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January 27, 2015

DYING FOR THE HIGH LIFE by Dave Stanton



4 STARS
 
DYING FOR THE HIGH LIFE
A Dan Reno Novel
by
Dave Stanton
 
 
INTRODUCTION
(from Amazon)
 Jimmy Homestead's glory days as a high school stud were a distant memory. His adulthood had amounted to little more than temporary jobs, cheap boarding houses, and discount whiskey. But he always felt he was special, and winning a $43 million lottery proved it.

With all that money, everything is great for Jimmy--until people from his past start coming out of the woodwork. First, his sexy stepmother, who seduced him as a teenager. Then his uncle, just released from Folsom after a five-year jolt for securities fraud, a crime that bankrupted Jimmy's father. Mix in a broke ex-stripper and a down-on-his luck drug dealer, both seeking payback over transgressions Jimmy thought were long forgotten.

Caught in the middle are investigator Dan Reno and his good buddy Cody Gibbons, two guys just trying to make an honest paycheck. Reno, fighting to save his home from foreclosure, thinks that's his biggest problem. But his priorities change when Gibbons and Jimmy are kidnapped by a gang of cartel thugs out for a big score. Fighting to save his friend's life, Reno is drawn into a mess that leaves dead bodies scattered all over northern Nevada.
 

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AUTHOR
Dave Stanton Born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1960, Dave Stanton moved to Northern California in 1961. He attended San Jose State University and received a BA in journalism in 1983. Over the years, he worked as a bartender, newspaper advertising salesman, furniture mover, pizza cook, debt collector, and technology salesman. He has two children, Austin and Haley, and lives with his wife, Heidi, in San Jose, California.

Stanton is the author of five novels, all featuring private investigator Dan Reno and his ex-cop buddy, Cody Gibbons.

COMMENTS FROM DAVE STANTON, ON WRITING STATELINE

It was 2001, and the dot.com bubble was bursting. My timing was bad - a few months previous I had left a steady job to work for a "promising" startup that offered more money. As a salesman, I quickly realized the product they hired me to sell was doomed. I drew this conclusion despite claims otherwise by some smart (and temporarily wealthy) people. Like many during that time, they had been sucked into an illusion.

I sat at my cubicle in Silicon Valley, regretful, certain I'd be unemployed soon. The customers I'd been assigned had all considered my proposals and firmly declined. I had nothing to do, and the boredom was killing me. Spontaneously, I started writing.

Three months later I was at a new gig, one that involved regular travel to Asia. I sat on a jet over the Pacific Ocean, hunched over my notebook, typing like a mad man. The paragraph I had written while employed at the now defunct company had become a novel, and the first draft was nearly finished.

The characters and situations I write about come from a time when my companions were irreverent and reckless, and I participated willingly in endeavors that for a few had permanent consequences. These episodes occurred in places like Sacramento, Reno, Salt Lake City, and Ely, Nevada. Some of my old friends are respectable citizens today, others are in and out of jail, and some didn't make it.


REVIEW
 Dan Reno is constantly in trouble but some how manages to scrape out.  He's just a mess and ever so complicated. The author made him a very interesting character.  He's intelligent and yet an idiot all wrapped in one. He's down to earth and has a lot of spunk.  He stands his ground and knows if he doesn't make some green, he'll lose it all.  Once again!  The story leaves you wondering "what if" as you turn the pages.  There's always someone coming out of nowhere to add to the excitement.  We have combination of good, bad and they all want something.  A part of Jimmy's money.  Jimmy isn't all that bright but he somehow manages to divert those that are after him.  He just wants to have a good time but he;s lacking in the moral department.  Somehow you can't help but like him.  Somewhere down under he has a good kind heart.  The author wrote an ending that will start your heart to pumping.  Quite unusual and more than expected.  Once again the author delivers as he brings out Reno's charisma and humor in this great book.  No disappointment here.

I received a complimentary copy of DYING FOR THE HIGH LIFE from the author Dave Stanton for my view of the book.

I would give this book 4 STARS.


LINKS
DAN RENO NOVELS 
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