I’m delighted to take part in the blog tour for the latest Lori Anderson adventure – Deep Dirty Truth by Steph Broadribb. Thanks to Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books and Anne Cater for asking me to take part. And a very big thank you to Steph for sending me the book as part of #TeamLori. Before I give you my review, here’s the blurb.
A price on her head, and just 48 hours to expose the truth, and save her family…
Single-mother bounty hunter Lori Anderson has finally got her family back together, but her new-found happiness is shattered when she’s snatched by the Miami Mob, who they want her dead. But rather than a bullet, they offer her a job: find the Mob’s ‘numbers man’ – Carlton North – who’s in protective custody after being forced to turn federal witness against them. If Lori succeeds, they’ll wipe the slate clean and the price on her head – and those of her family – will be removed. If she fails, they die.
With only 48 hours before North is due to appear in court, Lori sets across Florida, racing against the clock to find him, and save her family…
She’s back! One of my favourite kick-ass female protagonists – Lori Anderson. Seriously, this poor woman never gets a break. JT is slowly on the mend after being attacked by the Miami Mob. But the person they’re really after is Lori and they find her right at the beginning of the book. In order to lift the ‘kill’ order that’s been placed on her, Lori is tasked with doing a job for Old Man Bonchese. One of his men has gone rogue and is in hiding with the FBI. All Lori has to do is find him and bring him home. Simple, eh?
This novel hurtles along at break-neck speed. Although we mostly hear from Lori, there are some chapters from JT’s perspective. He and Dakota (his and Lori’s daughter) have to go into hiding as the Mob are also after them. Being apart puts a strain on Lori and JT’s relationship as JT discovers more about his daughter’s illness.
We also get to see Dakota in a whole new light. Although she’s scared and JT does his best to protect her, she has oodles of fighting spirit – not surprising given her parents.
I absolutely loved this book. Just everything is right – from the plot to the characterisation to the setting as we weave in and out of the southern States, including the ominous ‘Gator’ country. The authenticity of Steph’s language is, as always, impressive. I raced through the story as the tension grew, wondering how Lori was going to get out of her latest escapade. For me, this is the best Lori Anderson so far. And, judging by the ending, I’m very much looking forward to the next instalment.
You can buy Deep Dirty Truth as an e-book now or pre-order the paperback for 24th January here.
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 crimethrillergirl.com, where she interviews authors and reviews the latest
releases. She is also a member of the crime-themed girl band The Splice Girls.
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, which inspired her Lori
Anderson thrillers. She lives in Buckinghamshire surrounded by horses, cows and
chickens. Her debut thriller, Deep Down Dead, was shortlisted for the Dead Good
Reader Awards in two categories, and hit number one on the UK and AU kindle charts. My Little Eye, her first novel under her pseudonym Stephanie Marland was published by Trapeze Books in April 2018.