When a young widow witnesses a fatal car accident outside a Jersey Shore motel, she's suddenly thrust into a nightmare of gang violence, guns, and money that she can't outrun in this action-packed novel by "one of the best writers in crime fiction" (Alison Gaylin).
Joette Harper's life brings new meaning to the phrase "paycheck to paycheck." Struggling to afford her mother's sky-high medical bills
and also keep the lights on in her trailer home, Joette needs a break.
So, when she spies a bag full of money amongst the wreckage of a fiery car accident, she knows she can't just let it be. Inside is a bounty better than she could have dreamed—just shy of $300,000 in neatly stacked hundreds and fifties. Enough to pay off her debts, give her mother the care she deserves, and maybe even help out a few of her friends.
But, of course, the missing briefcase didn't go unnoticed by its original owner, Travis Clay—a ruthless dealer who'll stop at nothing to get back what's his.
Joette is way out of her depth, but can't seem to stop herself from participating in this cat-and-mouse chase. But can she beat Travis at his own game?
Joette Harper, the protagonist of this taut, mean thriller from Stroby (Some Die Nameless), has suffered a series of unfair blows, all before her 40th birthday. The death of a husband she genuinely loved, her mother's debilitating stroke and skyrocketing medical bills, and the loss of her job as a bank teller are just the beginning. Currently, she ekes out a living as manager at a seedy New Jersey motel. So when Joette witnesses a fiery car crash and discovers a bag stuffed with nearly $300,000 inside the vehicle, who could blame her for taking the money, especially since she first dragged the dying victim from the flames and did her best to save his life? A ruthless drug dealer, however, does have a problem with her decision and sets out to retrieve the cash. Joette rapidly learns that there are no heroes in her universe, including herself, and discovers the best education in being a ruthless criminal is being hunted by one. The action builds to a nail-biting conclusion. Stroby will win new fans with this gripping tale of one determined woman's battle against the odds.