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Dead Money Run (Lou Malloy Crime Series) - J. Frank James

Lou Mallory had no sooner been released from the Atlanta Penitentiary than trouble started.  Two guys were waiting in a Lincoln Town Car offering him a ride.  Actually, it was not a polite offer; it was more of a demand.  Just about that time, a prison guard came back through the gate.  Lou asked him to call a cab for him.  Fifteen million.  That’s the amount of money he’d stolen from a casino.  And, fifteen years later, no one had found it.  He took the cab to a bus depot and headed to Jacksonville Beach.


His first order of business was to find out who’d killed his sister, Susan, while he was doing his time.  Hilary Kelly met him at the depot.  She’s a PI.  He didn’t know her, but it didn’t take long for her to confess she’d been hired by the insurance company who was out $15 Mil to befriend his sister and find out the location of the hidden dough.  But she didn’t anticipate becoming friends with Susan; she no longer wanted to fulfil the job.  Lou and Hilary are about to find out that powerful people who are money hungry won’t stop at anything to get what they want.


Lou is not your typical ‘good guy’.  In fact, he’s a ‘bad guy’, but this is one of those books that will have you rooting for the bad guy.  Lou is snarky and brash – a ‘shoot now; ask questions later’ type of guy.  I liked the addition of Crusher to the Lou / Hilary team.  He had been a pro-wrestler and a former inmate with Lou.  Now, Crusher has Lou’s back.  If you like your suspense hard-boiled, this novel will surely peak your interest.  Rating: 4 out of 5.