BookieWookie Rating – 4.5 ⭐️’s
Steph Broadribb’s Lori Anderson series is one that I’ve been hearing a lot about recently, due to the increase in Twitter chatter on the back of the Blog Tour for book 2 (Deep Blue Trouble). From reading through these reviews it seemed best to start at book 1 in the series, Deep Down Dead, as that gave a lot more of the backstory of our main protagonist Lori Anderson and her relationship with JT. Irrespective of whether it was required or not, I’m absolutely delighted I did start at the beginning of what looks like being a fantastic series.
Lori Anderson is a Bounty Hunter based in Florida, and is a single mother to her daughter Dakota. Little does Lori know that the next job she takes on will turn her world upside down, when she is tasked with bringing in her previous partner (JT). At this point the book delves into Lori’s back story in some detail, which makes a pleasant change to just getting the odd snippet here and there. This was a really cool part of the story as, although it revolves around fairly nasty circumstances, it was great to read about what led to the transformation of Lori’s character from Bar Dancer to Bounty Hunter. I actually could have read a load more on this period and her training with JT to become the tough, take no shit woman she that she is today.
Back in the present day, we quickly find out that Lori is more than capable of handling herself when outnumbered against some pretty mean dudes! I love characters like this in the books I read as it gives a great sense of escapism for an average Joe like me, in the same way Lee Child’s Jack Reacher or Graham Smith’s Jake Boulder does. The great thing about Lori is that it’s not all just about being able to handle herself, as she also has the smarts to back it up.
The story from this point on really starts to pick up pace. What should have been the simple transportation of a bale skip quickly escalates, as we learn there’s a whole lot more to JT’s arrest than Lori was provided. Add into the mix the Miami mob plus some pretty unscrupulous bad guys, means that Lori’s job just got a whole lot tougher. The action was fairly relentless, as Lori and JT moved from one action packed scene to another, and I found myself racing through the 2nd half of the book.
The books setting of Florida and surrounding states was really cool to read about as, although I know it a little, I don’t think I’ve read many books set there. Broadribb did a fantastic job here as I really felt myself getting transported into the heat and scenery of Florida. Totally loved it!
The relationships between Lori, JT and Dakota were also very well developed and I definitely want to see what lies in store for them next time around. It’s not without its complications, so I suspect it won’t all be a bed of roses, making it even more interesting to read about.
I’m always delighted when I come across a great set of characters, especially when they offer something that little bit different, and Lori certainly offers that in spades. A great character and a fantastic start to a series, which I’ve already bought book 2 to get stuck into in the very near future!!
Brilliant stuff – Highly recommended!!!
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 from one of the most exciting new voices in crime fiction.