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Walking money
Born, James O.
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New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2004]

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262 pages ; 24 cm
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For more than seventeen years with the U.S. Marshals Service, DEA, and Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Jim Born has seen just about everything Florida crime and criminals can throw at him, and he's put it all into as entertaining and accomplished a first thriller as you'll find anywhere this year. State cop Bill Tasker has had problems in the past, but nothing compared to what's about to happen to him. A satchel with a million and a half in skimmed money is about to go walking. A phony community activist has decided to cash in, but a local FBI agent also has his eyes on the prize, a key witness gets murdered, and it's Tasker who ends up framed for the whole thing. Soon, other people become seduced by the cash as well, and as the bag passes from hand to hand and the body count mounts, Tasker realizes it's all up to him. If he doesn't retake his life right now . . . someone's going to do it for him. Filled with a rich array of characters, a constantly twisting plot, and an authenticity so deep you can't help wondering how much of this is actually true, Walking Moneyis indeed proof that "Jim Born is the real thing."

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James O. Born is an American author, born in Florida. He is a graduate of Florida State University and earned his Master's degree in psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. Before becoming an author, he was a US Drug Agent (DEA) and later a Special Agent with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. He worked undercover with the Special Operation's Team (SWAT). He has also worked as an advisor to writers and TV shows. Walking Money was his first novel, published in 2004. He is the author of Burn Zone, Field of Fire, Shock Wave and Escape Clause which won the gold medal in the inaugural Florida Book Awards, in 2007. Under the pseudonym, James O'Neal, his work includes The Human Disguise and The Double Human. He is the co-author with James Patterson of the bestsellers, Hidden: A Mitchum Story and Haunted.

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Booklist Review

The title here wittily evokes both the shell game of the plot, in which a fortune appears and disappears in various boxes and briefcases, and the motivation for all those who seek this fortune: enough walking around money to last several well-oiled lifetimes. Anyone can play this game--criminals, cops, FBI agents, even a phony community activist. This is the kind of book that, to be credible, needs to be written by someone familiar with scam artists on both sides of the law. Born, a 17-year law-enforcement veteran, is now a special agent supervisor with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, overseeing investigations into organized crime, economic crimes, drug cartels, violent crimes, and public corruption. This background lends authority not only to the plot but also to the dialogue, the edgy cop humor, and the glitzy-grotesque South Florida setting. The hero, Florida Department of Law Enforcement cop Bill Tasker, recently transferred from West Palm Beach to Miami and assigned to the FBI-heavy Robbery Task Force, knows that a satchel with $1.5 million is about to walk out of a bank. The trick is to keep an eye on the prize once it walks and then as it changes hands over and over again. Honest-cop Tasker is framed, becomes a target, and continues investigating as the body count mounts. A sleek and slick caper. --Connie Fletcher Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Putting 17 years of service with various law enforcement agencies to excellent use, Born delivers a riveting, serpentine tale of crooked cops, police politics and a $1.5-million bag of money juggled from one pair of dishonest hands to another. Duplicitous Rev. Alvin Watson and his ex-con partner, Cole Hodges, have been skimming money from Miami's Committee for Community Relief, and everyone-Hodges, a bank manager and even smarmy, rotund FBI task force officer Tom Dooley-has got his eyes on the loot. With a riot for cover, all three aim for it, but it's Dooley who walks away victorious. Then hero Bill Tasker, a Florida state cop with (surprise!) a checkered past but an honest heart, gets framed for the crime, after Dooley stashes a loot-laden satchel inside Tasker's backyard grill and then alerts vulturous media outlets. Tasker gets both the theft and a murder pinned on him while the mother lode is shuffled a few more times, ending up in Dooley's hands once again. Swirling suspicion and startling plot twists keep readers' heads spinning as Born's direct, no-nonsense prose (complete with plenty of off-color remarks) propel this novel to its bullet-ridden conclusion. This is a terrific debut. Agent, Peter Rubie. (July) Forecast: Born's been there, and it shows. This should be a hit with fans of hard-boiled crime fiction. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Law-enforcement veteran and first-time author Born has written an amusing comic crime novel. The "walking money" belongs to a Miami social organization called the Committee for Community Relief, but it's coveted by several shifty characters. The fun starts when FBI agent Tom Dooley decides to steal the money for himself while attempting to frame Bill Tasker, an officer of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Tasker is soon a suspect, which puts him in the sights of the FBI and several others who want the money. As if his plate weren't full enough, Tasker is also juggling a new romance with a female officer whose motives he questions and considering a reconciliation with his ex-wife. Many in the supporting cast are stock characters, but Tasker is a likable enough hero, and the money does plenty of walking. An enjoyable and entertaining read; fans of Randy Wayne White, Carl Hiaasen, and other Florida crime writers will snap it up. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 3/1/04.]-Craig Shufelt, Lane P.L., Oxford, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.