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 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 don't know about you, but it sure would hard to pass up $350,000 on the side of the road, huh? But, when the cell phone rang and the little girl asked if her Daddy was coming to get her, that was the end of the thought of just taking off with the money for Stokes.
Which was a big surprise since just the night before he robbed some people of their money, not all of it, he left them some in case they needed to call for help or get a cab, but still, in general, he was a crook and who would pass up $350,000? The guy in the car was dead, so he sure wasn't going to tell anyone he came across it. But, that phone call messed with his mind and once Stokes makes up his mind, well, that's that. And I kind of like a person like that, one who makes a serious decision and follows it through to the end.
This story is one disaster and suspense filled with every chapter that you read. He has people lying to him, people trying to kill him, people trying to rob him of the money and he is just trying to do the right thing but even her awful mother, or so he thought she was her mother, turns out to be the one who put this all in motion but once you deal with the bad side of town and the bad people that live there, the deals are never really going to go through, or at least not to your liking or benefit.
By the end of the story, I really loved Stokes so the ending didn't sit well with me because I think he would have made a great series of books about helping out people in need because I have got to say, Angels were watching over him several times during the story and he got really lucky a few times.
You will definitely want to put this one on your To Read list!
About the Author:
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.
The author has been gracious enough to offer one winner from the Continental U.S. and Canada a print copy of Shady Cross. Good Luck Everyone!
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.