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Crashers: A Tale of Cappers and Hammers Paperback – April 27, 2012
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"A split second is what lies between riches and death. "Crashers: A Tale of Cappers and Hammers" is a novel that explores the insurance fraud underworld, where cappers and hammers scam insurance agencies out of millions. Nathan and Shari, facing debt, are tempted by the big payday, but everything has a catch and Nathan and Shari will soon find it strongly. "Crashers" is an enticing read of get rich schemes and everything that goes with them." --Willis M. Buhle, Mid West Book Review
A riveting page turner. --Gerald I. Wolff, casting director, producer of Primary Suspect
We love this, and are anxious to see Crashers on the big screen. --Rene Leda, Synergetic Distribution
About the Author
Lindy Hudis is an author and movie producer.
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Shari Barnes is a college student who has been making ends meet by waitressing. Her live-in boyfriend, Nathan Townsend, has it a tad better working as a stockbroker.
Unfortunately, within a very short period of time, both find themselves unemployed. Accused of wrongdoing, Nathan has a tough job search ahead of him. Prospects in L.A. aren't much better for Shari. To make matters worse, Shari inadvertently causes a chain reaction car crash which just happens to involve a very handsome customer from Shari's former job.
The fired-up female driver at the head of the crash claims she's hurt. Facing a lawsuit for the lady's injuries, Shari & Nathan meet the defendant's unscrupulous attorney. While there, she runs into Bryce, the handsome customer from the accident scene.
Bryce isn't an ordinary citizen & Shari's accident wasn't very accidental. When Bryce offers her a way out of her despair, it isn't a legal way. Will the insurance fraud game prove too much of a gamble? Or will the allure of financial independence be too much of a golden ticket to pass up?
Our villain, Bryce, is a pretty realistic portrayal of someone who'd be in an activity such as this. Those committing fraud tend to be slick & dapper- which he is both.
Shari is high-strung & emotional. Readers may shake their heads at such naivety in Los Angeles. Nathan, too, should have been much wiser, being a stockbroker & all.
Although it's fiction, the book's realism can easily mimic a headline news story. Fraud is big business. It's easy to see how desperate people can fall into the trap. Shari, especially, feels real by being in such a hardworking, but low Totem pole career.
Coarse language is present. It doesn't diminish the fantastic plot. Besides, with some of the folks in Bryce's inner circle, you'd be surprised to not hear these things!
All the action is fast-paced. It's not clouded with excessive dialogue or unnecessary scenery descriptions. I found myself quite invested in the plot. Actually, I was genuinely concerned with what decision Shari would make & I wanted to see what would become of her.
Lindy Hudis did a fabulous job blending fact with fiction. Thorough research is evident. Her characters are strong & she's woven quite a captivating read. I read through it quickly due to its smooth yet fast pace.
We're sure to see more fantastic offerings from our author. I rate it a 5 of 5 stars.
I received 1 print copy of the book for review. No other compensation was provided. I was not under obligation to write a positive review.
Thankfully she returns home to find her boyfriend Nathan Townsend's planned a wonderful dinner surprise. He finally feels the big promotion he has waited for his entire life as Vice President for his firm is just hours away from becoming a reality and he proposes to Shari, promising her a life of nothing but desserts from now on. Only this is when life is about to be turned upside down for the both of them. One by one, the brass ring slips further out of their hands, first Nathan losing his job, then Shari and finally Shari gets into a car accident on the way home which is her fault.
But life is about to through them a curve ball when it turns out the accident has been staged and the players except for Shari are all involved in insurance fraud. Shari and Nathan realize that revenge for what has happened to them is best served cold and in the form of paybacks. But will they make enough money or will life suddenly take a complete turn for the worse?
In the novel Crashers by Lindy S. Hudis we are taken inside the illegal operations of insurance fraud and how people and their driving habits in Los Angeles are just the ticket to make fast money for all the players involved. Knowing how much drivers are stressed out, in a hurry and often take out their rage on the road, just makes the gamble for an accident that much more likely to happen. In this suspense thriller, the author shows the reader what can happen when greed becomes the only motivator for a get-rich-quick scheme and the results are more than you ever bargained for.
I received this novel compliments of Pump Up Your Book Tours and Bettie Youngs Books for my honest review and have to say it was a thrill ride. I could see how easily Shari and Nathan could be enticed into this world of easy money especially when the bills are mounting up and everyone else around you is moving ahead that don't deserve it. This book does have a considerable amount of profanity in it that some readers may find offensive but over all the author does the story line justice and keeps it moving all the way to the end. This does give the reader an inside look at what scams some people actually run, both on the insurance side, the legal attorneys as well as the medical doctors all being involved. For that reason, I rate this one a 4 out of 5 stars.
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