Thursday, April 28, 2016

Book Review: The Run Begins by J. Frank James

Media Type: Ebook
Title: The Run Begins
   *Series: Lou Malloy Crime Series
Author: J. Frank James
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Pages: Kindle; 52
Release Date: August 26, 2013
Source: Author
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Genre: Crime / Fiction / Mystery / Thriller / Suspense / Action / Adventure

HDB Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers who love a good back story and want to read more in the series

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Lou Malloy is 18 years old and ready for the world. His brother Sam has left and his sister wants to move to Florida with the family. Malloy is having none of it and on a wild moment decides to hop in a railcar going he knows not where. The important thing is that it’s not in Kansas. He has a problem and that problem is money. He doesn’t have any until Henry Lowe, who is in the same railcar, offers Malloy the deal of a lifetime. All he has to do is help Lowe rob a casino in Georgia. With the promise of a big payday, Malloy throws in with the scheme and seal his fate forever…. AND THE RUN BEGINS

Let it be known that this is a prequel to the Lou Malloy Crime Series. I haven't read any of the series but this short little taste makes me want to read more. For fans of the series I imagine this is a great back story on Lou Malloy, the main character.

In only 52 pages, J. Frank James gives us a taste of what life was like in small town Kansas for Lou and his family. Everyone knows everyone in their town and Lou and his brother have a hard time dealing with small town life. They both have big dreams of leaving, and one day, they do.

There is definitely a cliffhanger ending (if you haven't read the first book in the series) so I'd recommend you pick up Dead Money Run so you can jump right in to the story.

All in all this was a well written introduction to the series and leaves you wanting more.


J. Frank James has a passion for writing, and he certainly has the knowledge and experience to write realistic crime thrillers, thanks to his extensive background in law. Jim attended law school, where he was a member of the law review. He even went on to pass the state bar and started his own law practice that specialized in complex litigation. Jim's experience in law helps lend credibility to his crime fiction books. He has also traveled extensively and gains inspiration for his crime thrillers from his travels. From observing other cultures and gaining new experiences, Jim is able to infuse new life into his books and develop believable characters that readers can identify with. 

J. Frank James writes crime thriller novels that are gripping and suspenseful. In 2013, he began publishing The Lou Malloy Crime Series, which is expected to span 20 books. The series follows Lou Malloy, a hardened criminal who did 15 years in prison for the theft of $15 million, and his partner Hilary Kelly, a private investigator. The titles include The Run Begins, Dead Money Run, Only Two Cats, Blue Cat in Paradise, Rainbow Games, Two Birds To Kill, Last Flamingo, and Finders, Keepers.  J. Frank James creates all of his own book covers. To learn more,






FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.

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