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Deep Blue Trouble Lori Anderson Paperback – 5 Jan 2018
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"Steph Broadribb kicks ass, as does her ace protagonist Lori Anderson!" --Mark Billingham "With a Stephanie Plum-style protagonist in bounty hunter Lori, Deep Down Dead has a Midnight Run feel to it, but much darker. Really, really good." --Ian Rankin "This is a good one--fast, confident, and suspenseful. My kind of book." --Lee Child on Deep Down Dead
About the Author
Steph Broadribb was born in Birmingham and grew up in Buckinghamshire. Most of her working life has been divided between the UK and USA. As her alter ego - Crime Thriller Girl - she indulges her love of all things crime fiction by blogging at www.crimethrillergirl. com, where she interviews authors and reviews the latest releases. Steph is an alumnus 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, her debut novel, published by Orenda Books, was the first in the Lori Anderson series, and was shortlisted for two Dead Good Reads Awards, including Best Debut and Most Fearless Female Protagonist. Steph also writes under the name Stephanie Marland. The first Stephanie Marland book, My Little Eye, will come out in ebook in November 2017 and paperback in April 2018 with Trapeze Books (Orion). You can follow Steph on Twitter @CrimeThrillGirl and on Facebook at Facebook.com/crimethrillergirl, or visit her website: www.crimethrillergirl.com.
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From the ending of Deep Down Dead you just knew that Lori was getting herself mixed up in something that was bigger than she could understand. The question was just how big and was the potential pay off worth it. Well, with JT facing a potential death penalty charge and his life in great danger in a prison full of people he helped capture, then I would say fans of Lori's kick ass and red hot mentor would say absol-bloomin-lutely. Which, thankfully for them, is exactly what Lori says too.
I don't need to say too much about the plot. Lori is a Bounty Hunter and she has been out on the trail of an escaped murder suspect who killed three police officers during his escape. Pretty high stakes stuff. Lori has caught him once before, but this time he has far more to lose and she knows it. And from the minute she says yes, this is where the action starts and the adrenaline begins pumping. You just know, thankfully, that nothing is going to be easy for poor Lori - where would be the fun in that - and that what will ensue is the kind of high action, high octane thrill ride that typified the first book in the series. The backdrop may have changed, this time visiting Southern California and Mexico, but the action is just as hard and Lori just as tough.
I really love the character of Lori. Steph Broadribb has created a formidable heroine, as smart as she is tough, with a whole bunch of skills and a kind of instinct which could as easily get her killed as catch her man. She is loyal to a fault, feels all the pain suffered by her friends as if it were her own, and is motivated by only one thing - protecting her family. How can you not respect that? As for JT? Well he's in real trouble and fans of his, of which I am sure there are many, will be on the edge of their seats hoping and praying he survives the rum treatment Ms Broadribb serves upon him in this book. If you thought he was treated badly in the first one, you 'aint seen nothin' yet.
There are a whole bunch of new, complicated and complex characters introduced throughout this book, some sympathetic, some less so. I really liked Red, the kind of no nonsense character that Lori needed on her side with JT indisposed. While we might not see as much of him as I'd have liked, I think if I were to have an older guy book crush, it might be him. I'm kind of picking up a Sam Elliott/Roadhouse kind of vibe from him. Hope we meet him again some day. I get the feeling that Lori's going to need some help.
Aside from the great characters, I think the overriding success of this series comes down to one thing - its authenticity. From the language used, the colloquialisms and attitude of Lori for one thing, through to the way in which the hunt is described, even to the passive (and not so passive) aggression and tension which exists between Lori and fellow hunter McGregor, it all just feels right. You know that the experience, the research and immersion in the act of learning how to be a bounty hunter has really paid off in creating an exhilarating and excitingly original series of books. She makes you care about Lori and JT, creates a state where you appreciate the dangers that Bounty Hunters face in order to do their jobs. then makes it exciting, nerve wracking and so fast paced you won't have time to even stop and breathe.
This is a one sitting kind of a read so think carefully about when you are going to pick it up. Once you start, just like Lori facing down her target, you won't want to back away until you turn the very last page. A totally cracking book. Can't wait for book three...
In Deep Blue Trouble we join Lori, single mother, Florida based bounty hunter, as she tries to save JT. JT is the father of her daughter, Dakota, and he is currently in jail, heading for Death Row. So, what's the best way to save him? Throw Lori headlong into a dangerous and threatening situation and pull the reader straight into a plot full of risk and adventure? Yes, of course it is! Lori takes an off-the-books job to bring back Gibson "The Fish" Fletcher and in return JT will walk free.
That's all I'm saying. You have to read the book yourself to find out what happens, how Lori has to travel across state, team up with another bounty hunter who has a different way of working, put herself under more pressure, in more danger and all the while, the clock is ticking loudly in the background as JT waits in prison. It's tense, I can tell you!
The thing that is most compelling about Broadribb's novels is the main character. It's great to see more independent, strong and feisty women taking control of the story lines and Broadribb's character does this while always feeling authentic and believable. She is different but nothing is contrived. I like the emotional depth we get with Lori because of the relationship she has with her daughter and the dilemmas this creates for her when she is working.
'Coffee can be a cure for many things, but it couldn't change the distance between me, JT and Dakota."
It's really great to see that even a bounty hunter feels guilty for not being on the end of a phone and the juggle between her role as a mother as well as a someone with a career is well depicted. I think her core values are also important in grounding her and making her more realistic and they add an important angle. Just as her relationship with JT also reveals more about her character and emotional complexity.
The other thing that is compelling about Deep Blue Trouble is the immediacy of the language, the informality of the prose and the authenticity of the dialogue. The reader feels very at ease with Broadribb's writing and the Lori's narrative. Most of the story is told from Lori's point of view and it's very easy to engage with her. I like her upfront, honest and frank way of talking and they way this transfers to the whole style of the book.
This is a fast paced, action packed thriller. The setting and location are very clearly evoked and the reader is able to imagine and picture each scene and each character. It's great fun to step into Lori's world even though it is dangerous and full of threat. Deep Blue Trouble is an edge of your seat read and one that you want to be part of each step of the way. I enjoyed it because it stands out; it's fresh, bold and it's great that everything I loved about Deep Down Dead is also here in Deep Blue Trouble.
If you like Angela Clarke, Corrie Jackson and strong, believable female leads then you will love Steph Broadribb's Lori Anderson. One of the reasons I enjoyed this novel is because it doesn't really compare with any other detective series I have read recently. There are almost no comparisons between Lori's life and mine, but I have empathy, admiration and respect for her and I love to be taken on the nail biting ride as she fights for what she know needs to be done and what she knows is right. As they said in the story, "People like us don't like to be bored...lack of adventure, that's what kills you in the end." I'm pretty sure we are going to be seeing a lot more adventures from Lori Anderson!
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