Review: Dangerous Women & Desperate Men by Rick Mofina
Four gripping stories of people on the brink; a broken-hearted woman in Las Vegas, a haunted street cop on patrol; a desperate agent in California; a hard-working middle-aged woman whose world is coming apart in a New England courtroom. This collection includes “Lightning Rider,” the winner of Canada’s top literary prize for crime fiction, the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Short Story, presented by the Crime Writers of Canada
1.Blood Red Rings – After 24 years of putting his life on the line, Officer Frank Harper sees it all tick down to one defining moment in this soul-wrenching short story.
2.Lightning Rider –Twenty-six year-old Jessie Scout had endured a life steeped in pain. She had come to Las Vegas, a city of risk, not to gamble. But to collect. This short work won Canada’s top literary prize for crime fiction, the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Short Story, presented by the Crime Writers of Canada.
3.Three Bullets To Queensland — Ike Decker, a loss recovery agent, for the armored car industry, is a desperate man. He has a dream and the only thing in his way to realizing it is Paco Sanchez and $1.2 million in stolen cash.
4.As Long As We Both Shall Live — Liz Dalton’s world was coming apart but she fought back with a shocking vengeance. Presented in the format of a court transcript, this short work was named a finalist for Canada’s top literary prize for crime fiction, the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Short Story, presented by the Crime Writers of Canada. With this volume, readers step into the lives of ordinary people as they battle extraordinary circumstances.
Rick Mofina has packed the tension and drama you’d expect to find in a full-length novel into each of these short stories. He drops the reader headlong into the action then pumps them full of anxiety without giving them time to catch their breath.
In Blood Red Rings, you’re along for the ride as Officer Frank Harper works his shift while reflecting on his career and the toll it has taken on his family. He’s about to discover just how much it’s actually going to cost him.
In Lightning Rider, a lifetime of abuse and neglect has molded Jessie Scout. The question is…how was Jessie’s life shaped by that molding and which path does she take? Good or bad?
Three Bullets to Queensland features an ex-cop who has laid it all on the line with little reward. As a loss recovery agent, he sees an opportunity to change his future. Does he take it and risk his reputation for the chance to live a dream?
In As Long As We Both Shall Live Liz Dalton’s husband disappears without a trace. When the grieving widow is taken in for questioning the timing of the deposition coincides with a dramatic and totally unexpected discovery. This story is chilling in its realism.
If you enjoy thrillers, but are short on time, simply download Dangerous Women & Desperate Men to get your fix. These exciting shorts are great for sneaking away for a few minutes of “me” time. You’ll satisfy the craving without having to set aside huge blocks of time to read. Included at the back of the book are excerpts from two of his full-length novels, Vengeance Road and Six Seconds, that will get your blood pumping. A must-have for thriller fans everywhere.