Narrator: Tim DeKay
Series: Lucky Dey #2
Published by the author on March 13, 2019 (first published May 30, 2015)
Length: 10 hrs 30 mins
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When the real enemy is closer than you think....
Lucky Dey is at it again. This time, the on-again/off-again Los Angeles cop is more willful and acerbic than he's ever been before. Awaiting his official reinstatement, Lucky accepts a one-time gig to track down the missing teenage daughter of a Midwestern millionaire.
Determined to find the girl, Lucky tangles with Tinseltown’s dark underbelly to locate the millionaire's daughter. Winding his way through an L.A. landscape where the lights are bright but reality can be murky and perilous, Lucky is trapped in a trafficking web, entangled with vile human predators. But bringing the girl home safely becomes more dangerous than he expects. For the first time ever, the payoff might not be worth the price.
In 99 Percent Kill, Lucky Dey has to find the missing/runaway daughter of a Wisconsin millionaire; a tough enough job in LA, where a pretty young girl is a target for all kind of nasty stuff, made even tougher by the father who insists on riding along.
I liked Lucky a bit better this time around than I did in the first of the series, Blood Money. He’s still tough, but he’s not as mean. He’s still single-minded, but this time it comes off as a good thing, an asset. He’s also addicted to painkillers. He’s one of those characters who has a chip on his shoulder and a black cloud over his head. I think I’d like to see him working as an actual cop one of these days.
99 Percent Kill is action-packed, not surprising when the author started as a screenwriter, but it gives us moments to breathe, essential when most of what we’re reading is disturbing and violent. Lucky’s Los Angeles is an ugly place.
Gonzo, Lucky’s sidekick from before, makes a return, which made me happy. I like her and was glad to see that she was doing something she enjoyed. I’m also glad she and Lucky are not together at the moment.
The ending caught me off guard with a twist I didn’t see coming. It’s a gripping thriller and a reminder never to take anyone at face value, especially in LA.
This counts as 4 pts in the COYER Treasure Hunt (book with a number in the title).