Dead Money Run

Dead Money Run

Lou Malloy Crime Series Volume 1

Fiction - Mystery - General
290 Pages
Reviewed on 05/21/2015
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Author Biography

J. Frank James is the author of crime thriller novels. His books are gripping and suspenseful.

Jim’s novels have the elements necessary of good crime novels that keep readers glued to the pages from start to finish. Although Jim’s crime novels are fiction works, they are exciting to read because of their authentic nature. They are written with the backing of Jim’s experience in law, so they are believable situations that have the readers wanting to find out what happens next just like they would in any crime situation.

They offer the readers just enough information to keep them guessing and trying to solve the crimes until the end of the books when they are actually revealed. Jim’s books are also fresh and unique takes on crime as well, though. They are not the same whodunit type books that have been done over and over again. By infusing his personal travels into his books, Jim creates characters and atmospheres based on just enough truth to be relatable.

Plus, Jim’s books have everything in them from robbery to prison to family. They have hard and soft elements simultaneously to really capture the life of a hardened criminal who is still very human and struggles with the same human emotions as the rest of society. At the same time, Jim gives the reader perspectives from private investigators to balance out the story.

Jim’s books even have a hit of romance when his characters come to care for each other as more than just friends. Then, crime and love mixes to create a dynamic atmosphere that is even more complicated than ever before since characters care not only for each other but for their other family members as well. Jim has an amazing way of incorporating various elements into his latest crime novels to create thrillers that readers cannot get enough of, which is perhaps why all four of his books so far carry on one from the other to continue the same story concerning the hardened criminal who did 15 years in prison, Lou Malloy and who comes to be his partner, private investigator, Hilary Kelly. The two of them go it together to create gripping stories that keep readers coming back for more.

Jim is an artist and creates all of his own book covers.

Book Review

Reviewed by Paul Johnson for Readers' Favorite

In Dead Money Run by J. Frank James, Lou Malloy has just maxed out on a fifteen-year prison sentence for the theft of $15 million dollars. Right before leaving prison, he learns that his sister is brutally murdered. Even though he has 15 million reasons to stay clean, as far as he’s concerned there is only one priority; finding and eliminating the killer. Soon he meets up with Hilary Kelly, a private investigator hired by the insurance company that paid on the theft claim of the money stolen from the casino. They hit it off immediately and soon become more than just friends. Kelly decides to throw in with Malloy. Together they work to uncover exactly what happened to his sister and why. Then, to make a complicated situation even worse, Malloy and Kelly learn that Malloy’s sister was really a special agent with the Department of Homeland Security, trying to locate the special plates to produce counterfeit currency. As the bodies start to pile up, things go from complicated to very dangerous with many folks out to get them. Malloy develops a plan to finish his quest. It has to be a good plan if they are to survive.

Dead Money Run by J. Frank James is a pure adrenalin rush from the very beginning. Yes, it is very violent with some strong language, but filled with excitement that keeps the reader wanting to know what comes next. There were a few plot holes and a couple of editing problems, but that didn’t change the fact that it is a well written action adventure. I’ve always liked hard core characters and Dead Money Run didn’t let me down. I liked the ending and look forward to other adventures with Lou and Kelly.