Today Mandie shares her thoughts on book three in the Lori Anderson series by Steph Broadribb, Deep Dirty Truth as she continues her Orenda Books catch up. I loved this story and you can find out how much in my review right here. Here’s what it’s all about:
About the Book
A price on her head. A secret worth dying for. Just 48 hours to expose the truth…
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.
You have to wonder what else life and her job can throw at Lori Anderson after all that she has been through up until now. You may even hope that she will get an easier time of it for once. No such luck. With each book Steph Broadribb ups the action and the tension giving her readers something brilliant to get their teeth into.
The book opens with Lori being kidnapped and forced into doing a job for the Miami Mob and in return she will finally be free of them and her family will no longer be in danger. This is one job she has no choice in and its not one she is going to get paid for. Leaving Dakota with JT and her friend Red she has to break someone out of FBI custody and return him to his mob bosses. If anything goes wrong then her whole family could end up being killed.
You have to give it to Lori, no matter what life or her job throws at her she is determined that she will meet the challenges head on. Always at the front of her mind is Dakota and what the latest job means in terms of her future. In Deep Dirty Truth its her past that is the problem and she needs to make it right. Her target Carlton North is someone she has come across before and this time its possibly his secrets that may cost them both of their lives as it becomes evident that its not just the FBI she has to outrun and outgun. She has to trust him though as they work together to get rid of the people trying to kill them. That’s not to say that Lori is the centre of all the action. Red and JT have a few issues of their own making sure that they keep Dakota safe.
Deep Dirty Truth delivers the high action, fast paced story that we have come to expect and love from Steph Broadribb. There is maybe a little more violence in this one but when you are dealing with the mob you kind of know what you are getting into. That being said none of the action is over the top or leaves the reader wishing it was not there. I am really loving this series and found it hard to put down once I had started it, reading well into the night as I had to read just one more chapter to see if Lori would get out of whatever situation she currently found herself in. Thankfully I don’t have to wait for the next instalment as I have it ready to go and am looking forward to see what happens next
About the Author
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 http://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 was her debut novel.
The Lori Anderson Series: