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New On The Shelf At Fiction Books This Week

This week I would like to extend a welcome return to Fiction Books, by author Doug Richardson. This is the third time I have been asked to read and review the latest in a long list of outstanding thrillers, which Doug has written to compliment his highly acclaimed and successful script writing and film production career.

As always, I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to Doug, for continuing to show faith in Fiction books, to offer a fair and honest appraisal of his books and I have so far read and enjoyed, ‘The Safety Expert’ and ‘Blood Money’.

You can check out my thoughts about ‘The Safety Expert’, here.


99 Percent Kill follows Lucky Dey, an on-again/off-again Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detective who is both willful and acerbic to a dangerous fault. While in a holding pattern for official reinstatement, Lucky accepts a one-time gig to track down the missing teenage daughter of a Midwestern software millionaire. The novel is the first in a series, but also lives as a stand-alone thriller, winding its way through an L.A. landscape where the lights are bright, but the edges can be dark, perilously frayed, and populated with mix of human predators, amusing losers, and ambitious fringe dwellers.


Image of author Doug RichardsonDoug Richardson was born in Arcadia, California. The son of a career politician, Doug 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, Doug 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 spec screenplay was the first in Hollywood to sell for a million dollars. Doug’s first feature film, the sequel to DIE HARD, DIE HARDER, was produced in 1990. He has since written and produced feature films including the box office smash BAD BOYS and, most recently, HOSTAGE. To date, Doug’s features have grossed over 800 million dollars worldwide.

In 1996, Doug’s debut novel, DARK HORSE, was published by Avon/Morrow in hardcover, followed two years later by his follow up, TRUE BELIEVERS and he hasn’t looked back since, although he continues to write and develop for feature films and television.

He lives in Southern California with his wife, two children and three mutts.

Catch up with all the latest news at Doug’s website

Follow Doug on Twitter

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Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … ‘Mailbox Monday’

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

Vicki of ‘I’d Rather Be At The Beach’

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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    • Hi Mary,

      I am really bad at following through on a series, so I shall probably end up by treating this book as a stand alone story. But at least I am in there, right at the start of the action, so I can keep my options open, as ‘Lucky Dey’ does sound like quite a character, whose reputation obviously precedes him!

      Thanks for stopping by, it has been great catching up with you again 🙂

  • It’s always fun to read a book by an author you’ve enjoyed before but it’s doubly fun to get in on a new series right from the start. I hope you enjoy this as much as his previous books.

    • Hi Kathy,

      Doug’s popular success with his screen writing career, has certainly translated well into some intense and very character driven stories, so far.

      Not surprising really that both of the books I have read to date, would be ideally suited to television film, or big screen adaptation.

      A series of stories definitely has potential for either, so I am watching the future of ‘Lucky Dey’, with interest.

      Thanks for stopping by, I always value your comments and have a good week 🙂

  • This sounds good and I hope you enjoy it as much as his other books. I love series, but it’s always nice knowing you can read one as a stand-alone.

    Nothing new for me this past week.

    • Hi Kelly,

      I’m not so sure that I want to become embroiled in a new series right now, so perhaps ’99 Percent Kill’ will be destined to remain a stand-alone story for me.

      However, I shall always be more than happy to promote as many of Doug’s books as he wants to pass my way … they are Soooo! good.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a good week catching up on your TBR pile 🙂


  • Fingers crossed that is as much a hit as the previous offerings. It’s always a big compliment when an author asks you to follow a series like this.

    • Hi Tracy,

      Given the esteem in which Doug is held, in the film production and script writing industry, his choice to put his new found success at writing novels out into the blogging community at large and Fiction Books in particular, is a huge compliment.

      I could imagine any one of the stand alone books I have read, translating easily into a film for television, so it will be interesting to see how Doug develops a character over the course of a series.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment and I hope that you are enjoying the lovely summer weather 🙂

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      Doug generally writes thrillers which are quite gutsy and intense … but oh!, so good!

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your comments.

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      It seems like ages since we last spoke, I just don’t know where the time has flown by to. The longest day has been and gone and it is only a few short weeks until the long school summer holidays!

      I have read two of author Doug Richardson’s books to date and although I have read more intense thrillers, I don’t think they qualify as murder mysteries in anyone’s language, so they probably wouldn’t be top of your list to read, I’m afraid!

      It’s a real shame, however if we all liked the same thing, the world would be a pretty boring place, wouldn’t it?

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment though, I really appreciate it and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      If you check out Doug’s resume and credits for his screenwriting, then translate that into novel form, you will have a pretty good idea of the intensity and total committment with which his books are written!

      The thing is, as I have been reading his successive books, I can envisage just about every one of them translating beautifully into film scripts, which I guess is no real surprise!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

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