Deep Dirty Truth by Steph Broadribb

Deep Dirty Truth by Steph Broadribb

Single-mother bounty hunter Lori Anderson has finally got her family back together, but her new-found happiness is shattered when she’s snatched by the Miami Mob – and they want her dead. Rather than a bullet, they offer her a job: find the Mob’s ‘numbers man’ – Carlton North – who’s in protective custody after being forced to turn federal witness against them. If Lori succeeds, they’ll wipe the slate clean and the price on her head – and those of her family – will be removed. If she fails, they die.

With North due in court in forty-eight hours, Lori sets off across Florida, racing against the clock to find him and save her family. Only in this race the prize is more deadly – and the secret she shares with JT more dangerous – than she ever could have imagined. In this race only the winner gets out alive…

Brimming with tension, high-stakes jeopardy and high-voltage action, and a deep, emotional core, Deep Dirty Truth is an unmissable thriller by one of the freshest and most exciting voices in crime fiction.

I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review.

Earlier in 2018 I was fortunate enough to get the chance to read the second book in the Lori Anderson series by Steph Broadribb, Deep Blue Trouble. I hadn’t read the first book at the time, and still haven’t, not that it makes a major impact as Steph Broadribb does a wonderful job of describing characters and referring back to past events to keep a reader picking up any book up to date. Having tore through Deep Blue Trouble, I jumped at the chance to read a proof copy of the latest outing for Lori on Christmas break.41058687Lori finds herself mixing with the Miami mob once again, fully against her wishes. Kidnapped, she is pushed into working on their behalf to remove an employee from FBI custody. She has the option to refuse, but it would be at the expense of partner JT and their daughter Dakota who were both caught up in events in Deep Blue Trouble, only a few weeks before the next book kicks off.

Left with little choice, Lori has to pit her wits against the FBI, police and factions within the Miami Mob that have no intention of seeing her succeed. In a race against time Lori must work to free the man from protective custody, while keeping him safe from the splinter faction and protecting her family as best she can with some help from old friends.

Broadribb has once again delivered an action-packed, high pace thriller with more twists and turns than a theme park rollercoaster. The attention to detail is meticulous in ensuring past events are not overrun with conflicting details, characters are developed to a deeper level still and the narrative kept me reading to the very last. I hope the wait for the next outing from Lori Anderson isn’t too far off – the only negative I could find with Deep Dirty Truth was the immediate and urgent need to read the next installment.

My rating:
goodread

Deep Blue Trouble by Steph Broadribb

Deep Blue Trouble by Steph Broadribb

Single-mother Florida bounty hunter Lori Anderson’s got an ocean of trouble on her hands. Her daughter Dakota is safe, but her cancer is threatening a comeback, and Lori needs JT—Dakota’s daddy and the man who taught Lori everything—alive and kicking. Problem is, he’s behind bars, and heading for death row. Desperate to save him, Lori does a deal, taking on off-the-books job from shady FBI agent Alex Monroe. Bring back on-the-run felon, Gibson “The Fish” Fletcher, and JT walks free. Following Fletcher from Florida to California, Lori teams up with local bounty hunter Dez McGregor and his team. But Dez works very differently to Lori, and the tension between them threatens to put the whole job in danger. With Monroe pressuring Lori for results, the clock ticking on JT’s life, and nothing about the Fletcher case adding up, Lori’s hitting walls at every turn. But this is one job she’s got to get right, or she’ll lose everything.

I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Following the adventures of leading lady and bounty hunter Lori Anderson, Deep Blue Trouble is fast paced and filled with action. The story is gripping and pulls the reader along on a seat-of-your-pants ride.
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Protagonist Lori Anderson is a tough, no nonsense single mother of a ten-year old daughter. Everything she does comes back to her child, and this is evident throughout the story. Every decision, action and thought process is weighed against the potential risk to Dakota. Driven by honour and a strong moral compass, Lori will do everything in the right way but will also do what it takes to achieve the right result.

Though Deep Blue Trouble is book two featuring Lori Anderson, I didn’t feel as if I had missed anything. Lori’s history, from her training as a bounty hunter to her past relationships and her daughter’s illness are well-covered by Broadribb without being over referenced.

I am a definite fan of crime thrillers and Steph Broadribb’s work is no exception. The plot races along at a breakneck pace yet never feels rushed. The bad guys aren’t stereotyped in anyway but feel genuinely threatening, and the undercurrent of fear for her family is ever present within Lori. Corrupt law enforcement and plenty of scene hopping make for a rollercoaster read.

As I followed Lori throughout her investigations I found myself feeling joy with every one of her victories, and despair at each frustration. This book brought me a true sense of “just one more chapter” and before I knew it, the book was finished. This book as a must read for fans of crime and action tales, and as a result I will be picking up the first book featuring Lori Anderson, and hoping Steph Broadribb has many more adventures for her in the future.

My rating:
goodread