Over one year ago, the Coast Guard boarded an abandoned yacht aimlessly drifting in Puget Sound. On it they found evidence of alcohol abuse and a suicide note written by the locally prominent stock broker, Michael Franklin. Before committing his final act, he admitted his own guilt in a $100 million Ponzi scheme. At the same time, he fully incriminated Sandy Allen as the mastermind of the fraud.
As a result, it is Sandy alone serving consecutive life sentences in the Women’s Correctional Facility in Blaine, Washington. She is certain her former “partner” is alive and well somewhere enjoying the fruits of their labor. While the prospect of spending her remaining years in an orange jumpsuit is terrifying, what really infuriates her is she’s been out-conned.
So far… Sandy has a plan. She vows to get out, and in doing so, get even. But her resources in prison are limited. As events unfold she faces new, unexpected challenges at every turn, any one of which could spell catastrophe. Time is running out. Her window of opportunity will close forever. And she will rot behind bars. Her very life hinges on the play of one final hand.
Month’s after the events in Dawkins second book (The Ponzi), Tradur Gurl begins with Sandy Allen fuming in jail at being double crossed, determined to get back at Michael and Angela. But how can a convict, with no access to private communication, no money and no friends, succeed where the police have failed? Greed and fear can be powerful allies. Can Sandy use these to her advantage? Sandy has proven herself resourceful and she must use every ounce of her skill if she is to accomplish her goal of revenge.
I have read all of Dawkins books and with Tradur Gurl I find a writer more comfortable in his own skin. Dawkins has become concise with his descriptions, selective with metaphor and natural with his dialogue. I have said it before and I’ll say it again now, these books, to me, read like movies: visual with fast moving plots. I found myself page-turning, racing to the conclusion.
In Tradur Gurl, we have main and minor characters ruled by greed, fear or revenge. How will it end for Hicks, the guard? For Ivan, playing with mob money? How will Charlie explain this to his wife? And most important, will Sandy succeed or will Michael and Angela continue to live off the double cross? Either way, with this book we are saying goodbye to Sandy Allen and look forward to the next story from P.T. Dawkins.
February 24, 2016
Reviewed by B. Ierullo
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Reviewed by A. Lawrence
April 18, 2016
RReviewed by Chris B.
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