From Publishers Weekly
Putting 17 years of service with various law enforcement agencies to excellent use, Born delivers a riveting, serpentine tale of crooked cops, police politics and a $1.5-million bag of money juggled from one pair of dishonest hands to another. Duplicitous Rev. Alvin Watson and his ex-con partner, Cole Hodges, have been skimming money from Miami's Committee for Community Relief, and everyone—Hodges, a bank manager and even smarmy, rotund FBI task force officer Tom Dooley—has got his eyes on the loot. With a riot for cover, all three aim for it, but it's Dooley who walks away victorious. Then hero Bill Tasker, a Florida state cop with (surprise!) a checkered past but an honest heart, gets framed for the crime, after Dooley stashes a loot-laden satchel inside Tasker's backyard grill and then alerts vulturous media outlets. Tasker gets both the theft and a murder pinned on him while the mother lode is shuffled a few more times, ending up in Dooley's hands once again. Swirling suspicion and startling plot twists keep readers' heads spinning as Born's direct, no-nonsense prose (complete with plenty of off-color remarks) propel this novel to its bullet-ridden conclusion. This is a terrific debut.
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*Starred Review* The title here wittily evokes both the shell game of the plot, in which a fortune appears and disappears in various boxes and briefcases, and the motivation for all those who seek this fortune: enough "walking around" money to last several well-oiled lifetimes. Anyone can play this game--criminals, cops, FBI agents, even a phony community activist. This is the kind of book that, to be credible, needs to be written by someone familiar with scam artists on both sides of the law. Born, a 17-year law-enforcement veteran, is now a special agent supervisor with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, overseeing investigations into organized crime, economic crimes, drug cartels, violent crimes, and public corruption. This background lends authority not only to the plot but also to the dialogue, the edgy cop humor, and the glitzy-grotesque South Florida setting. The hero, Florida Department of Law Enforcement cop Bill Tasker, recently transferred from West Palm Beach to Miami and assigned to the FBI-heavy Robbery Task Force, knows that a satchel with $1.5 million is about to walk out of a bank. The trick is to keep an eye on the prize once it walks and then as it changes hands over and over again. Honest-cop Tasker is framed, becomes a target, and continues investigating as the body count mounts. A sleek and slick caper. Connie FletcherCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved