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Deep Down Dead (Lori Anderson) by [Broadribb, Steph]
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"Fast, confident, and suspenseful. My kind of book." Lee Child

"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

"Read some great debuts this year but Deep Down Dead is a real cracker. Steph Broadribb kicks ass, as does her ace protagonist Lori Anderson!" Mark Billingham

"I gobbled this book up in one sitting, if you want an adrenaline rush of escapism, look no further. Deep Down Dead is an explosive, gun-slinging, fast paced read that left me wanting more, there's surely unfinished business waiting for Lori Anderson!" Love Reading

"Childcare issues don't come much more complicated than in the case of Florida bounty hunter Lori Anderson, who has to take her seriously ill daughter Dakota along in her pursuit of a criminal with inevitably disastrous consequences. The British author has spent time training as a bounty hunter in the US but don't expect documentary realism: this is romping entertainment that moves faster than a bullet." Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express

"If you like your action to race away at full tilt, then this whirlwind of a thriller is a must." Deirdre O'Brien, Sunday People

"With convincing, gritty local detail, unflinching violence, and a subplot of red-hot romance, all narrated by a likeable, fast-talking heroine, this punchy and powerful adventure will leave you wanting more." Mirror

"Stripper-turned-bounty hunter Lori, with her sickly young daughter in tow, gets into high-octane escapes when she sets out to bring her former lover and mentor to justice. Lively." The Times Crime Club, January Pick

"The ride Deep Down Dead delivers is fast-paced, zipping around the South Eastern US with chases, fights, ambushes and desperate escapes… All the action is well described, with the right amount of bone crunching, gunfire and gore. It feels realistic and not over the top… there's a sensitivity in the telling of Lori's struggle to save her daughter that gives Deep Down Dead a bit more depth than other action thrillers." Crime Fiction Lover

"The non-stop twists and turns - plus Lori's constant dilemma as she is torn between the instincts of motherhood and the need to stay focused on her perilous mission - draw in readers like a magnet and keep them hooked to the action right up to the emotional conclusion." Burnley Gazette

"If anything, Broadribb and her protagonist, tough Florida bounty hunter Lori Anderson, have more than a hint of Lee Child and Jack Reacher about them, with (literally) no punches pulled. The other parallel with Lee Child is, of course, the fact that this is an English writer making a sterling job of finding an American voice for both the narrative and the characters, and Broadribb proves to be just as adroit in this area as her male counterpart… a promising debut delivered with both energy and colour." Barry Forshaw, Crime Time

"Deep Down Dead is a blast of a book - fast-paced, engaging and hugely entertaining." Simon Toyne, author of Solomon Creed "Steph Broadribb has written a brilliant, pacey, bounty-hunter tale that marks the beginning of what will undoubtedly become a sparkling career." --Steve Cavanagh, author of The Defence

"An action-packed crime thriller dripping with intrigue from the Deep South, and with a feisty no-nonsense heroine to boot. It's a début that demands to be read, with excitement and exhilaration flying off every page. In Lori Anderson, Broadribb has created a memorable and authentic female lead - and readers will be left wanting the next instalment of her adventures as soon as possible." David Young, author of Stasi Child

"Deep Down Dead oozes authenticity. This is an engaging, original thriller with the type of characters you wish you knew in real life. Fresh, compelling and beautifully written, with a real cinematic quality. Read it. Now." S.J.I. Holliday, author of The Damselfly

"Tough as a pair of rhino-hide cowboy boots and unremittingly energetic. An explosive, exciting debut." David Mark, author of Dead Pretty

"An action packed Southern road noir that pulls no punches. Single mom/bounty hunter Lori Anderson is an engaging new heroine, and Deep Down Dead is quite simply a hell of a thriller." Mason Cross, author of The Killing Season

"A fresh and compelling debut with an intriguing plot, a great new heroine, and a setting that zings with authenticity." Anya Lipska, author of A Devil Under the Skin

