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... not. It begins with a kidnapping that could have sprung from a collaboration of O. Henry and Carl Hiaasen (take a page or two from The Ransom of Red Chief and recast it with some Hiaasen's inept criminals and you have an idea as to what I mean). From there the money changes hands in one way or another, sometimes in ways that you'll never see coming.
Follow the Money is sexy, witty, profane, sly and very, very funny. At times I couldn't help but root for the bad guy or girl, but then something... call it karma... tosses a monkey wrench in things and the money falls into even stranger hands.
It's a very, very good read! I can't wait to see what Cavins comes up with next.
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 … 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
"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)