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Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb

Deep Down Dead

Part of the Lori Anderson Series
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A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.

Yet another assured British thriller debut, again set overseas, this time in deepest America where Lori Anderson, a young woman with a tumultuous past and a young child suffering from leukemia and in dire need of medical care, now operates as a fearless bounty hunter. Desperately in need of money, she manages to convince her employers to hand her a case which will involved bringing in the man she once loved and who also mentored her in her dangerous new profession. Tough, damaged, and ready for anything, Lori has the allure of a kick ass feminine Jack Reacher but with a heart that bleeds and will enchant not just female readers in the way she navigates between emotions, bloody action and mixed loyalties in tale full of colourful villains, fast cars, blood, guts, guns and more. A frenzied Florida ride with a memorable heroine. More please! ~ Maxim Jakubowski

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An edgy, raw and captivating debut novel. Bounty hunter Lori Anderson has had to learn some hard lessons in her life, yet the hardest of all, armed to the teeth with hostility, is waiting her arrival. Set over three days, Lori confronts her past, the mob, and a child exploitation racket. The prologue hooked my interest, and set me firmly in the storyline. Steph Broadribb has trained as a bounty hunter, she knows her stuff, and gives Lori a decisive and compelling voice. Lori tells her own story in short, sharp sentences, her voice is so clear, yet there are hidden depths, information waiting to be revealed. I gobbled this book up in one sitting, if you want an adrenaline rush of escapism, look no further. ‘Deep Down Dead’ is an explosive, gun-slinging, fast paced read that left me wanting more, there’s surely unfinished business waiting for Lori Anderson! ~ Liz Robinson

Click here to read a Q&A with Steph Broadribb about this book.

January 2017 Debut of the Month.

A 'Piece of Passion' from the Publisher...

I knew Steph well, as her alter ego ‘Crime Thriller Girl’, and was intrigued when I heard that she had written her debut thriller. I was slightly worried that it wouldn’t be right for the list, which could affect our friendship; however, from the first page of this startlingly mature debut, I was captivated. Deep Down Dead is, with no exaggeration, one of the best action thrillers I’ve read in years, with a beautiful sense of place, wonderfully vivid and authentically drawn characters, non-stop action, a high-octane, twisty-turny plot, and a memorable and moving love story at the heart. Lori Anderson is an unforgettable protagonist, and there is a real femininity to this book … she’s not a ‘bloke in nylons’, but a flesh-and-blood woman, and she’ll have you cheering for her from first page to last. The best news is that this is a series, so there is plenty more to come and I, for one, cannot wait. Steph has a fresh, unique, sophisticated and wholly authentic voice, and this is one book that you are unlikely to put down or forget in a hurry. In a word, Deep Down Dead is, quite simply, wow! ~ Karen Sullivan, Orenda Books


Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb

Lori Anderson is as tough as they come, managing to keep her career as a fearless Florida bounty hunter separate from her role as single mother to nine-year-old Dakota, who suffers from leukaemia. But when the hospital bills start to rack up, she has no choice but to take her daughter along on a job that will make her a fast buck. And that's when things start to go wrong. The fugitive she's assigned to haul back to court is none other than JT, Lori's former mentor - the man who taught her everything she knows ...the man who also knows the secrets of her murky past. Not only is JT fighting a child exploitation racket operating out of one of Florida's biggest theme parks, Winter Wonderland, a place where 'bad things never happen', but he's also mixed up with the powerful Miami Mob. With two fearsome foes on their tails, just three days to get JT back to Florida, and her daughter to protect, Lori has her work cut out for her. When they're ambushed at a gas station, the stakes go from high to stratospheric, and things become personal.Breathtakingly fast-paced, both hard-boiled and heart-breaking Deep Down Dead is a simply stunning debut from one of the most exciting new voices in crime fiction.


‘This is a good one - fast, confident, and suspenseful. My kind of book’ Lee Child

‘With a Stephanie Plum-style protagonist in bounty hunter Lori, Deep Down Dead has a Midnight Run feel to it, but much darker. Really, really good’ Ian Rankin

‘Read some great debuts this year but Deep Down Dead is a real cracker. Steph Broadribb kicks ass, as does her ace protagonist Lori Anderson!’ Mark Billingham

‘Deep Down Dead is a blast of a book – fast-paced, engaging and hugely entertaining' Simon Toyne, author of Solomon Creed ‘Steph

Broadribb has written a brilliant, pacey, bounty-hunter tale that marks the beginning of what will undoubtedly become a sparkling career’ Steve Cavanagh, author of The Defence

'An action-packed crime thriller dripping with intrigue from the Deep South, and with a feisty no-nonsense heroine to boot. It’s a début that demands to be read, with excitement and exhilaration flying off every page. In Lori Anderson, Broadribb has created a memorable and authentic female lead – and readers will be left wanting the next instalment of her adventures as soon as possible' David Young, author of Stasi Child

‘Tough as a pair of rhino-hide cowboy boots and unremittingly energetic. An explosive, exciting debut’ David Mark, author of Dead Pretty

‘An action packed Southern road noir that pulls no punches. Single mom/bounty hunter Lori Anderson is an engaging new heroine, and Deep Down Dead is quite simply a hell of a thriller’ Mason Cross, author of The Killing Season

'A fresh and compelling debut with an intriguing plot, a great new heroine, and a setting that zings with authenticity' Anya Lipska, author of A Devil Under the Skin

‘If anything, Broadribb and her protagonist, tough Florida bounty hunter Lori Anderson, have more than a hint of Lee Child and Jack Reacher about them, with (literally) no punches pulled. The other parallel with Lee Child is, of course, the fact that this is an English writer making a sterling job of finding an American voice for both the narrative and the characters, and Broadribb proves to be just as adroit in this area as her male counterpart … a promising debut delivered with both energy and colour’ Barry Forshaw, Crime Time

About the Author

Steph Broadribb

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.

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5th January 2017


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