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Dead Money Run

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Lou Malloy has just maxed out on a fifteen year prison sentence for the theft of $15 million and just before leaving prison he learns that his sister is brutally killed. As he is leaving prison, he's told to keep his nose clean or he would soon be back. As far as Malloy is concerned all bets were off until he finds his sister's killer. In the meantime, he has to fight off ...more
Paperback, 290 pages
Published August 26th 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published August 13th 2013)
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Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Revenge may be wicked, but it’s natural.”

----William Makepeace Thackeray

J. Frank James, an American author, has penned his debut novel, Dead Money Run which centers around a brother trying to find his sister's killers after a hell lot of jail time due to stealing millions of money. Moreover, this is the first book in the Lou Malloy Crime series.


Lou Malloy learns of his sister's death right before he is released from prison, having served 15 years for the theft of $15 million from
Mar 09, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I was offered a copy of this book in paperback from the author and its been sitting on my bedside awaiting its turn to be read.

I have to say, I am a sucker for a cover, a cover that attracts me and this one just didn't do it for me so maybe that is why its been sat for so long unread.

You can never tell a book by its cover though and this turned out to be an interesting story. Most of the reviews have touched on the proceedings of this book and what the story is about.

So I am going to say this, I
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Fifteen million dollars, fifteen years in prison, a murdered sister, and lots of bodies.

The day he got out of prison is when it all started.

Lou Malloy, now known as John Addams, is released from prison and goes on a killing spree as he looks for the money he hid and for his sister's killer.

Lou meets Hilary Kelly, and they team up with both of them doing the investigating and with Lou doing the killing. We meet many unique characters.

DEAD MONEY RUN was fast-paced but a bit unbelievable how John a
Fungi From Yuggoth
Review: DEAD MONEY RUN by J. Frank James [Lou Malloy Crime Series #1]

Lou Malloy is a walking oxymoron: an honest criminal. He's a robber, admittedly so; a liar, and he acknowledges it; a killer, and not afraid. That makes him very likeable, in my eyes; he may commit crimes, but he possesses integrity(I know, oxymoron).
As I was enjoying "Dead Money Run," by J. Frank James, I associated the hard boiled character of Lou Malloy with Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade. The fact that Hammell was a former Pinkerton Detective helped him with creating realistic dialogue and that is what there is plenty of in this novel. I'm sure that if Humphrey Bogart was with us today, he could play the part of Lou Malloy on the big screen.

Lou Malloy is released from prison after serving fifteen years for robbing a casino of fifteen milli
Diane Coto
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lou Mallory had no sooner been released from the Atlanta Penitentiary than trouble started. Two guys were waiting in a Lincoln Town Car offering him a ride. Actually, it was not a polite offer; it was more of a demand. Just about that time, a prison guard came back through the gate. Lou asked him to call a cab for him. Fifteen million. That’s the amount of money he’d stolen from a casino. And, fifteen years later, no one had found it. He took the cab to a bus depot and headed to Jacksonville Bea ...more
Jancee Wright
Actual Rating: 3.5/5

The Story: Lou Malloy learns of his sister’s death right before he is released from prison, having served 15 years for the theft of $15 million from an Indian-owned casino. After his release, he heads to the Southeast to track down his sister’s killer, but it isn’t long before he gets sucked into something even bigger. Before long, he is wanted by everyone from the mob to the FBI.

The Opening Line: The warden was a small man, but dressed neatly.

What I Loved: The action really
Mike Siedschlag
Apr 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given a print copy of Dead Money Run by J. Frank James for review.

Dead Money Run is the second entry in the Lou Malloy Crime Series which I believe now stands at nine books. I have not yet had the pleasure of reading any of the others. This is a hard-boiled crime mystery in the truest sense of the word. Main character Lou Malloy is as tough as any noir detective you want (or don't want) to meet. There are two other characters who probably are part of the series. If they aren't they should
Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Lou Malloy is in prison for stealing 15 million dollars. As you can imagine as the money has never been recovered, he is quite a popular guy but obviously all for the wrong reasons. Just before his release he is informed of his sister Susan's untimely death.

