Walking Money (Bill Tasker Series #1) [NOOK Book]

Overview

Take a cop, a con man, a shady FBI agent, the hot Florida sun, and a million in cash...and baby, it's murder.
Read More Show Less
... See more details below
Walking Money (Bill Tasker Series #1)

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK Study
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$7.99
BN.com price

Overview

Take a cop, a con man, a shady FBI agent, the hot Florida sun, and a million in cash...and baby, it's murder.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
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 Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
An engaging thriller debut finds an ex-con, an FBI agent, and some Miami cops going after a satchel stuffed with the stuff that dreams are made of. Newcomer Born clearly writes about what he knows, bringing to his tale 17 years of experience in law enforcement, including time with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the agency at the center of this complicated case. His protagonist, state cop Bill Tasker, is yet another man with a clouded past: a divorced father who was transferred to Miami because of a cop killing that appeared to be his doing, but really wasn't. Tasker, who can ill afford more trouble, soon finds himself a suspect in an embezzlement scheme. Cole Hodges, who really is an ex-con, has been skimming donations to Miami's Committee for Community Relief to the tune of $1.5 million. Before Hodges can make off with the money, tubby, foul-mouthed FBI agent Tom Dooley beats him to it. To frame Tasker, who's on the case, Dooley plants some of the loot in the officer's outdoor grill, and now Tasker's off the case. Before Dooley skips home free, however, he must reckon with officer Rick Bema, who's wise to Dooley's intentions. In a chilling, cop-goes-crooked scene, Bema goes for a cut of the money. The action turns into a lightweight version of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre as Hodges, Dooley, and others-all of them colorful enough to bump the narrative out of the "been there/read that" category-double-cross each other and outwit the reader all the way to a final shoot-out that's capped with a delightfully cynical twist. Born enters a crowded field with a tricky, well-paced plot and some sharply drawn characters. His style, though, is rather too straightforward: fresherdetail and a more distinctive voice would jump his work to the head of the line. Agent: Peter Rubie
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440623554
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/5/2005
  • Series: Bill Tasker Series , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 543,329
  • File size: 302 KB

Meet the Author

James O. Born is a Special Agent Supervisor with the FDLE, where he is head of the Broward field office, and is involved with a wide variety of crime investigations. He is also the technical consultant for the television series Karen Sisco.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 8 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(6)

4 Star

(1)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(1)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 8 Customer Reviews
  • Posted September 16, 2012

    Wild ride of a read--loved it.

    Wild ride of a read--loved it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2004

    Walking Money

    The cops in this story are as real as the people next door. James O. Born weaves a tale of ordinary people caught in an extraordinary situation without resorting to cheap tricks or gimmicks. A good, old fashion, cops and robbers tale that is fast, funny and exciting. The story revolves around a robber team made up of cops from different agencies. All of them are competent except an overweight FBI agent who is always looking for an angle. The FBI agent frames a cop on the team for stealing money that he really took. From there the action just takes off. Born must really know his guns and tactics as the details are so accurate you can feel the cold steel in your hand. There are so many twists and turns that I¿m afraid of giving them away if I say too much. I can understand why all the big writers like this guy.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2004

    wild Florida police procedural

    Florida state police brass felt fellow officer Bill Tasker killed a cop, but wanted to avoid the messy scandal of an inquiry. Thus, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement transferred him from the West Palm Beach Field Office to the Miami Regional Center. Bill would have welcomed the investigation because he knows he did not kill the cop, but goes along with the bureaucracy because he does not trust the political hacks who run the department. Four years later, he still watches his step. Former convict Cole Hodges embezzled one and half million dollars of money donated to Miami's Committee for Community Relief. Tasker investigates the shortfall. However, FBI Agent Tom Dooley decides to take the loot. To insure that he gets away with the crime and knowing he has the perfect pasty, he stuffs cash in Tasker¿s outdoor grill; Tasker is investigated and pulled off the embezzlement case. Police officer Rick Bema concludes that Dooley stole the money and set up Tasker to take the fall. Instead of turning in his findings, Bema makes a bid for a piece of the action.<P> WALKING MONEY is a wild Florida police procedural filled with cops coming down with gold fever while the only police officer who stays pristine becomes the prime suspect. Fans will think of It¿s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World with everyone double crossing and chasing one another in pursuit of the embezzled funds. The bad cops make the tale a fun police procedural, but the tainted divorced Bill, father of a ten year old, keeps the tale focused so that the audience will appreciate a zany cynical ride.<P> Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2013

    Lorrie

    Well written, i gave it a five

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2004

    Walking Money

    Walking Money not only made me care about the characters and held my interest from beginning to end, it made me laugh. Sometimes laugh out loud. This story of a satchel of money that won¿t stay in one place has more believable twists and surprises than any story I¿ve read in a long time. As a state trooper named Bill Tasker is framed for stealing cash by the politically incorrect and disgusting FBI agent Tom Dooley, no notices all the other sharks circling the cash. This fast and funny tale of the wild world of crime in Miami is fantastic.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 8 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)