty hunter Dan Reno never thought he’d be the prey.
When a pair of accused rapists from a New Jersey-based gang surface in South Lake Tahoe, bounty hunter Dan Reno is called in. The first is easy to catch, but the second, a Satanist suspected of a string of murders, is an adversary unlike any Reno has faced before. After escaping Reno’s clutches, in the desert outside of Carson City, the target vanishes. That is, until he makes it clear he intends to settle the score.
To make matters worse, the criminal takes an interest in a teenage boy and his talented sister, both friends of Reno’s.
Wading through a drug-dealing turf war and a deadly feud between mobsters running a local casino, Reno has to hunt a ghost-like adversary who is calling all the shots.
The more Reno learns more about his target, the more he’s convinced that mayhem is inevitable unless he can capture him quickly. He’d prefer it to be clean, without further bloodshed. But sometimes that isn’t possible, especially when Reno’s partner Cody Gibbons decides it’s time for payback.
Mortal Outcomes is the third book in the Dan Reno crime series. It isn’t essential to have read previous books some readers may benefit by reading them in order.
Dan and Cody are back and find themselves working on a new case. Dan and Cody are solid characters who all I can say is, it would be like getting to work with your best friend. That’s of course because they are and have known each other since school. You don’t get many duo’s that have known each other for so long of which this makes these two stand out in their own right. Their relationship just feels so relaxed and easy that by now I feel like I’m having a night in with friends when I pick up one of this authors books.
There are quite a few other stand out characters in this story. You have Therese and Juan who are brother and sister. Therese is trying to make ends meet whilst bringing up her younger brother. Juan is a likeable, hard working kid who wants to fit in and be liked. You also have ‘Rabbit’ who has mental health issues and is musically talented. They all just gave an added depth to this story and made it feel that bit more grown up. The previous books have been a bit like the old eighties crime fighting shows. A bit tongue in cheek in parts with the two main characters being the typical, treat them mean, keep them keen type of guys that keep on finding themselves in trouble. In Mortal Outcomes there’s a sense that the two men are starting to grow up slightly. I’m hoping not to much in future books but was great to see.
The crimes and criminals in this book will well and truly have you routing for Dan and Cody to catch them and put a stop to it. The story really increases in pace towards the end and was literally on the edge of my seat to see how it was all going to end.
Mortal Outcomes is another thrilling and exciting read in the series. Definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a new crime series to get themselves stuck into.
My thanks to Bloodhound Books for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
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Born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1960, Dave Stanton moved to Northern California in 1961. He attended San Jose State University and received a BA in journalism in 1983. Over the years, he worked as a bartender, newspaper advertising salesman, furniture mover, debt collector, and technology salesman. He has two children, Austin and Haley, and lives with his wife, Heidi, in San Jose, California.
Stanton is the author of six novels, all featuring private investigator Dan Reno and his ex-cop buddy, Cody Gibbons.