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Reviewed by Gloria Antypowich for Readers' Favorite
I am a big fan of crime thriller books, so I looked forward to reading "Dangerous Times" by Phillip Frey. In their appearance, Frank and Ty Moore are normal people, living a nice life, in a nice house, on a nice street in West Los Angeles. But things are not always what they appear to be. Ty is the niece of Eddie Jones, a dangerous, merciless, money laundering gangster. Frank works as his errand boy, delivering Eddie's laundered money from point to point. Frank Moore has psychotic tendencies. He is a violent man who has no conscience and loves to draw blood. He has come up with an outrageous plan to steal millions of dollars in cash from Eddie. His wife, Ty, knows the basics of his plan and supports it as revenge for the murder of her parents at Eddie's command. As the book opens, Frank is on his way to Charlie Habakkuk`s place to nail down a critical piece in his plan. He needs to find someone who looks enough like him to be identified as Frank Moore in death. Charlie is a hacker with a drug addiction and Frank has offered him a lot of money to find such a person and make an exchange of legal identities with him. John Allan Kirk is fingered for the switch. Charlie uses his hacker knowledge and with a few strokes on the computer keyboard, Frank becomes John Allan Kirk and unbeknownst to him, John Allan Kirk is now recognized as Frank Moore. Frank tracks down his unsuspecting victim, stalks him and waits for the right opportunity to carry out his plan. But as we all know, even the best-laid plans can go awry.
"Dangerous Times" is a well-written crime-thriller. The plot is fast-paced and convoluted, filled with surprise turns, betrayal, violence and murder, and a bit of sex. The story line includes multiple characters, each with their own problems and circumstances, but Frey pulls them all in and makes it work very well. As one character asked, "why does it all come down to the money?" As another character said, "It's the money in the pocket that makes the man." Each one of them has their own answers to those remarks, but indeed the need for money is a primary factor in the beginning. In the end, some of them realize that their everyday problems are not very big, compared to the mayhem Frank Moore brought into their lives. Others get a second chance to rebuild a better, happier life. Some lose their lives. And Frank Moore played a dangerous game. Did he win? You'll have to read "Dangerous Times" to discover that!I recommend this book to anyone who likes crime thrillers. You won't be disappointed.