Deep Dark Night – Steph Broadribb

A city in darkness. A building in lockdown. A score that can only be settled in blood…
Working off the books for FBI Special Agent Alex Monroe, Florida bounty-hunter Lori Anderson and her partner, JT, head to Chicago. Their mission: to entrap the head of the Cabressa crime family. The bait: a priceless chess set that Cabressa is determined to add to his collection.

An exclusive high-stakes poker game is arranged in the penthouse suite of one of the city’s tallest buildings, with Lori holding the cards in an agreed arrangement to hand over the pieces, one by one. But, as night falls and the game plays out, stakes rise and tempers flare.

When a power failure plunges the city into darkness, the building goes into lockdown. But this isn’t an ordinary blackout, and the men around the poker table aren’t all who they say they are. Hostages are taken, old scores resurface and the players start to die.
And that’s just the beginning…

Deep Dark Night is the fourth of Steph Broadribb’s Lori Anderson books, following on from the events of Deep Dirty Truth.

Here we move away from the usual bounty hunter tracks her prey road trips of the first three books, and switch up locations too – from the hot south of Miami to Chicago. The stakes remain as high as ever for Anderson and JT as their FBI contact, Special Agent Alex Monroe, has a rather special job for them. This time Lori is tasked with entrapping the head of the Cabressa crime family during a high-stakes poker game.

The action comes thick and fast and before you can say ‘raise’, Lori is taking her place at the poker table for another cracking adventure. I must confess to being partial to a game of Texas hold ’em from time to time, and Broadribb’s description of the game had me hankering for a few hands. Though possibly not for the stakes that Lori and the others were playing for!

It’s not all poker though, and a power failure throws everything into chaos, and the action into overdrive as we find ourselves in a classic noir locked room mystery, with deadly consequences.

Hugely enjoyable, but be sure to read the first three books!

Deep Dark Night by Steph Broadribb is published by Orenda Books and is out now in paperback.

Author: dave

Book reviewer, occasional writer, photographer, coffee-lover, cyclist, spoon carver and stationery geek.

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