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Deep Down Dead

(Lori Anderson #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  312 ratings  ·  125 reviews
Lori Anderson is as tough as they come, managing to keep her career as a fearless Florida bounty hunter separate from her role as single mother to nine-year-old Dakota, who suffers from leukaemia. But when the hospital bills start to rack up, she has no choice but to take her daughter along on a job that will make her a fast buck. And that’s when things start to go wrong. ...more
Kindle Edition, 350 pages
Published October 15th 2016 by Orenda Books
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Always Pouting
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Lori is a bounty hunter who desperately needs a job to help pay for her daughter's cancer treatment. She gets a case tracking down her old mentor JT but gets dragged into a deeper web of crime than she had bargained for. I don't even like thrillers that much honestly, like I'll read them but most of the time they are disappointing but wow this one was legitimately perfect. The plot line was exciting and the pacing was good, I even enjoyed the action scenes very much. I have a physics test tomorr ...more
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
OH MY! Where do I begin? "Deep Down Dead" is an outstanding high octane thriller that I wholeheartedly enjoyed from the tense start to the fantastic finish! The first incredible chapter was so gripping and unputdownable I just knew I wasn't going to be able to stop reading anytime soon. I was instantly attracted to the main protagonist Lori Anderson, strong, tough, fearless, exceptional at her job and definitely not someone to be overlooked. The descriptions of her could go on and on and on..... ...more
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physical-arcs
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From the minute this book begins, so does the action and it never lets up until the final page. My blood was pumping, my heart was racing, I seriously had an adrenaline rush the entire time. Lori Anderson is a female bounty hunter who takes no prisoners, she’s a real ass kicking firecracker. She’s always plotting and planning in order to be two steps ahead of everyone and I admired her smarts and savvy. I LOVED her, she’s a fierce bad ass but
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
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First book in a series but this does work well as a standalone.

Lori is a bounty hunter and I really liked the premise of this but her character didn't work for me,  i just couldn't get into her head space or understand her thought process. Something was off about her and because she's the main character and everything is from her perspective i just felt weird and uncomfortable in her shoes and not in a good way.

I also felt like in the ru
Crime by the Book
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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4.5/5 stars for DEEP DOWN DEAD!! This is a totally addictive and entertaining action thriller. Full disclosure: I'm not usually one for action books - but I found this book to be the perfect introduction to the genre.

DEEP DOWN DEAD is fast-paced, action-packed, and has totally endearing characters. I absolutely recommend this one if you're looking to transition into the action thriller genre!!!
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime, own, kindle, read_2018
Former stripper turned bounty hunter, Lori, takes her 9yr old daughter, Dakota with her to track down and bring in, JT, a wanted criminal who happens to be Lori’s former mentor in the bounty hunter business. Naturally Dakota is kidnapped (I mean, Lori taking her along on a case was bound to result in this) and JT turns out to be a knight in shining armor as to two rekindle their former relationship with more romance this time round, while trying to rescue Dakota.

Deep Down Dead is a formulaic cr
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Lori Anderson is as tough as they come, managing to keep her career as a fearless Florida bounty hunter separate from her role as single mother to nine-year-old Dakota, who suffers from leukaemia. But when the hospital bills start to rack up, she has no choice but to take her daughter along on a job that will make her a fast buck. And that's when things start to go wrong. 

The fugitive she's assigned to haul back to court is none other than JT, Lori's former mentor - the man who taught he
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Oh. My. Word. From the opening scene you can tell there is something very different and something very right about this book. Lori is a woman with an attitude, an edge. Straight talking, focused, wary, she is one tough woman. Someone who has been through the ringer over the course of her life and come out the other side stronger and more in control. Stripper turned bounty hunter, she is focused only on her daughter and her h
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Whew, I'm exhausted! Fast paced and action packed. A real page-turner. I can totally see this being a movie. ...more
Book Addict Shaun
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Earlier this year Orenda Books announced that they would be publishing Deep Down Dead, the debut novel of Steph Broadribb (a.k.a. one of my all-time favourite bloggers Crime Thriller Girl) and my Twitter timeline blew up. Everyone was talking about this book, and everyone wanted to read it. A torturous wait then ensued until the tireless and brilliant Karen Sullivan made my weekend by sending me an early copy to read with no deadline for a review (or a need for one at all). But, once I began rea ...more
Joanne Robertson
OH. MY. GOD. There is one less space in my top reads of 2017 today and its only February! But this book……..!!!!! It is just so seriously cool and ridiculously brilliant! I loved it so much I am now prepared to do some serious stalking to get hold of Stephs next book in the series as soon as I possibly can. I mean, I have MAJOR “fictional character crush” here and its not on JT (although he is a very close second!) Lori Anderson is such an achingly hip mom that I just want to be her! I loved her ...more
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Have you met Lori Anderson, bounty hunter? She can sort the men from the boys! Single handedly, she gets her man! Believe all of the hype! Steph Broadribb presents Deep Down Dead. The thriller for 2017, with a woman to remember!

