Friday, 5 April 2013

Blood Money - Doug Richardson

Steal some blood plasma from Reno, drive to LA, get it shipped overseas, collect a million dollars and then head off to Ireland for a friends wedding. A simple enough plan for ex-marine Greg Beemer - or so he thinks.

Lucky Dey, Kern County detective gets a phone call waking him from a migraine filled sleep with news that his younger, not so lucky, brother has died. The only clue that they can go on is a black on black refrigerator trailer.

Conrad Ellis, a multi-millionaire entertainment tycoon, mourns the sudden loss of his daughter Pepper Ellis, an up and coming teenage starlet, but wants justice. In fact he demands it. Will the ambitious federal attorney Lilly Zoller be the one to help him?

Rey Palamino, pool guy, is doing a favor because the ex-marine asking knew his sorely missed dead son Danny.

LAPD Detective Lydia Gonzales aka Gonzo, is told to babysit the Kern detective. She's disgruntled not only because she's missing out on flying lessons but she quickly realizes that the short haired, tough cop is 'hell bent' on revenge.

Six people lives become entangled in an escapade of guns, bombs and miss-information. In his quest to deliver the goods, the ex-marine leaves behind a trail of destruction. Will the various government departments apprehend the elusive Beemer? Or will Lucky live up to his name, catch the felon and finally lay his brother to rest?

A story of 'best laid plans', Richardson's novel is a roller-coaster of thrills as each decision made from the different parties effects the outcome. The story is dramatic from the very beginning and keeps you on the edge throughout the entire venture. Each of Beemer's actions and reactions are gutsy yet methodical and almost well thought out. With Rey's sudden jolt of conscious turning the whole journey upside down - can Beemer reach his destination with his precious cargo in tact?

A brilliant, bold adventure is had on the hot streets of LA. With ironic morality, the plot weaves a complex picture of these people's nuances, battles and inner demons (to a lesser extent). Even though there is no real hero, I found myself rooting for Beemer to make it. And along with no hero, the characters met are not particularly likable but have been written with great depth and vibrancy. The style of writing is conversational, easy and with an edge. The author has created an enthralling and unpredictable story that kept me captivated to the very end. A highly recommended read.


Doug Richardson is the author of three previous novels including True Believers and Dark Horse. He is a well known and respected screenwriter and credits include Die Hard 2 : Die Harder and Money Train. He writes a popular weekly blog and lives in Southern California with his wife, two children and four muttsLearn more about Doug

I received a complimentary copy of this book to review. The opinions expressed are my own and I am not required to give a positive critique.

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