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’99 Percent Kill’ By Doug Richardson

Monday – It was so much easier than the old days. Back then, it was closer to a fifty-fifty deal. Half of the investment came from the sheer force of Herm’s personality, the other half from pure sweat equity. Herm was fast closing on sixty-years-old, practically ancient in the flesh game. And with no retirement plan but for the slivers of cash he could stow in his City National Bank safety deposit box, the former pimp was all about less talk and a high-efficiency system for identifying the most commercial girl.

This will be the third Doug Richardson thriller I will have read and ‘Lucky Dey’ is yet another of the quirky, slightly off-beat characters, which Doug manages to bring so vividly to life in his writing.

’99 Percent Kill’, is going to be the beginning of a series, which will establish Lucky on the L.A. scene, although Doug does assure the reader, that this can be read equally well as a stand alone story.

Herm sounds like a real rough diamond and I am sure that Lucky will have to be on his toes to outwit this seasoned campaigner!


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  • ‘Sweat equity’ – I’m intrigued. Here’s hoping this, the instalment, is every bit as good as the first.

    ‘Just because you’re not paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you.
    A burn hit the back of my throat and I almost snorted my vanilla latte through my nose when I caught a glimpse of Olivia’s T-shirt.’
    – Demons Not Included by Cheyenne McCray.

    Hardly an inspiring sort but it did get better.

    • Hi Tracy,

      I am guessing that ‘sweat equity’ for Herm, must be the time and effort he considers he puts into his ‘high-efficiency system for identifying the most commercial girl.’ – Although silly me, I had always assumed that it was the girls who had to earn all the hard ‘sweat equity’ for their pimp!!
      Ratings and reviews have been pretty mixed for ‘Demons Not Included’, although each of the subsequent 4 books in the series to date, have managed an increase of a few points, which is all to the positive.

      I can only imagine what Olivia has on her T-shirt, which causes such reaction – I wonder if it is funny or attention seeking?

      I do like the first line of your excerpt though …
      ‘Just because you’re not paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you.’ …
      Even though this isn’t a genre I particularly enjoy and probably wouldn’t read, if I had happened to pick this one off the shelf in the shop, I would have had to read at least a couple more pages, just to see if that statement was explained in a bit more detail!

      Thanks for sharing and I wonder if you plan to carry on with the series?

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      You never really think of a pimp as having a shelf life, do you? – But I suppose that the pimp’s image is a reflection of the girls he ’employs’, so the younger the better I guess!!

      Herm does sound like a bit of a rough diamond though and will certainly give Detective Luckey Day a run for his money no doubt!

      Thanks for stopping by, it is always good to hear from you and I appreciate your comments

    • Hi Jo,

      Both of Doug’s previous thrillers have been stand alone stories and although Doug has assured readers that ’99 Percent Kill’ also works well as a stand alone, he is using this book to introduce the character of Lucky Dey, as the prelude to a series featuring the on-again/off-again Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Detective.

      Thanks for your interest in my post today, I appreciate your comment and have a good weekend.

    • Hi Juli,

      Those first few lines may not seem deep enough to draw everyone in, however if Doug’s previous stories are anything to go by, ’99 Percent Kill’ will be fast paced and gritty, with a real sense of time and place. As that place is L.A. there may not always be a happy ending, however given that Doug is writing about his home territory, I’m certain that authenticity is never going to be a problem!

      It wouldn’t do for us all to enjoy the same stories of genres and I appreciate that, despite your reservations, you took the time to stop by 🙂

    • Hi Maria,

      Thanks for stopping by today. I love meeting new people, so your visits will always be welcome and your comments always appreciated.

      I must admit that I usually enjoy my thrillers a little more on the psychological side, but Doug does write a good fast-paced, no holds barred mystery / thriller. If you check out his impressive screen writing career, you’ll be able to tell from his list of film protagonists, just how skilfully he can build believable characters and situations and that’s why I am always eager to review his newest stories.


      Have a good weekend and ‘Happy Reading’

  • Sounds like an interesting intro to me! I liked your statement to Elizabeth about a pimp’s “shelf life”. Interesting thoughts!

    “Teddy Xanakis would have to steal the painting. What other choice did she have?”
    -(prologue) X by Sue Grafton

    • Hi Kelly,

      If Doug’s brand new character ‘Lucky Dey’ has anything to do with it, I should imagine that Herm might be looking for a brand new career sooner rather than later!!
      I love the way the ‘X’ was introduced straightaway, unless of course that’s a coincidence and not the main ‘X’ of the book’s title 🙂

      Being the greedy soul that I am, those few words only piqued my curiosity even more, so I went and checked out the complete opening pages at Amazon …

      I am definitely going to make time for this series, as I see that the books are generally quite short and manageable, so that I can slot them in between other books from time to time.

      ‘A’ is definitely on my radar now, thanks for sharing the series and enjoy this story 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      Whilst you may not have read any of Doug Richardson’s books, you will undoubtedly have come across some of the films in which he has had a hand. The pace and fast moving storylines for which his screen writing is renowned, is more than mirrored in his fiction writing and characters, making his books real page-turners!!


      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      Doug’s books are always full of gritty, quirky characters and the storylines are well fleshed out and thoughtfully constructed.

      It seems that, despite the law of anti ageism, 60 is still considered ‘old’ by most folks, especially in the employment world!

      I think that perhaps an ageing pimp is probably not the best advert for the profession, but I don’t imagine that Herm is going to quit the job without a fight!

      I hope that all is well with you and thanks for stopping by 🙂

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