I haven’t seen a captivating action movie in a while so I was quite in the need for an adrenaline rush (I love the feeling from time to time). Luckily I started reading Dead Money Run by J. Frank James and it was much better than I expected.
Here is the Goodreads synopsis:
Dead Money Run is the first book in the Lou Malloy Crime Series.
Lou Malloy learns of his sister’s death right before he is released from prison, having served 15 years for the theft of $15 million from an Indian casino. He wants two things: to keep the $15 million, which no one has been able to find, and to track down and punish whoever killed his sister.
Lou Malloy teams up with Hilary Kelly, a private investigator. In no time, Lou has found the hidden $15 million, recovered guns and ammunition hidden with the money, and murdered two low-level mobsters and fed them to the crocodiles.
As the body count rises, the story grows more complex and his sister’s death becomes more mysterious.
A book which began a bit slow, developed into a complicated plot that will keep you hooked until the end. Must admit I didn’t give too much credit to this book after the first few pages, but as I progressed reading, I couldn’t stop. As the story began, I couldn’t relate with Lou in any way, so I was trying my best to follow his actions. Well, how much can someone relate to an ex con? But after he met Hilary, I warmed up to him, even beginning to understand his ways. As for Hilary, she’s a bad ass chick, who fell in love with Lou (and maybe his money). This duo is a bit of Bonnie and Clyde with a twist of Ocean’s Eleven. They have Mr.&Mrs. Smith passion and skills. Therefore, the entertainment is guaranteed.
Am quite happy I had the chance to read this thrilling book. The characters are easy, but very clever. And you can’t help but admire Lou ingenuity in hiding the money. Plus, all the trouble he’s getting himself into, is proving how much he loved his sister.
Another reason I liked this book is because it taught me lots of things. Especially about the illegal matters of casinos and gambling world. I know it’s a piece of fiction, but these things happen somewhere in the world. Mobs are always involved in these operations of counterfeit and the implications are so big, that everyone ends up involved in. That’s how corruption was invented.
J. Frank James created a realistic crime thriller where money and technology are at stakes. His background in law are quite visible as the legal methods involved. I would warmly recommend this book to everyone who likes crime thrillers or is just up for a book genre challenge. It gets 4 out of 5 stars from me.