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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.