A Comic Thriller Series by J. R. Ripley
FIVE MINUTES starts at a brisk boil and never lets up until the last sentence is laid down in this gripping comic thriller about a man whose life has taken a quick and nasty turn for the worse.
And goes downhill from there. . .
"⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Debut novelist Lucas joins the growing list of Florida crime writers (Carl Hiaasen, Laurence Shames, Tim Dorsey) who mix capers with comedy. This lightweight romp stars unscrupulous real-estate salesman Todd Jones, whose wheelings and dealings have landed him a hot Ft. Lauderdale condo and an even hotter girlfriend but who seems to have run out of luck. The story opens with Todd being threatened at gunpoint by his best friend, Dr. Doug Freeman, who is miffed that Todd slept with his wife, Caroline. When Doug is killed in a boating accident, and Caroline is found dead soon after, things don't look good for Todd. To make matters worse, he has sold a bum property to a mobster and unwittingly involved himself in a drug deal with a surfer dude. Then his mother comes to visit. Readers will fall hard for this lovable loser as he struggles to stay alive while keeping his girlfriend from finding out what he is doing and his mom's pet pig from eating his stuff. Further adventures would be most welcome.⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐" - Jenny McLarin, Booklist
📑TODD JONES - TOP SHELVES
✅Crime Fiction & Mysteries
✅Thriller & Suspense
✅Fun, Witty, Mysterious
⏰🔫A wildly frantic novel about a ne'er do well whose bad deeds have caught up with him, and his wacky struggle to stay just one step ahead of the trigger, suspenseful to the very last word.” Midwest Book Review⏰🔫
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Todd Jones Book 1
Got five minutes? Well good, here’s what Nick Lucas’ amazing Five Minutes is all about…
Todd Jones is a hotshot realtor in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He’s got a hot girlfriend, too. The trouble is that Todd is a real bad judge of character, especially his own. Todd’s got himself tangled up worse than an old fishing line balled up in that long forgotten tackle box in the garage. Let’s enumerate. One of Todd’s biggest clients is mad because the property Todd talked him into buying is underwater—literally. A screwy surfer dude with a recreational drug habit and a millionaire gun manufacturer for a father has got some not-so-friendly dealers on his tail. Todd’s mother has shown up and wants to live with him. And she’s brought her pet pig.
And, oh, yeah, there’s this little problem Todd is having with one of his best friends, Dr. Doug Freeman. Todd has been sleeping with Doug’s wife. Okay, so maybe he shouldn’t have. He’d be the first to admit that it may have been an error in judgment on his part. He is a bad judge of character, remember? And that leads us to Todd Jones’ biggest problem. Dr. Doug has found out about Todd’s philandering and is aiming a pistol at Todd’s forehead even as we speak. Todd has five minutes to live. Maybe less if his girlfriend finds out about his cheating ways.
Nick Lucas’ FIVE MINUTES starts at a brisk boil and never lets up until the last sentence is laid down in this gripping comic thriller about a man whose life has taken a quick and nasty turn for the worse. And goes downhill from there. . .
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Praise For The Series
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ J.R. Ripley joins the growing list of Florida crime writers (Carl Hiaasen, Laurence Shames, Tim Dorsey) who mix capers with comedy. This lightweight romp stars unscrupulous real-estate salesman Todd Jones, whose wheelings and dealings have landed him a hot Ft. Lauderdale condo and an even hotter girlfriend but who seems to have run out of luck. Readers will fall hard for this lovable loser as he struggles to stay alive while keeping his girlfriend from finding out what he is doing and his mom's pet pig from eating his stuff. Further adventures would be most welcome. - Midwest Book Review
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Praise for Five More Minutes: “As Oliver Hardy used to say" well...here's another nice mess you've gotten me into ". As a former RE guy myself luckily I have never encountered such a obvious set up, but Todd had his thinking mind disconnected when the knockout babe started talking big money. From there it rolls downhill quickly and actually picks up considerable speed at the ending. That all this conniving takes place in South Florida is no surprise...But makes it easier to digest. The love for money is the root of all evil and the roots go very deep in this story. Great characters brought to life by great and humorous writing (as usual) in any JR Ripley story. I loved Todd's mom...what a hoot....and the addition of Mr. Squeals was icing on the cake. Another triumph!
“Great story about a guy trying to get ahead in a complicated world. Laughed out loud several times. Loveable main character and his mom! You will love the ending.”
“Humorous, interesting characters all mixed up in a crazy set of crimes, twists and turns. Good summer read. Suspense to the very end.”
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Praise for Nailed It: “What a fun, witty, mysterious novel this is. Mr. Ripley is Superb at his craft. A don't miss book because it's all here and brilliantly written. A laugh out loud, witty book that belongs in everybody's library. Very Highly Recommended.”
“The movie "Weekend at Bernies" jumps to mind but actually this story is much more beautifully written to include hustlers, cheats kidnappers and buffoons all trying to make the most ill gotten gain possible. And there is a pig too.
Laugh out loud funny and way too close to actual Florida antics not to think how this might even hint at real life ( naw-- it's fictional, right?). Outstanding !!!”
FIVE MORE MINUTES
Todd Jones Book 2
Five more minutes. That was all the woman standing outside his floundering business, Todd Jones Realty, wanted.
Just five minutes. What could go wrong?
Surprisingly, everything. And that’s what Todd Jones is about to learn when he allows the enigmatic Caterina Kadlec to enter his office. He’s hoping that her wealthy client, and the big fat commission he’ll earn, will be the answer to his prayers. Unfortunately, Caterina has other plans and those plans include grand larceny.
As for the murder, well, sometimes things don’t go as planned, do they? Nope, they sure don’t. And that’s what Todd is also about to learn and learn the hard way. No matter, Todd always has plans of his own and has no qualms about implementing them. Because when it comes to ethics and morality, it’s all a gray area as far as Todd is concerned.
To complicate matters, his girlfriend has left him. Again. And his live-in mother, who already insists on keeping an annoying pet pig named Mr. Squeals, has invited a homeless Russian woman to take up residence, thus kicking him out of his home office. If it wasn’t for downhill, it seems Todd’s life would have nowhere to go. And he’s going to have to do something about that…
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Todd Jones Book 3
What happens when South Florida’s most unscrupulous real estate salesman meets South Florida’s biggest con artist? And what happens when they meet on the roof of the Florida mansion belonging to the world’s most ruthless scrap dealer? Who knows? But sparks are bound to fly, especially with that hurricane coming straight at them.
Another fast-paced Todd Jones comic thriller/caper by bestselling author JR Ripley!
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