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.
Welcome to the Blog Tour for Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb, published by Orenda Books in paperback on 5 January 2017. Deep Down Dead is the author's first novel.
Deep Down Dead is a crime story and an action thriller that snares the reader in from the mysterious prologue and doesn't let go until the very last page.
Lead character Lori Anderson is a perfectly formed character, a woman with nerves of steel, with a killer instinct, but also completely and utterly believable. She's a bounty hunter, she goes out and tracks down the guys with a price on their head. She faces things that few women ever have to deal with. She's also a loving mother and her small daughter Dakota is sick. There are medical bills to be paid, and she has no option but to accept a very dangerous assignment, and she has to take Dakota along for the ride.
What follows is a full-on, action-packed, roller coaster of a story. Steph Broadribb has drawn on her own training as a bounty hunter and has produced a novel that is really quite stunning. Sure, Lori is fearless in the face of danger, but she's also a loving mother who will, and does, do anything to make sure that her daughter is safe.
With characters who jump from the page, and a setting that is recognisable from hundreds of movie scenes, Deep Down Dead really is one hell of a read. This really is very difficult to put down, with constant twists and turns throughout the plot and a wealth of characters; from the great and the good, to the downright bad and dirty.
Explosive action and a heroine who is absolutely perfect. Deep Down Dead is a cracker. I loved it. Steph Broadribb is a hugely talented author, I can't wait to find out what she has in store for Lori in the next book.
My thanks to Orenda Books who sent my copy for review, and invited me to take part in this Blog Tour.
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.
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