I had the pleasure of receiving a review copy of Follow The Money by Ross Cavins recently. This ended up being one of those gems that I'd never find on my own, but am very glad I ended up reading. Cavins has a great sense of plot and dialog, and he did something that I'm not used to seeing in a book. Rather than have a single novel or a collection of unrelated short stories, he compiled a collection of short stories that all tie together with a common thread... money. Specifically, three million dollars that ends up moving from character to character in various ways, none of which were normal or expected.
What prompted me to accept this offer was that he mentioned that it had influences of Carl Hiaasen in it. If you know my reading tastes, you'll understand that I'll wait in line for anything by Hiaasen, Tim Dorsey, or any other crazed South Florida writer. While Follow The Money doesn't take place in Florida (but it does have the southern redneck vibe going on), it has the same character craziness, the same type of cons, and the same type of unexpected plot twists that I'm used to seeing by those authors. And once I finished each story and saw the money change hands, I was ready to start the next one to see how and where the money was going next.
Follow The Money was a pleasure to read. I hope that Cavins doesn't make this his only foray into writing, as I'd enjoy seeing more from him. They'd definitely be up there on my "to read" list.
When the primary character in a collection of stories is a collection of cash and bearer bonds, you had best be sure that there there is a sufficient number of interesting characters to make it worthwhile. Ross Cavins achieves that goal and then some. Follow the Money basically does what the title suggests, from story to story we meet one deranged or loveable character after another; as the funds in question change hands either intentionally... or as is usually the case... … more
This is one of the most original stories that I have ever read; the action is based on three million dollars in cash and how it moves from person to person. Many of the men are only slightly more intelligent than the vehicles they drive, and if they were to own modern vehicles with built-in navigation capability, that would not be the case. The women vary widely from the physically awesome to those that you willingly turn your eyes from if you encounter them naked. Some are sexpots, my favorites … more
Thomas Duff, aka "Duffbert", is a long-time member of the Lotus community. He's primarily focused on the development side of the Notes/Domino environment, currently working for a large insurance … more
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"This book is among the funniest I have ever read ... bigger than life characters ... innovative plot lines ... savor each story slowly."--Lauri Coates, ReviewTheBook.com(added by author)
"It's a page turner ... laughed out loud several times ... gold star for creativity ... I literally had a huge grin on my face when I finished the final chapter."--Stephanie Snowe, author of "Meeting Mr. Wrong"(added by author)
"Sharp wit ... bold characters ... I laughed out loud ... quite hilarious, Cavins has delivered a very entertaining read."--Elaine Smith, ReviewTheBook.com(added by author)
"A quirky, hysterical tale ... A+ for creativity ... nothing is predictable ... laugh-out loud adventure ..."--Paige Lovitt, ReaderViews.com(added by author)
"A unique read ... off-the-wall and a little on the wacky side ... a humorous writer and you will enjoy his book ..."--Charline Ratcliff, RebeccasReads.com(added by author)