Blind Luck by Dave Stanton
Jimmy Homestead’s glory days as a high school stud are a distant memory. His adulthood hads amounted to temporary jobs, petty crime and discount whiskey. But when he wins $43 million on the lottery all that changes.
With money, everything is great for Jimmy, until people from his past start coming out of the woodwork seeking payback over transgressions Jimmy thought were long forgotten.
Caught in the middle are private detective Dan Reno and his friend Cody Gibbons – two men just trying to make a living.
Reno, fighting to save his home from foreclosure, thinks that’s his biggest problem. But his priorities change when Gibbons and Jimmy are kidnapped by a gang of cartel thugs. In a fight to save his friend’s life, Reno is drawn into a case that will result bodies scattered all over northern Nevada.
But Can Reno save his friend?
This is book 2 in the Dan Reno series. Dan is a Private Investigator in California and we were introduced to him and his sidekick, Cody, in book 1. However, this does work well as stand alone but you will have missed some of the background and history.
I am not sure if it is intentional or not but I find there is a fair bit of humour interlaced in the stories. More so this one than Stateline.
The story begins with Jimmy, who is a bit of a lad. Drugs, drink, women …. After living hand to mouth for many years he wins the lottery and is suddenly rolling in money. Problems start when all the people he cheated, robbed or hurt in his past start chasing him for a chunk of his money.
Dan and Cody are hired by Sheila to find Jimmy and then they will get paid. They don’t realise what they are letting themselves in for but Dan needs income so they have little choice but to take a chance on Sheila.
What follows is an adrenaline pumping roller coaster ride to see who will get to Jimmy first. When the Mexicans muscle in on the scene it does not bode well for anyone.
Dan and Cody’s characters develop over the course of the book into realistic but well defined and complex characters. It was a very enjoyable read and I am looking forward to more from this author.
Many thanks to Sarah and Bloodhound Books for inviting me on the Blog Tour.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1960, Dave Stanton moved to Northern California in 1961. He attended San Jose State University and received a BA in journalism in 1983. Over the years, he worked as a bartender, newspaper advertising salesman, furniture mover, debt collector, and technology salesman. He has two children, Austin and Haley, and lives with his wife, Heidi, in San Jose, California.
Stanton is the author of six novels, all featuring private investigator Dan Reno and his ex-cop buddy, Cody Gibbons.