Published by Amazon Publishing on February 24th 2015
Genres: Crime, Fiction, General, Suspense, Thrillers
ARC provided by TLC Book Tours
In one hand, small-time crook Stokes holds a backpack stuffed with someone else's money--three hundred and fifty thousand dollars of it.
In the other hand, Stokes has a cell phone, which he found with the money. On the line, a little girl he doesn't know asks, "Daddy? Are you coming to get me? They say if you give them the money they'll let you take me home."
From bestselling author James Hankins comes a wrenching story of an unscrupulous man torn between his survival instincts and the plight of a true innocent. Faced with the choice, Stokes discovers his conscience might not be as corroded as he thought.
I really enjoyed this story. Shady Cross is a story about a crook named Stokes who finds himself at a crossroads. Hankins has created a story here about redemption. Stokes is the perfect character to pull this off and in need of redemption more then he realizes.
Stokes spent the whole morning in the police station being questioned about a burglary gone wrong, where the victim ends up in a coma. One the way home Stokes is in an accident he probably caused. Stokes finds the other driver dead in his car. As any shady person would, he searches the car and covers his tracks, not wanting to be connected to the accident. Stokes can’t believe his luck when he finds a whole backpack full of money in the car, $350K. This is just what he needs to get out of town. Everything is perfect until the phone in the backpack rings. The people on the other end are holding the 6 year daughter of the dead man for ransom, the ransom that now lies in Stokes hands.
It is a really bad day for Stokes to grow a conscience. His idea to run out of town with the money gets all messed up right away. The loan sharks find him and they won’t take no for an answer. Stokes is not an easy guy to root for and his credit is shot everywhere he turns for help, but his mission is pure. I really enjoyed his wit. This story takes place in the 12 hours following his accident and his introduction to wealth. The lengths he goes to reach his goal are so admirable. There were quite a few surprises as he tries to do the right thing. In this book we see that bad guys aren’t all bad and good people can be really evil. I really ended up feeling bad for Stokes. Everything goes wrong for him, but he presses on. The kidnappers in this book are no joke. They mean business and a few scenes make me squirm. Stokes faces his past and really shows his redeeming qualities.
I read this book in one sitting. It is 298 pages and I don’t regret a single moment of it. The books grabbed my attention right away and kept me hooked. This was a great ride with an ending I did not expect.
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