Set in the USA, this is a story about a tough streetwise female bounty hunter. Lori Anderson is asked to go after her former mentor and lover, JT, also known as Robert James Tate. He is a wanted man. With a huge money incentive, she accepts. Lori brings along her small da
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-thrillers
Deep Down Dead – A Breathless Debut

Deep Down Dead is the lip smacking rollercoaster ride thriller debut from Steph Broadribb, that is really dark and really brilliant. All I can say she must have one helluva twisted and dark mind, and I love it! What will really get you about this debut is how fast and confident Steph Broadribb is with her writing and her characterisation and has created a character that is kick ass and female.

Lori Anderson is a single mother to a nine-year-old daughter, Dakota,
Angela Marsons
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that has been sitting on my kindle for a while and I've been dying to get into it. OMG why did I wait so long. From the very first word to the last page I was completely hooked and drawn into Lori's world. She is they type of character that I can completely get behind. The pace moves at breakneck speed. The writing style is accomplished and real and this is quite simply one of the best debut novels I have ever read. I will definitely be reading more books by this author. ...more
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
I can understand readers giving this book the full five marks, if this was their first action/(semi-)romance book. They must’ve never read the myriad of other authors who tackled this genre before. For me this book reminds me a bit of the Julie Garwood’s Buchanan-Renard books, or Elizabeth Lowell’s Donovan books, or even some of Sandra Brown’s books. They’re similar. Strong determined female lead, who takes center stage, assisted by some form of action man. To say Deep Down Dead was unforgettabl ...more
Tina Woodbury
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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A story about a female bounty hunter…yes please!

Lori Anderson is a bounty hunter who really needs her next job to pay well. She is a single mom to nine-year-old Dakota and has bills that need to be paid ASAP. Lori is in luck and Quinn, at CF Bonds, has her dream job. It will pay her bills and finally get her head above water. At least it seemed like the perfect job until she realizes she needs to bring in JT. JT is Lori’s mentor, he
The Book Review Café
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First a word of warning before you start reading this book, make sure you read it when you aren’t going to be interrupted, it’s one of those books you just can’t bear to put down because it’s just so damn brilliant. I actually loved every page of this fast paced and innovative thriller. Deep Down Dead has to be one of the most original thrillers I’ve read in a long time, and believe me when I say I’ve read more than a few! the characterisation is second to none and I can honestly say I think thi ...more
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
What’s not to love about this book? Strong female lead, cute kid, a love interest, add plenty of action and you’ve got the ingredients for the perfect book.

I love Lori’s character. She is a single mom who hasn’t had it easy. Her nine year old daughter Dakota is in remission from cancer which has left Lori with expensive hospital bills to pay off. There is also her past that she doesn’t seem to be able to out run.

Being a bounty hunter has got to be one totally cool job. I can’t imagine there bein
Claire Kittridge
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thrillers
A-Ma-Zing. Downloaded the ebook this morning, finished this evening. I'd only meant to read a few chapters and get some work done. Not possible. I am a huge fan of the badass female protagonist and I can say Lori Anderson can be added to the pantheon. The pacing of this novel was fantastic and relentless. And it leaves you with that feeling of withdrawl. Like WHEN will I get my hands on the next Steph Broadribb??? ...more
Mairead Hearne (
'My heart’s racing, a voice in my head screams, “run, just run”.

I want to, I surely do, but I can’t.

For all that’s gone down, someone has to pay.

It’s time for me to pony up’

Phew…..I’m bloody knackered!!

Deep Down Dead is the unbelievable debut from blogger turned author Steph Broadribb. Another fantastic read from Orenda Books, Deep Down Dead was just published on 15th January 2017.

And the good news *DRUMROLL* Deep Down Dead is Book 1 in the Lori Anderson Series, which can only mean one thing
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-set-in-usa
Thriller set in Southern States USA

Deep Down Dead is an all American thriller. A real page-turner, full of pulsating action. It sucks the reader in from the very start through to the nail-biting conclusion.