"Kick-ass thriller writing of the highest order." Rod Reynolds

"A relentless page-turner." J.S. Law

"A series that will run and run." Howard Linskey

"A blistering debut." Neil Broadfoot

"You have to read it." Michael J. Malone

"If you love romantic suspense, you'll love this ride." Alexandra Sokoloff

"Deft and assured." Chris Whitaker

"A stunning debut from a major new talent." Zoë Sharp

"Perfect for fans of Lee Child and Janet Evanovich." Alex Caan

"Powerful, passionate and packs a real punch." Fergus McNeill

"Delivers thrills at breakneck pace." Marnie Riches

"Assured and emotionally moving." Daniel Pembrey

"Crying out to be a Hollywood movie." Louise Voss

"High-octane and breathlessly paced." Ava Marsh

"One of my favourite debut novels for a long, long time." Luca Veste

"A fast-talking, gun-toting heroine with a heart of gold." Claire Seeber

"A top crime talent! Unputdownable." Helen Cadbury

"Relentless, breathtaking and emotionally charged." Jane Isaac

"A gritty debut that will appeal to Sue Grafton fans." Caroline Green

"Great action scenes and great atmosphere. " --C.J. Carver

About the Author

Steph Broadribb was born in Birmingham and grew up in Buckinghamshire. Most of her working life has been spent 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 alumni 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 is her debut novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 934 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: ORENDA BOOKS (15 Oct. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01F3F4480
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #125,062 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It's quite amazing how often I had to remind myself that this relentless jackhammer of a thriller is a debut novel. Steph Broadribb is a British author who has pulled off an American first-person narrative voice so convincingly you can hear the twang, and her well-rounded, three-dimensional characters are swept along by a plot that sinks gator teeth in you every time you try to put the book down. It's got all the ingredients of the country music that would surely be the soundtrack to the movie - which ought to be made - a hard-working momma, a doomed romance and a sick child - but they come together in a story that's anything but corny. Tough female bounty hunter Lori Anderson, desperate for cash to pay her daughter's medical bills, takes on a lucrative job, even though it means re-opening a door into a past that haunts her. In no time at all, she, her daughter, and the man she has to bring in are up to their necks in danger and the reader had better buckle up. Lori is a great character, hard as nails and prepared to make painful choices, but human and vulnerable at the same time. Other thriller writers need to look over their shoulders, and if this book isn't at least short-listed for some tasty awards, I will be astonished. A new author who is definitely one to watch.
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Oh. My. Word. From the opening scene you can tell there is something very different and something very right about this book. Lori is a woman with an attitude, an edge. Straight talking, focused, wary, she is one tough woman. Someone who has been through the ringer over the course of her life and come out the other side stronger and more in control. Stripper turned bounty hunter, she is focused only on her daughter and her honest talking, no-nonsense attitude is refreshing to say the least. I’m not normally one for brashy female characters, but there is just something about Lori. She won’t take messing from anyone and she uses her wits to out gun any man out there. I really like her style.

After an intrigue laden opening, the first few chapters of this book may lull you into a false sense of security. They ease you in, setting the scene for what will become a high-octane, high-stakes, hellishly gripping and turbulent ride alongside Lori and her target fugitive JT. Make the most of them because once from there on in you’re going to need your strength. After Lori sets off to collect JT you’ll barely get a chance to catch your breath. It is pow after pow of action, the plot twisting as surely as a mountain road, and as JT slowly reveals the truth behind his arrest and the reason for him going on the run, you will be left speechless. And maybe a little creeped out. It definitely depicts the darker side of the Sunshine State. Kind of makes me think twice about heading back to the Magic Kingdom too.

There are no overly gratuitous moments of violence in the book as such, but you can rest assured that both JT and Lori are kick-ass bounty hunters who know how to take care of themselves.
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Seriously, how outrageously good is 'Deep Down Dead?!' It buzzes with an intensity that’s so feverish by the time I’d finished reading I’d forgotten how to blink.

Combine its rapid fire plot with insurmountable complications, where the odds of survival in a wicked game of endurance swing wildly out of control – and that’s not even scratching the surface.

I have colossal respect for Lori Anderson: Bounty Hunter, mom, life survivor. With her young daughter’s health troubling her, and existing medical bills + living expenses mounting up, Lori needs to take the next high paying bounty that comes along – something big that will be worth her trouble to settle her debts, for a few months at least.

When she asks Quinn for a job she wasn’t expecting to hear the name of another Bounty Hunter she who taught her everything she knows. Aah, should be easy, Quinn said. It’s just a collection and delivery, and you’ve got three whole days to do it…

The story of the pick up is told by Lori herself and the dialogue exchanges are just superb. During the perfectly rolling scenes I felt had more than five senses - I could almost feel the intensity of the temperature rising and the grit from the road sticking to my skin.

Crossing state lines into unknown territory, evading capture by the seat of her pants and facing jaw-breaking flashes of resistance that she could never have prepared for, Lori's toughened spirit is tested beyond anyone's limit. The reason why JT, another straight-talking Bounty Hunter, is being bought in kept me on my toes as the trust between the two of them shifts constantly and JT is like a human minefield!
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I knew that from the moment I started reading Deep Down Dead that I was in for a rip-roaring adventure and I never found a dull moment in this book. Steph’s writing is first class and there is no question about it, this novel is certainly going to be a hit; from blogging, reviewing and reading crime for years it seems that she certainly knows her stuff. I hated having to put down the novel, only because of other commitments or a desperate need for sleep, and I couldn’t wait to dive straight back into it again.

Well, what can I say about Lori Anderson that hasn’t already been said? Lori is a bounty hunter from Florida with a troubled past that continues to haunt her, the star protagonist of Steph Broadribb’s debut novel, Deep Down Dead, a heart pounding action thriller set in America that could very well rival with Jack Reacher.

Lori has had a tough few years. Her only child, nine-year-old Dakota, has been fighting cancer and Lori has huge medical bills to pay off. When a job comes in with the offer of a huge sum of money she knows she can’t turn it down. But there’s a problem; the man who her boss wants her to bring in is her former instructor and friend, and a man who knows her biggest secret, a man known to Lori as JT.

When no one is on hand to help, Lori makes the decision to take her daughter with her to bring JT in, unbeknown to her is the amount of danger she has now put them in. It has been years since she has seen JT, and from the outset he has changed in a dramatic way from when she last knew him. Can she really trust her feelings for him? Does she really know who is anymore? Following on from her acceptance of the mission, Lori’s whole world is turned upside down.
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