“Done with a life of exploitation and violence, Lori Anderson is training to be a bounty hunter. Holed up in the Georgia Mountains with her reclusive mentor, JT, Lori is determined to put her new skills into practice. Behind JT’s back, she breaks his rules and grabs the chance she’s looking for. Will her gamble pay off, or will she have to learn the hard way?
The Last Resort is the first in the Rookie Bounty Hunter series of short stories, marking the nail-biting start to a high-octane series of thrillers featuring one of the most unforgettable and fearless female protagonists in crime fiction.”
Eeeeekkkk!! Imagine my joy when early on Sunday morning I received a tweet telling me that a Lori Anderson short story had been published (thank you Christine!) and was mine for the taking, in exchange for 99p of course! I was over the moon and a little giddy. Actually, quite giddy because I ADORE Lori Anderson. If you missed my review of Deep Down Dead earlier this year then click here. And more recently, if you missed me shouting about my favourite Summer crime read over on Northern Crime, then click here (it’s Deep Down Dead by the way!).
I couldn’t wait to get my paws on The Last Resort and oh wow, if you want an introduction to the world of kick-ass bounty hunter Lori Anderson then this is the way to do it. This is the first in the Rookie Bounty Hunter series of short stories and I cannot wait for the next instalment. We meet Lori and her trainer JT as JT pummels and pounds her into the Georgia mountain soil. With an increasing number of bruises on her butt, our girl just keeps getting up to take more of the same. After all, training to be a bounty hunter means you’re going to get hurt. If you haven’t met Lori before you will soon learn pretty much everything you need to know about this strong, determined, feisty young woman.
JT is out on a job leaving Lori alone in his cabin. The phone rings and she is told about a bail skipper who needs to be caught; he’s missed his court date. Lori decides it’s time. She’s had enough training, she can handle this on her own. But can she…?
One of the things I love the most about the Lori Anderson books is how deliciously American they are. Even in a short story Steph Broadribb is able to transport you effortlessly to the Georgia mountains; the heat, the dust, the isolation. I flipping love it and despite only being a short story it was a wonderful thing to be united with one of my favourite characters in crime fiction, the magnificent Lori Anderson.
Would I recommend this book? Absolutely! Lori has quickly become a firm favourite and I can’t wait for more. It’s a punchy, fast paced short story and I absolutely loved it. More please, Steph Broadribb, and soon.
Five out of five stars.
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.