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Saturday, May 2, 2015
Review: LOU MALLOY: THE RUN BEGINS by J. Frank James [Lou Malloy Crime
Review: THE RUN BEGINS by J. Frank James [Lou Malloy Crime Series, prequel]
I first read DEAD MONEY RUN, which introduces likable oxymoron Lou Malloy, an honest criminal (he admits to robbery, lies, and killings--a refreshing change from contemporary "I didn't do it and "it was somebody else's fault"). THE RUN BEGINS illustrates Lou' s backdrop. Growing up in a fairly isolated rural Kansas community, in a lower socioeconomic stratum, youngest child of a former career marine, Lou was tough, no-nonsense, and a willing and able fighter. The author shows clearly the decision points at which Lou could have made choices avoiding his future criminal career. His future wasn't fated, but it is comprehensible. A good introduction and background to the protagonist and the series.