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‘Dead Money Run’ by J. Frank James

The warden was a small man, but dressed neatly.

Everything about him was neat – from his hair to his shoes. He was almost too neat.

“So what are your plans, Lou?”

When I walked into the room, the warden turned over a little hour-glass full of sand. We both watched it for a few seconds and then looked at each other. This was the first time I ever met the man. What did he care about me now? Since he never cared before, I figured the man was just looking for information. Perhaps he wanted to give me a warning. I didn’t say anything.

I am guessing that Lou is just about to be released from prison and is having his pre-release interview with the warden. I wonder why Lou thinks that the warden may be giving him a warning. Are there past issues which are ongoing and which the warden wants to either find out  about, or nip in the bud?

Does the sand in the timer simply denote the time that Lou has been awarded for the interview, or is this the countdown to him being released to the outside world?

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    • Hi Lauren,

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

      I’m glad that you felt inspired to add ‘Dead Money Run’ to your TBR pile. I do enjoy a good crime thriller and so far, all the recommendations and review requests from Kelsey, over at Book Publicity Services, have been spot on, excellent reads!

      Have a great weekend 🙂

    • Hi Anne,

      I’m not sure if the warden was measuring his own, or Lou’s time, but it seems to be quite an impersonal and almost ruthless way to do it. Fancy sitting there, watching your time pass by like that!!

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your visits and comments 🙂

  • This does sound like a really interesting beginning although I’d have to be more to figure out whether I could really get invested in it! It doesn’t sound like something I typically read but that can be a good thing! Thanks for sharing 🙂 I hope you have a great weekend!
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    Juli @ Universe in Words

    • Hi Juli,

      As this doesn’t sound like your usual crime thriller, it is also probably going to take me out of my reading comfort zone.

      However, I have found so many good debut books and excellent new authors, by ‘investing’ (I love that word 🙂 ) time in exploring new genres and have become much more adventurous in my reading habits, since I began chatting with great bloggers such as yourself and accepting review requests directly.

      Definitely a good thing for me personally 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your comments.

    • Hi Nikki,

      I have to admit that the lines don’t really give anything much away about the storyline, however when read together with the synopsis, the picture becomes much more deadly and sinister.

      I have discovered some excellent new authors and series as a result of speaking to publishers, book publicity experts and of course the authors themselves and ‘Dead Money Run’ sounds right up my street!

      Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • I agree with your analysis. I wonder if there is something in Lou’s past the warden wants to speak about. Or, and this is really pushing it, maybe the warden wants to hire him for a job on the outside because he has a special skill like a cat burglar or hit man! I’m really letting my imagination fly with that!
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    Have a great weekend!

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      I think there are probably a couple of things the warden wants to speak to Lou about.
      One is possibly concerning a ‘job’ Lou has had a hand in, but not quite in the way you are thinking.
      The other is something which, if Lou takes it the way the warden thinks he will, could well see the two of them meeting up again some day!!

      I think this book has the potential to be a real page turner 🙂

      Hope you have had a good weekend and thanks for stopping by.

  • I’d definitely keep reading after that opening. Why did the warden use an hour glass? What did the warden say next? What crime did Lou commit that put him in prison? What’s going to happen to him on the outside? Not the genre I usually read, but I’m intrigued.
    My Friday post features MIDDLE-AGED CRAZY.

    • Hi Sandra,

      So many questions and I can only say that .. ‘what did the warden say next?’, .. is probably one of the most defining of them and is the one around which much of the entire story is based.

      This one is going to be an intense read and potentially not too lacking in violence either, so I am looking forward to getting started!

      Thanks for the visit and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

  • I certainly find it interesting enough to want to know more. I wonder about the hourglass (maybe just a quirk of the warden’s?) and also wonder what the time frame is for the story. (current day?)

    Oh dear. The very first word in the thriller I’m currently reading is an expletive, so I hesitate to share. Still, I haven’t found it to be indicative of an over-abundance of profanity in the story so far…so I’ll go ahead.

    “Fuck art, this is war.”
    That’s what Jack had always said right before he and Mike would open Jack’s old shop in North Carolina. A line would be waiting for them before they opened and wouldn’t disperse until long after their advertised closing time, a line of men coming to or leaving port, looking for a souvenir.

    A Good and Useful Hurt by Aric Davis

    • Hi Kelly,

      I can’t actually find out specific dates until I start reading the book, which I don’t want to resort to just yet, however the time frame does seem quite up to date, although Lou has been ‘out of circulation’ for a number of years!

      The hourglass is a bit of a macavre touch really, isn’t it? The warden either has a sick sense of humour, or is genuinely trying to ensure that everyone gests an equal amount of his time … talk about being institutionalised.

      Ha Ha! You really had me fooled with those teaser lines. I was wondering what kind of shop this could possibly be, but all my guesses were way off the mark, when I decided to check out the synopsis. Even the very first line didn’t click with me 🙂 A very intriguing premise for a story, the kind of quirky read which might just appeal to me, although I might wait and see what you think of it before committing myself.

      Thanks for sharing, a great comment 🙂

    • Ah! Now that’s a complicated question to answer Elizabeth 🙂

      Don’t forget that I also have the benefit of the synopsis at my fingertips …

      This should be the end of this situation for Lou’s character … However, the warden has plenty of ongoing unfinished business, which means he won’t want to lose complete touch with Lou … Also, depending on how Lou reacts to what is about to happen next, may depend on whether Lou and the warden begin a whole new chapter together in the future ….

      Got it yet? Hope I have piqued your interest a bit more and that you enjoy the book if you get to it first 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      That’s an aspect of things I must admit I hadn’t considered until you mentioned it.

      The synopsis doesn’t really give too much away either, although I suspect the warden is about to play a pivotal part in the extended opening to this book!

      Thanks for your unique and interesting comment arising from this week’s words, it is always good to hear from you and have a good Sunday 🙂

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