This is the opening salvo of a feisty new bounty-hunter operating out of Houston, Texas. If this is an example of the other three books in this series -- WOW! Buckle up your seat belt and get ready to ride!
Dixie Flanagan is an almost 40 year-old lawyer who got tired of aiding-and-abetting scumbags avoid jail-time for their crimes. So she decided to do something that would help the accused stay in jail – find them and escort them to the non-luxury accommodations of the Houston jail.
This first case is a doozy: Her best friend, also a lawyer, tells her that a case is going badly for a man accused of running over a child. Now that the court is closed for the Christmas holidays, the lawyer KNOWS the accused (Parker Dunn) has skipped town. She wants Dixie to find the man and haul him back to Houston before his case resumes. Dixie must do it on the quiet because if the law or courts get wind of Parker’s error in judgment, he would automatically lose the case – and get a one-way ticket to jail.
This author can write action scenes with the best of them. Much of the book is an adrenalin rush; the plot moves quickly, the characters are well-rounded and the clock is ticking. Dixie is a likeable heroine with skills and smarts aplenty. She is a legend among the inmates because of her clever and sometimes outrageous tricks to catch skips.
Of course, one is drawn to compare Janet Evanovich’s bounty hunter with this one. For my dime, they don’t operate on the same planet. Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum is a cartoon: she jokes, has lusty thoughts (and acts on those thoughts) and watches as her cars are blown up by the bad guys. Lest you think I haven’t read enough Evanovich to make this sweeping statement, I’ve read them all plus most of the other books by this author.
Roger’s Dixie is a driven woman; her back story plays an important part in this particular story. Dixie bleeds and makes mistakes – she’s real. The only thing I thought was tacky was the title; the coarsening of American English is a pet concern of mine. But as a new author, I presume she wanted to make a splash at the book stores; certainly the title gets one’s attention. 4.5 to 5 stars
1. Bitch Factor (1998)
2. Rage Factor (1999)
3. Chill Factor (2000)
4. Slice of Life (2012)
Fun series. For fans of Janet Evanovich or Sue Grafton. Not Stephanie Plum, but still worthwhile.