In one hand, small-time crook Stokes holds a backpack stuffed with someone else's money -- three hundred and fifty thousand dollars of it.
In the other hand, Stokes has a cell phone, which he found with the cash. On the line, a little girl he doesn't know asks, "Daddy? Are you coming to get me? They say if you give them the money they'll let you take me home."
From bestselling author James Hankins comes a wrenching story of an unscrupulous man torn between his survival instincts and the plight of a true innocent. Faced with the choice, Stokes discovers his conscience might not be as corroded as he thought.
Expected publication: February 24th 2015 by Thomas & Mercer
Stokes would have been a plain Joe if this story had just been about a small time crook but the author infused life and a good heart into Stokes. So that as soon as I heard the little voice say "Daddy? Are you coming to get me? I knew instantly that Stokes would do the right thing and come out the hero. I just did not know how far he would go to save someone else's life that held no monetary gain for him what so ever. As the story progressed I grew closer to Amanda as well. I found myself cheering for Stokes. He was a bit of a surprise as he had brain smarts. This book was good from start to finish. I look forward to reading more books by this author. Shady Cross is worth your time and money to read. You won't be sorry.