Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Bloodhound Books for inviting me on the Blog Blitz for MORTAL OUTCOMES by Dave Stanton
When a pair of accused rapists from a New Jersey-based gang surface in South Lake Tahoe, bounty hunter Dan Reno is called in. The first is easy to catch, but the second, a Satanist suspected of a string of murders, is an adversary, unlike any Reno, has faced before. After escaping Reno’s clutches, in the desert outside of Carson City, the target vanishes. That is until he makes it clear he intends to settle the score.
To make matters worse, the criminal takes an interest in a teenage boy and his talented sister, both friends of Reno’s.
Wading through a drug-dealing turf war and a deadly feud between mobsters running a local casino, Reno has to hunt a ghost-like adversary who is calling all the shots.
The more Reno learns more about his target, the more he’s convinced that mayhem is inevitable unless he can capture him quickly. He’d prefer it to be clean, without further bloodshed. But sometimes that isn’t possible, especially when Reno’s partner Cody Gibbons decides it’s time for payback.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Well firstly I have to say that this is my first novel by this author and although it is book three in the series it can be read as a stand alone.
I really liked the idea of this book, not cops going after the bad guys but bounty hunters going after the ones that got away! Now this should have been a straight forward just round the two nasty pieces of work up that had violated all the rules in the book and deliver them to the Sheriff, but no! OK one was a piece of cake the other not so much. Dan Reno was soon to find out that the man he was tracking down would make it very personal.
There are bad guys in stories and there are evil men, well this one is definitely the latter and as slippery as an eel. A Satanist accused of a sting of murders, which I have to say does keep growing. Reno has to call for the help of Cody Gibbons, love this guy that is the funny man in this duo, but it is still like chasing a shadow that just leaves as they arrive anywhere.
There are some brilliant characters in this story that get more than a little revved up when Reno and Cody poke at them for information. Here is where I have to say that I really did have a soft spot for one of the bad guys. John Switton, I know yikes he really is a hard man but well you will see. This is a brilliant entertaining read from full on tension to humour with a pair of very likeable, loveable bounty hunters that stretch the boundaries of the law for the best possible reasons. Loved it!
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1960, Dave Stanton moved to Northern California in 1961. He received a BA in journalism from San Jose State University 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’s six novels all feature private investigator Dan Reno and his ex-cop buddy, Cody Gibbons.
OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES