Multi-volume author, W. F. Ranew introduces us to his latest hard-boiled thriller, the first volume of the Red Farlow Mysteries series, RICH AND GONE:
PI Red Farlow is on the hunt to find $300 million a Florida insurance executive has bilked out of family and friends.
Woody Cunningham stashed the money in safe havens around the world before disappearing. Has he been done in by one of his enemies? Or did he skip town with his girlfriend to live off the ill-gotten wealth? If that’s the case, where is he?
Farlow must quickly learn how and why people hide their money in offshore accounts if he's to find out what happened to Cunningham.
When a tough guy from Farlow's past resurfaces, wanting to settle an old score, Farlow discovers he also has links to the missing man. Clues lead him across Georgia and Florida, and Europe, to find the answers.
Is Woody Cunningham dead, or just rich and gone?
I am surprised by how much I enjoyed this story. I had to look up the genre to be sure I understood the style of a hard-boiled mystery. The protagonist is usually a cynic, having seen the worst of humanity in the course of a career in law enforcement or as a private investigator. The client usually doesn’t reveal the entire story, and the investigation reveals secrets that different parties wish were left in the dark.
I found this story to be very entertaining and well written. It’s told in First Person POV by Red Farlow, the protagonist. The author crafts an exciting story. I laughed out loud a number of times at the dialog, there were some really good lines. The plotting was excellent and scene setting left little to be desired.
I give “RICH AND GONE” a score of 4.8 stars.
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Tags: murder, thriller, financial fraud, money, PI
Copyright © Mark L. Schultz 2019, except for the author’s introduction
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