Monday, October 23, 2017

In It For the Money by David Burnsworth - #review #giveaway

Lowcountry Private Investigator Blu Carraway needs a new client. He’s broke and the tax man is coming for his little slice of paradise. But not everyone appreciates his skills. Some call him a loose cannon. Others say he’s a liability. All the ex-Desert Storm Ranger knows is his phone hasn’t rung in quite a while. Of course, that could be because it was cut off due to delinquent payments.

Lucky for him, a client does show up at his doorstep—a distraught mother with a wayward son. She’s rich and her boy’s in danger. Sounds like just the case for Blu. Except nothing about the case is as it seems. The jigsaw pieces—a ransom note, a beat-up minivan, dead strippers, and a missing briefcase filled with money and cocaine—do not make a complete puzzle. The first real case for Blu Carraway Investigations in three years goes off the rails.

And that’s the way he prefers it to be.



Back in February of 2016, I reviewed David Burnsworth's Burning Heat, one of the Brack Pelton series.  Well, one of Brack's acquaintances was a certain Blu Carraway, so when I saw that name on a book cover, I knew I would have to read it.

Blu is an former Army Ranger turned private investigator.  He resolved a high-profile kidnapping for one of the rich and powerful some years back, and others of that same class (the rich & powerful) would keep his name in mind when they have a problem that could use Blu's unique skill set.  Now, I love me some Miss Marple, but she probably couldn't disarm three bodyguards in 15 seconds.  Blu can...and soon everyone is talking about it.

Blu has interesting and varied friends.  Billie, an on-again-off-again love interest, who inherited a pawn shop from her father; Crome - a big, bad buddy who travels ultra light on his Harley; a connection at the DMV who can help out with certain privileged information; a police detective friend who can smooth the way (as long as it's legal, ethical and all that); a former madam of high-priced 'escorts' - turned restaurateur.

As a veteran, Blu gets big props from me right there.  As a veteran who has (and probably still is) facing down the demons that returned with him from the battlefield, he has my respect.  He's not slick like James Bond, maybe, but he is more human...and probably a lot more fun at a barbecue!

I held my breath every time someone came after Blu - with or without a gun (mostly with) and practically fist-pumped when each encounter was over, 'cause you know it was my boy Blu who walked away.  In It For the Money is exciting as all get out, packed full with action, and a book you just might not be able to put down.



David Burnsworth became fascinated with the Deep South at a young age. After a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and fifteen years in the corporate world, he made the decision to write a novel. In It For The Money is his fourth mystery. Having lived in Charleston on Sullivan’s Island for five years, the setting was a foregone conclusion. He and his wife call South Carolina home.




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(Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book from the author and publishers via Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.)