Detective, Mystery & Thriller

Blind Luck – Dave Stanton

When Jimmy Homestead wins millions in the lottery, his life is about to change forever. Not in the least because he thinks his charm and the added money incentive will increase his luck but also because almost everyone in his (former) life cannot wait to get their hands on the money and they don’t ask nicely… It’s payback time!


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A man least deserving of winning the lottery becomes an overnight millionaire. A sexy blonde who is used to getting her way by manipulating the men she encounters. An aggressive man and one who has lost almost everything. Oh, and we have Mexican criminals, drugs, lots of booze, sex and brutal violence.    Interested? Follow me and enter the world of PI Dan Reno…


Let’s face it: Jimmy Homestead has made a lot of enemies in his life. Most people would rather sooner than later see the back of him. But winning millions of money can do wonders… There is Jimmy’s stepmother, the gorgeous blonde Sheila whose looks can attract ‘whole ZIP codes’ (loosely translating the thoughts of Dan Reno’s friend, ex-cop Cody Gibbons). She tells Reno her stepson is missing and she wants him to find Jimmy. But Reno, not being aware of Jimmy’s lottery luck, suspects there is more to her story – somehow Sheila playing the concerned parent is not totally convincing.

Then there’s Jimmy’s violent brother, Marty with his explosive character, fresh from prison. Also, Jimmy’s father, John, decides it would be nice to retire in luxury. Almost each party feels the need to hire a private eye – the detective business is booming! Violence and murderous intentions are close by when two nasty criminals, one with slightly more brain cells than the other, decide it is time Jimmy paid them back what is long overdue and someone thinks. involving vicious Mexican drugs criminals might be a good idea… What if I told you others too are scheming to take Jimmy’s lottery money away? Private eye Dan Reno has his hands full investigating whilst keeping his friend, Cody, alive…

 My Thoughts

Blind Luck is the second Dan Reno detective thriller, the first for me to read. There are so many characters in this thriller that it is at times difficult to follow all the lines – the topics of the novel vary from domestic abuse to rape, from shattered dreams and childhoods to sadistic killers and sexual predators. It is difficult to empathise with almost any character as the author describes them sometimes from a more distant perspective or in a matter-of-fact writing style – on top of that, each has a more or less darker side and the criminals seem to be on both sides of the law (figuratively speaking). The book is a mixture of a third person perspective and a one person narrative, the voice of Dan Reno.

Obviously, Reno is the good guy but he is such a tough cookie with a sarcastic voice that you can’t but roll your eyes at some of his, let’s call them adventures. His good friend, Cody Gibbons, sound s like a bear of a man but also a bit naive. As for the other characters, you’ll have to make up your own mind… Blind Luck is a fast-paced action thriller filled with violence and murderous intents, sex, intolerance, pretty low morals and a touch of sentiment combined with a dark sense of humour – a rollercoaster of a ride!

Although ‘Blind Luck’ is the second book in the Dan Reno series, it can be perfectly read as a standalone – I did so and there were a few references to Dan and Cody’s previous adventures but they had no impact on this thriller’s plotline. 

The first book in the Dan Reno Series:
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About the Author 

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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, debt collector, and technology salesman. He and his wife have two children and live in San Jose, California. Dave Stanton is the author of six novels, all featuring private investigator Dan Reno and his ex-cop buddy, Cody Gibbons.

Book Info 

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Ebook  3937 KB (297 p.)
 Publisher  Bloodhound Books (o March 2018)

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