Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Library - Crime Thriller Review "Blood Money" by Doug Richardson

Title:  Blood Money
Author: Doug Richardson
Publisher:  Velvet Elvis Entertainment
Publication Date: April 2, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Crime/Thriller
Format:  Paperback 320 pages  |  Kindle 830 KB

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Author's Goodreads Profile:  Doug Richardson 

Synopsis from Amazon: 

The disillusioned Marine’s plan seems simple enough: steal a refrigerated tractor trailer loaded with frozen blood product; drive the pirated cargo from Reno, Nevada to the Port of Long Beach; collect a million dollars. Yet even the most deliberate plans can go sideways. On his campaign south, the Marine’s “inner idiot” takes charge, leaving a smattering of dead bodies in his wake. 
In the dark before dawn, a telephone rings. Kern County Sheriff’s detective Lucas “Lucky” Dey, no stranger to being awakened with bad news, answers the call. But this time, the voice on the phone tells Lucky that his ill-fated younger brother has been gunned down on a blackened desolate highway. 

As Lucky chases the former Marine and his black semi-rig into the bowels of Los Angeles, he’s thrust into a landscape of competing agendas. Conrad Ellis, the multi-millionaire entertainment mogul, demands justice for the murder of his starlet daughter. Ambitious federal attorney Lilly Zoller is determined to turn any opportunity into her personal spotlight. Rey Palomino, the morally challenged contractor, colludes with the former Marine hoping to crawl out from under a crushing debt. LAPD detective and dedicated single mom Lydia "Gonzo" Gonzales, reluctantly accepts her assignment to "babysit" the unrestrained Kern County detective hell-bent on avenging his brother's death at any cost. 

A knee-breaking private detective, some unwitting feds, and a coterie of gang-busting L.A. Sheriff’s deputies further complicate the scenario and round out the cast of characters in this explosive and unpredictable thrill ride.
My Thoughts...
This was a pretty good read!  It's fast paced and it's pretty much non-stop action from the very first page.  This is a book that has a pretty big cast of characters, with the exception of "Gonzo" and Lucky, they are all pretty unlikable.  Really, Lucky isn't written as an overly likable character, but I still liked him!  This is the type of book that would make an excellent action movie.

Overall, the story is pretty upfront.  There is no mystery to solve per se, we know from the very first chapter who the "bad guy" is and it's quite obvious that he has issues.  Beemer leaves behind a trail of bodies that starts with the death of a police officer and a high profile TV teenager.  

For me, this was a quick read because it was so fast paced.  It's full of high speed chases,  explosions and murder.  This luxury big rig full of stolen plasma leaves a trail of destruction in it's wake.  Readers who like crime drama are sure to be intrigued by this story.  It's hard to do a good review because there was just so much going on all the time!

I did like Richardson's writing style.  It's clear that he can tell a good story.  I didn't realize that Lydia "Gonzo" Gonzales' story was started in another book, but I think I will have to look for that one.  I really did like her character and she is definitely one I would like to know more about.  I am also hoping, based on the ending, that we haven't heard the last of "Lucky" Dey.

*Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book courtesy of the author in exchange for my honest review.*

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