“A small-time crook is given one shot at redemption…but sometimes being the good guy calls for doing bad things.”
SHADY CROSS is a fictional city in Indiana, big enough to have a crossroads and two major crime families. Stokes is a small time crook who discovers a major crime gig in progress and this is the story of his crime spree in order to accomplish the right outcome.
Stokes actually makes matters worse. He races away from the bar on his motorcycle and forces a car off the road and into a tree and the driver is killed. Stokes finds the driver’s back -pack full of $350,000.00 and a cell phone. The money was to ransom the driver’s six-year-old daughter.
The cellphone begins ringing every hour and a little voice asks if her Daddy is coming to get her and they can go home. The process and the plot thickens and the story goes at a quickened pace; the reader needs to know what is going to happen before the start of the new day.
The writing moves into twist after twist as Stokes attempts to find a missing $102,000.00 dollars that he is short. He has to keep finding new cars to get him around on his treasure hunt. He attempts to steal or loan the money he needs from some amazing characters that are interesting and quirky. There is the opportunity for Stokes to evaluate his life and figure out why he left his 2 year old daughter and her mother. Who was he supposed to be and how could he have turned out and lived his life differently? A form of redemption emerges.
I would recommend SHADY CROSS for thriller readers. The writing style is a bit gangsta for my taste, and yet the story line is good and the redemption theme is strongly written and saves the story. I personally had a hard time reading the story later in the day because I tried to save the little girl from her kidnappers all night long. Child victims are not a good theme for me. I was quite happy that TLC Book Tours sent me an advanced uncorrected proof to read and gave me more time with the book.
About the author from the TLC page:
Bestselling author James Hankins pursued writing at an early age. While attending NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, he received the Chris Columbus Screenwriting Award. After career detours into screenwriting, health administration, and the law, Hankins recommitted himself to writing fiction. Since then, he has written three popular thrillers, each of which spent time in the Kindle Top 100. Additionally, Brothers and Bones received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews and was named to their list of Best Books of 2013, while both Jack of Spades and Drawnwere Amazon #1 bestsellers. He lives with his wife and twin sons just north of Boston