As soon as Lou is released we are taken on quite a fast paced ride. Not only is Lou hell bent on finding out why his sister was so brutally murdered and wanting to find out who is behind her murder, he also has quite a few un savoury characte
Dead Money Run reminded me of those days when as a kid I discovered Nancy Drew, then later Agatha Christie and then Sherlock Holmes. This book reminded me of the pleasure it feels when you have got your hands on a series book; you get hooked to such extent that you do not need to look any further to discover yet another book and keep on waiting for the next.

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However. the cover pic could have been better designed, since it was one of the most off-putting factors du
John Beebe
I selected this book while traveling and needed something to read when not driving and listening to Audible. The book is fast paced, a little to fast I can't buy Lou Malloy being so adept at everything after 15 years in prison. He makes decisions and thats good for him since a national/international cartel it breathing down his neck, but can't seem to hire anybody that knows how to tail somebody or do anything else. The editing made me groan do they not research anything

A smaller waterproof bag
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
The story...

Is gripping. From the start till the end, the author has managed to keep the readers glued to the story. The book comes with a prequel and the review of the same can be found here. Thankfully the doubts I had, regarding the prequel, was unfounded here. The names had variance. and were easy to connect with. But coming to that I am still wondering who Louise is? :P

Lou Malloy starts on an adventure. And the strange part is he had just come out of one. But 15 years behind the bars at Atl
Regina Foo
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dead Money Run is the first installment in Lou Malloy Crime series. Badass main character, short chapters, fast-paced and page-turning plot, this book is a must-read if you love crime fiction.

Disclaimer: I obtained this book from the publicist of the author in exchange of my honest review.

I'm lucky to be contacted by Book Publicity Services to offer me this book to read. From the synopsis, I immediately know that I would love this book if it's written well. In fact, I nearly couldn't stop myself
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Copy provided by Book Publicity Services in exchange for an honest review. *

Fifteen years ago, Lou Malloy robbed a casino on Indian territory. A casino involved in money laundering. Fifteen million bucks. He is caught by the police and serves fifteen years in prison. Money never found. Just before he comes out of prison, Lou finds out that his sister is murdered. He is thirsty for vengeance. Is she murdered because of him and his fifteen million bucks? Those bastards have to be punished!

Many pe
Karen (BaronessBookTrove)
Dead Money Run by J. Frank James was not what I excepted it to be. Lou Malloy is quite the character as we start off the book with him in jail. Lou finds out that his sister was murdered and he wants to avenge his sister’s death.

Throughout the book we see it in Lou’s point-of-view until we start seeing it in third person point-of-view about some things that we wouldn’t be able to see in Lou’s point. Lou is in interesting character because he spent fifteen years in prison for a crime that he did
Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
My thanks to Kelsey at Book Publicity Services and J. Frank James for my copy of Dead Money Run in exchange for an honest review.

Book synopsis:
Lou Malloy learns of his sister's death right before he is released from prison, having served 15 years for the theft of $15 million from an Indian casino. He wants two things: to keep the $15 million, which no one has been able to find, and to track down and punish whoever killed his sister.

Lou Malloy teams up with Hilary Kelly, a private investigator.
Feb 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review*

I am having a big reading slump which makes me return to my favourite genre crime. Dead Money Run was a perfect book for this.
Lou Malloy pulled of a bank heist when he was just 20 getting caught after he manages to hide it. Now 15 years later he is out. His sister got killed just before he was released and there are various groups on his back to get to the 15 million he hid. As he is trying to find
Sherry Fundin
I started Lou Malloy’s story in the novella, The Run Begins. It is an introduction into Lou’s character and not necessary to read before Dead Money Run by J Frank James.

Lou has a quick temper and a chip on his shoulder. He is rough and tough, but principled, in his own twisted way. On an impulse, he left the small town he grew up in and that is how he began his Dead Money Run.

