Deep Down Dead BY STEPH BROADRIBB

BY STEPH BROADRIBB ORENDA BOOKS OUT NOW

Crime Scene - - POST MORTEM - By DEIRDRE O’BRIEN

ife has not been kind to Lori An­der­son. Ac­cus­tomed to liv­ing on her wits and tak­ing care of her­self, the Florida-based bounty hunter takes no prison­ers – ex­cept, of course, when it’s in the line of duty.

But she does have an Achilles heel in the form of her nineyear-old daugh­ter, Dakota. Al­though the lit­tle girl is in re­mis­sion from leukaemia, her med­i­cal bills re­main sky high. Hence Lori’s re­luc­tance to take her along when she’s tasked with bring­ing in JT, a fugi­tive who is also a sig­nif­i­cant fig­ure from her past. When the job goes very wrong in­deed, it ex­plodes into a bat­tle for sur­vival – for both Lori and her child.

Zing­ing with ac­tion from the very first page, this de­but novel is an ab­so­lute fire­cracker of an ac­tion thriller. Fast-talk­ing Lori leaps off the page as a liv­ing, breath­ing cre­ation, while the gritty de­tail of lowrent mo­tel rooms and down-at-heel truck stops trans­ports you to a seamy Florida you won’t see in the tourist brochures. With the sim­mer­ing sub­plot of Lori and JT’S ro­man­tic at­trac­tion to add an ex­tra di­men­sion, it’s fresh, fast and to­tally con­vinc­ing. And the good news is it’s only the first in a series fol­low­ing Lori An­der­son’s ad­ven­tures.

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