It is all about a peculiarly American phenomenon – the bounty hunter. Bondsmen (for a fee) offer to post bail for a suspected criminal. The bail, though, is forfeited if the suspect does not turn up for a court appearance. If they attempt to vanish (as a fair number do…) before the appearance,
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Seriously, how outrageously good is Deep Down Dead?! It buzzes with an intensity that’s so feverish by the time I’d finished reading I’d forgotten how to blink.

Combine its rapid fire plot with insurmountable complications, where the odds of survival in a wicked game of endurance swing wildly out of control – and that’s not even scratching the surface.

I have colossal respect for Lori Anderson: Bounty Hunter, mom, life survivor. With her young daughter’s health troubling her, and existing medical
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Lori Anderson is a tough-as-nails bounty hunter. Her sole focus in life is her 9 year old daughter Dakota, who’s been battling cancer her entire young life. Lori is in desperate need of fast money to help pay down the massive medical bills, in case the cancer comes back and Dakota needs more treatment. Lori receives a job offer to take a case that pays top dollar, requiring nothing more than transporting a fugitive across state lines. Someone else has already done the dirty work of capturing him ...more
Craig Sisterson
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, thrillers
Among a surge of sound-alike domestic noir, British debutant Steph Broadribb offers something deliciously different for crime fans. Her heroine is a young mother dropped into a perilous situation, but Lori Anderson is no passive, middle class suburban housewife.

Bounty hunting. That's how Florida-based solo mum Lori provides for her cancer-stricken daughter. Backed into a corner financially, Lori takes on a high-paying gig travelling across the American South, her daughter in tow, to collect and
Laura Rash
Feb 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Cross a bounty hunter, ex-dancer(stripper), with a cancer ridden child, making a 14 hour drive to WEST VIRGINIA to make an extradition who just happens to be her bounty hunter trainer from her dark past. I'm not sure what this book even was but it wasn't for me. ...more
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lori Anderson is a kick ass bounty hunter. When offered the opportunity to earn $15,000 to pick up a fugitive and return him to Florida, Lori looks for the catch. Surely such a simple job shouldn’t have such a high price on it. But that lump of cash could go a long way to paying her sick daughter’s hospital bills. Still suspicious, Lori accepts the job only to come face to face with the mugshot of her mentor and ex-lover, JT. Things are already getting complicated. To make matters worse, Lori’s ...more
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I need to make 2 points right from the very start….

- Holy crap – this book is AMAZING!
- A debut….SERIOUSLY? See point above!!

Right, now I’ve got those 2 immediate statements off my chest…lets get on with the review! My goodness, does Broadribb know how to write a book that gets you around the neck from the very first pages and doesn’t let go until the end – actually, I’m not sure it did let go (and we have to wait until 2018 until book 2?!).

This book is as edgy as that cover suggests – we are th
Nerdish Mum
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
Deep Down Dead is one of the most fast paced, thrill of a roller-coaster book that I have read in a long time!

Lori Anderson is a strong but flawed badass of a main character and I loved her voice. I enjoyed reading the whole book in what I pictured to be Southern American accent, it immersed me so much more into the world of the book and what was happening. I thought her relationship with her daughter was very realistic as it was full of unconditional love, snark, laughter, back chat and feeling
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Deep Down Dead is a crime story and an action thriller that snares the reader in from the mysterious prologue and doesn't let go until the very last page.

Lead character Lori Anderson is a perfectly formed character, a woman with nerves of steel, with a killer instinct, but also completely and utterly believable. She's a bounty hunter, she goes out and tracks down the guys with a price on their head. She faces things that few women ever have to deal with. She's also a loving mother and her small
Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
It’s a rarity these days to see a female character who can kick ass with the best male protagonists out there. Say hello to Lori Anderson!!!! Smart, quick and ballsy, she is a rival to the Jack Reachers of the fictional world.

Everyone knows that I love an action thriller. Deep Down Dead is all this and so much more. Full of brilliant characters, a cracking plot and plenty of violence, this book is definitely one to put on your list.

Lori is a bounty hunter, a single mom and an all-round independ
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Steph Broadribb was born in Birmingham and grew up in Buckinghamshire. Most of her working life has been spent between the UK and USA. As her alter ego - Crime Thriller Girl - she indulges her love of all things crime fiction by blogging at where she interviews authors and reviews the latest releases.

Steph is an alumna of the MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction) at City

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