Dead Money is money that is gotten illegally and has been laundered, whether from drugs, prostitution…

Lou was being relea
Mar 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: hardback-arcs
This book was incredibly frustrating to me. I'm not a fan of giving these types of reviews, but an honest review is an honest review. There were parts of this book that had me smiling and looking forward to what was happening, but there were more instances of noticing parts that didn't actually have to be in the story. For instance, sentences and/or paragraphs that really had no matter in the story or at least could have been worded in such a way that they didn't feel static. I had a hard time w ...more
Ruth B
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
'Dead Money' is an exciting story with a vibrant rhythm and the velocity of a fast car. This is the story of Lou Malloy, now an ex-convict after spending fifteen years in prison after robbing $15 million dollars from a casino. Once the word is out that he is free, the people he robeed will want their money back causing an endless game of cat and mouse. With the help of a PI (who happens to be a sexy woman), a prison friend and a deadly personality, Lou will dig deeper to find out who killed his ...more
Ashley Tomlinson
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a wild ride with a ton of action and was very exciting. It was fairly violent but some parts may have been a little too violent for me. I'm aware of the genre of this book so I expected violence there was just a couple of scenes that I didn't like.

Lou was just released from a fifteen year prison sentence for stealing fifteen million dollars from an indian casino. The money was never recovered so there are a lot of people hunting him down when they find out that he is free. The only thin
Aimee Hyndman
"Dead Money Run" by J. Frank James is probably not a book I'd usually pick, but when I was offered a gift copy I couldn't say no! And it turned out to be a nice little diversion. It didn't take me long to read; a couple of hours, at most. In part because of the short chapters and relaxed, easy, intimate narration. But most importantly, because of the storyline that builds up in excitement and intensity; making this a hard book to put down. I couldn't overlook some basic typos/spelling errors/gra ...more
Mesca Elin
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book that began a bit slow, developed into a complicated plot that will keep you hooked until the end. Must admit I didn’t give too much credit to this book after the first few pages, but as I progressed reading, I couldn’t stop. I didn’t like Lou in the beginning, but after he met Hilary, I warmed up to him, ending up liking him in the end. This duo is a bit of Bonnie and Clyde with a twist of Ocean’s Eleven. They have Mr&Mrs Smith passion and skills. Therefore, the entertainment is guara ...more
Danielle Urban
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dead Money Run by J. Frank James is a must read for all. Readers will find themselves lost deep in one of the juiciest plots of all-time. A murder case tied in with stolen money and a gang out to find the stolen money is one adventure reader's don't want to miss.

J. Frank James is indeed a talented writer whose characters are believable and his story pops off the pages. Scenes come alive as readers keep turning them. A race to find out what really happened to one man's sister and why is a thrilli
Mar 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-publisher
Dead Money Run is an odd book. It is written from the point of view of a convicted robber, Lou Malloy. He gets out of jail and wants his stashed money. He also wants to find out who tortured and then killed his sister. He doesn’t mind performing some torture of his own trying to get the information that he needs. Lou Malloy says that he only kills the people who deserve it, but that stack of bodies gets pretty large.

Dead Money Run feels like a comic book. The characters are what you would expect
Mary Bearden
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you enjoy reading mysteries and/or drama's, then you will really love reading this story. I don't know how anyone can survive in prison for 15 years but I guess the $15 million he stole is a good start!

He doesn't know how his sister's death is involved but he is determined to figure that one out too while he is trying to recover the $15 million he stashed somewhere before getting caught.

I don't know about you guys, but I don't think I would want some mob person following me the rest of my li
Boundless Book Reviews
This book was really good. It was action packed and had me completely engrossed on page one.

It follows Lou who has been in prison for 15 years for stealing a large amount of money. Now he is out and searching for his sisters killer. With the help of Hilary, a person he never thought he would trust, he is on the search while others are on the search for him and the missing money.

I have to say Lou is a character I was surprised that I liked. He has a rough face he puts on to the world, but I liked
N. Kuhn
Apr 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action
*I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.*
I actually really enjoyed this book. I love twisting mysterious action packed stories. Like a great movie, it takes us on the run over money and murder. Lou was a strong, tough guy with a great shot, go figure. Hillary was an interesting character. I couldn't tell what she was about, if she was good, bad or just having fun. This story is full of suspense and action. Other than the occasional typo, it was a well written story. This is c
Dead Money Run is an entertaining thriller that keeps up a breakneck pace right to the end. Action packed with short chapters and about 270 pages (paperback ed.) you’ll race through it, devouring in a few sittings. Reminiscent of the old Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer stories with a pulpy feel this is the first of a new series following tough guy Lou Malloy. He appears here as a young man in Kansas. The cast of characters are suitably rogue.
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
its a fun ride , like a typical gangster movie but with lot of humor thrown at right time.

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