TOO LUCKY TO LIVE by Annie Hogsett


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Meeting the right guy makes a divorcée feel like she’s won the lottery—that is, until it turns out he's won the lottery and she learns the extent which people will go to get their hands on the cash.

Never did Allie Harper think doing a simple kindness would get her into so much trouble, but that’s exactly what happens when she stops to help a blind pedestrian struggling to get through a busy Cleveland intersection. The man himself, Thomas Bennington III, is no trouble at all, easy on the eyes and all that. He’s so nice, in fact, that Allie invites him back to her little apartment so they can get to know each other better. It’s what Tom has on his person that puts them both in peril: the winning ticket for the MondoMegaJackpot, worth some $550 million. Tom explains that he's not a gambling man but a college professor who bought the ticket to demonstrate to his young neighbor the folly of gambling. Though neither Tom nor Allie is particularly interested in the prize now that they’ve found each other, they may be the only two people in the city who aren’t, as they soon discover through the series of break-ins, ransackings, kidnappings, and even homicides that follow. Too many bodies to count keep Tom and Allie on the run while trying to hold onto the ticket through a chase in which everyone in Cleveland seems to be after them.

Cheesy dialogue between the newly minted couple interspersed with an endless series of threats to their lives make the lottery win in Hogsett’s debut seem more like a death sentence than a boon.

Pub Date: May 2nd, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-4642-0788-4
Page count: 316pp
Publisher: Poisoned Pen
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2017


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