Publisher: J. Frank James LLC
Series: Lou Malloy Crime, #1
Publisher: various formats
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.
I am having a big reading slump which makes me return to my favourite genre crime. Dead Money Run was a perfect book for this.
Lou Malloy pulled of a bank heist when he was just 20 getting caught after he manages to hide it. Now 15 years later he is out. His sister got killed just before he was released and there are various groups on his back to get to the 15 million he hid. As he is trying to find his sisters he runs into various people that either help him, Hilary and Crusher, or are against him, the rest of the world.
The story is not very strong. Time lapses are unclear. Characters are sleeping when they see fit and it was difficult to get a grip on how much time elapsed in the whole book. At some point Crusher and Lou are talking about the dead of his sister when Crusher say it was about a year ago, Lou then says two months before I got released but in my reader head he was released maybe 2 weeks. There are some conversations that don't really add up. Lou discusses something with Hillary after an important phone call and the next chapter starts when they wake up he tells her all about the phone call. Stuff like that happens at a few places in the book.... but.
Yes there is a but because I did enjoy the book. It is bold and filled with bodies. People are shot for blinking their eyes. It made me laugh. It was fun to place a bet if a person would survive Lou or not. In the end I had this image of Lou with guns and knives in every available pocket. A bit Rambo like. Plus I was curious how he would manage to get his money back and get back to a 'normal' life. It was exactly the kind of book I needed at this moment.