Steph Broadribb

Deep Dirty Truth

"...has all the ingredients of a great thriller..."


Single-mother bounty hunter Lori Anderson finally has her family back together, but her new-found happiness is shattered when she's snatched by the Miami Mob – and they want her dead.

Rather than a bullet, they offer her a job: find the Mob's 'numbers man' 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 North due in court in 48 hours, Lori sets off across Florida, racing against the clock to find him and save her family. Only in this race the prize is deadlier – and the secret she shares with JT more dangerous – than she ever could have imagined.

In this race only the winner gets out alive…

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'Deep Dirty Truth' is the third instalment in the Lori Anderson series. I haven't read the previous two novels, but this didn't affect my enjoyment of this fast-paced, page-turning thriller. Following recent traumatic events, Lori's life is now relatively settled. She's living with her boyfriend, JT, and her daughter, Dakota. The three of them have fallen into a comfortable routine that's abruptly broken when Lori is kidnapped by the Miami mob one morning after dropping Dakota to school. What follows is a tightly paced, adrenaline fuelled race through Florida and the surrounding states as Lori attempts to track North down and persuade him to hand himself over to the Old Man. As the hours race past, Lori's attempts to find North and save her family become increasingly desperate. Especially when Lori discovers that someone close to the Old Man will stop at nothing to prevent her carrying out the Old Man's instructions. 'Deep Dirty Truth' has all the ingredients of a great thriller - a fast-paced, complicated plot; a kick-ass protagonist; sharp dialogue; and plenty of secondary characters who add real depth to the story. Alongside JT, Dakota and Lori's old buddy, Red, Carlton North is a really great character who I was rooting for from the beginning. The thing that really makes this novel, however, is Lori herself. It is so refreshing to read a thriller with a female central character. Especially when that female is as all-round compelling as Lori Anderson.

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