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‘Blood Money’ by Doug Richardson

I first came across author, Doug Richardson, back in 2011, when he contacted me to inquire whether I would be interested in reading and publishing my thoughts about his crime thriller ‘The Safety Expert’.

When I checked out Doug’s website and his impressive credentials and resume, I was a little afraid that any thoughts  which I may have expressed about the book, would be consumed by the professional critique that would surely accompany any new project by this consummate and internationally recognised figure.

I was therefore delighted to have been contacted once again by Doug, with details of his latest crime thriller, ‘Blood Money’, due for release in Spring 2013. Check out the synopsis and you will see immediately just why I am so keen to get my hands on a copy of this book. I can already see the screenplay for this storyline!!!


Front Cover Image for Blood Money, a novel by Doug RichardsonThe disillusioned Marine’s plan seems simple enough: steal a refrigerated tractor trailer loaded with frozen blood product; drive the pirated cargo from Reno, Nevada to the Port of Long Beach; collect a million dollars. Yet even the most deliberate plans can go sideways. On his campaign south, the Marine’s “inner idiot” takes charge, leaving a smattering of dead bodies in his wake.

In the dark before dawn, a telephone rings. Kern County Sheriff’s detective Lucas “Lucky” Dey, no stranger to being awakened with bad news, answers the call. But this time, the voice on the phone tells Lucky that his ill-fated younger brother has been gunned down on a blackened desolate highway.

As Lucky chases the former Marine and his black semi-rig into the bowels of Los Angeles, he’s thrust into a landscape of competing agendas. Conrad Ellis, the multi-millionaire entertainment mogul, demands justice for the murder of his starlet daughter. Ambitious federal attorney Lilly Zoller is determined to turn any opportunity into her personal spotlight. Rey Palomino, the morally-challenged contractor, colludes with the former Marine hoping to crawl out from under a crushing debt. LAPD detective and dedicated single mom Lydia “Gonzo” Gonzales, reluctantly accepts her assignment to “babysit” the unrestrained Kern County detective hell-bent on avenging his brother’s death at any cost.

A knee-breaking private detective, some unwitting feds, and a coterie of gang-busting L.A. Sheriffs deputies further complicate the scenario and round out the cast of characters in this explosive and unpredictable thrill ride.

 A welcome return to Fiction Books for author DOUG RICHARDSON

Image of author Doug RichardsonDoug Richardson was born, raised and still lives in California, with his wife, two children and four mutts (his words, not mine!). The son of a career politician, Doug was born in Arcadia, in the North of the state, but grew up outside Sacramento and inside the State Capitol. He used to talk his way into then Governor, Ronald Reagan’s office, just to get a handful of jellybeans.

Doug left Northern California for Los Angeles, to attend the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema. For as long as he could remember, he  had wanted to be a movie director. But in pursuing his goal, he discovered how movies are really made: in the writing.

After finishing college, Doug signed a two-year contract with Warner Brothers. In 1989 he garnered national attention when his screenplay was the first in Hollywood to sell for a million dollars.

In 1990 Doug’s first feature film ‘Die Harder’ (the sequel to ‘Die Hard), was produced and to date, this and his subsequent blockbuster films, have grossed more than 800 million dollars worldwide.

In 1997, Doug’s debut novel, ‘Dark Horse’, was published, with his latest book ‘Blood Money’ being his fourth published novel.

Doug has never looked back on his decision to switch to writing and now lives in the shadow of Hollywood, where his talent has earned him international recognition and accolades.

Doug also continues to write and develop for feature films and television.


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    • Hi Tracy,

      I have only so far received a tentative enquiry from Doug about a review of this book.

      I expressed my eagerness to read ‘Blood Money’, but felt compelled to make him aware of the potential delay in getting a review published, because of the amount of author review committments I already have outstanding.

      I am really hoping that he agrees to wait for the review, in return for a few more promotional posts such as this, on the regular memes in which I already participate.

      If he is desperate for a speedy review, then I shall still seek out a copy as soon as possible, as it does sound like a great thriller read and one that I need to get my hands on, one way or another!

      Hope that your week is going well so far, apart from the perishingly cold temperatures that is!!

  • I am always looking for new crime fiction reads and I think I would really be cheating myself if I didn’t look into this author and this book! It sounds fantastic!! I think sometimes I’m too picky when choosing crime fiction because many times the synopsis’ are so complicated and twisted that I am hesitant but in this case, Blood Money sounds perfect for me! Thanks for the introduction to this obviously talented writer!

    • Hi Lisa,

      It is only rarely that I can get the true ‘feel’ of a book from reading the synopsis alone, which is why I tend not to buy many new books at full price, but shop more cheaply in charity shops, just in case the book is not as good as I had hoped. Also I now find myself checking out a few reviews before I start reading.

      I was first introduced to Doug, when I was invited to review his previous novel ‘The Safety Expert’, which was a great story.


      ‘Blood Money’ sounds as though it is even more of an action packed psychological thriller, so without even having laid hands on a copy and from just reading the synopsis, I reckon it must be a strong contender for Doug’s screenwriting skills to work their magic and turn it into a film.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and leave such a well considered comment, I appreciate it.

    • Hi Nikki,

      I thought that you of all people, would appreciate this book.

      Doug’s thriller storylines are second to none and you can see from his previous book ‘The Safety Expert’ just how much his time in the film industry writing scripts, has influenced his excellent characterisations and plots.

      ‘Blood Money’ sounds as though it is going to be equally intriguing and thrilling and I can already see the makings of a film script here.

      Thanks for stopping by, I hope that all is well with you.

  • Hi Yvonne, I tried to reply back to you regarding your comment on my review of Perks, but it came back. The trouble was on my end, I’m sure! Oh well, here I am! I was so taken by the synopsis of Blood Money that I am featuring it in my Friday Finds post, along with your post about the book. I’ve appreciated your comments over the last week and enjoyed your input in the conversations and I look forward to many more! Have a wonderful weeknd!

    • Hi Lisa,

      Thank you so much for the lovely things you say in your reply, I truly appreciate it.

      I am also grateful for the backlink in your post today and I am sure that Doug will be more than pleased with the extra exposure for ‘Blood Money’, in advance of its publication in April.

      I too look forward to many more ‘bookish’ and ‘non-bookish’ conversations in the future. I am hoping that some of our chats will be about Florida, which is a place very dear to my entire family’s heart and where we have all spent some happy times together.

      Have a great weekend, I am sure that you will be much warmer than we are here right now. The temperatures are struggling to reach freezing, the wind is icy and the skies are grey and overcast!

  • Happy New Year!!

    Thanks for coming by my blog earlier…you always leave the nicest comments!!

    ENJOY your books and 2014!! Looking forward to talking to you this year!!

    Stop by my blog tomorrow for an international giveaway of Jubilee’s Journey.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My First Book of The Year

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      Thanks for your good wishes, which are of course reciprocated.

      Totally enjoying this book and with just a few pages to go, I think I can guess the end play, however the means to that end is still a mystery!

      I hope to speak with you later today, when I check out your giveaway … who can resist?

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