Bad Penny by Sharon Sala (‘Cat Dupree’ series Book #3)


Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages - Publisher: Mira (November 1, 2008) - Language: English - ISBN-10: 0778325962 - ISBN-13: 978-0778325963


Bad Penny

by Sharon Sala

‘Cat Dupree’ series Book #3

She doesn’t go looking for trouble … it just finds her

The scar across her neck ties her to the past

     Cat Dupree would love nothing more than to settle down and build a life with fellow bounty hunter Wilson McKay. But Solomon Tutuola – the man who murdered her father and slashed her throat when she was thirteen – haunts her even from the grave.

     An investigator from Mexico is tracking down the person who is responsible for Tutuola’s death – and the trail leads directly to Cat. To add to her bad luck, a junkie with a vendetta is stalking WIlson and is willing to kill anyone who gets in the way of his revenge.

     Desperate to start their future together, Cat and Wilson turn the manhunt around – vowing to do whatever it takes to find freedom from the past and the scars that have damaged them both.

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Review: Fast-paced, well written ending to an excellent trilogy!

Sala continues Cat’s story from the last novel. After Wilson’s shooting, they are now back at his parents wranch while he recuperates. Cat never understood how much Wilson actually meant to her until she almost lost him – and neither want to experience it again. Both have agreed to leave their bounty hunting careers behind and start fresh, with a family.

And while Cat doesn’t go looking for trouble, trouble sure finds her. First, she picks up a young hitchhicker with a bleeding nose and a fat lip. Seems she’s been taking abuse by her now ex-boyfriend and was headed for the station to buy a ticket and get out while she still could. However, the ex-boyfriend didn’t agree with that and went looking for her, continuously ramming Cat’s SUV with his truck. Thankfully, the worst were bruises.

A few days later, on the way back with parts for Wilson’s dad, Carter, a storm sweeps in, tornado and all. Cat gets caught up in it, literally. When Wilson goes looking for her in the aftermath, he finds his truck nose first into a pond. Twice he went down and back up, terrified. He can’t get the doors open; the truck is too far in the muck below. On his third attempt, he notices the windshield is gone, and so is Cat. The thought of losing her is unbearable, but he refuses to give up. Outside the pond, he finds a book, then a piece of was once her shirt, then finding Cat as she’s walking to him, completely naked and covered in muck, more bruises and cuts. Seems when the tornado sucked out the windshield of the truck, Cat was sucked out with it. All who hear/see the story believe it was nothing short of a miracle keeping her alive.

You’d think that would be enough – no way! While in the hardware store with Dorothy, Wilson’s mother, a crazy madman wielding a fun bursts in, intent on killing his ex-wife; if he can’t have her, no one can. Cat’s instincts kick into overdrive, knowing that once he shoots his wife, he’ll turn the gun on the rest of them. Pushing Dorothy down, she picks up a shovel and brains him; not once, but twice. The first to bring him down, the second to keep him down.

Meanwhile, Jimmy Franks, the man who shot Wilson is still at large and evading authorities. He’s on a mission – killing Wilson, and he’ll stop at nothing to accomplish it, mowing down anyone who stands in his way.

And while all this is going on, Homicide Detective Luis Montoya in Mexico, has been handed the Solomon Tutuola case; the man who Cat finally caught and killed for revenge in the last book, Cut Throat. He’s on a mission to find Tutuola’s killer. What he wasn’t prepared for was Cat.

This book was incredible, unputdownable, and fantastic! Not once did Cat and Wilson go looking for trouble, but trouble found them; they weren’t working on a case, they weren’t after bad men. All they wanted was to start a life of pure bliss together. But that trouble kept getting in the way. But even with all the trouble, we get good pieces of news along with sighs of happiness for them as well.

The characters are incredible! Cat, still as strong a woman as ever, finally realizing how much she really loves Wilson, and his family. She feels like a part of them, and now that Tutuola has been taking care of and her revenge is now at rest, neither are clouding her feelings anymore, and the love she feels for Wilson is deep and profound, nearly scaring her to death. Wilson, even while recovering from a near-fatal bullet wound, is determined to prove to Cat that she belongs with him and his family, that she deserves to be happy. You feel emotions so profound in this book, you choke up when Cat does. When Wilson thought he lost her after the tornado, the grief is unbearable, even to the reader. Jimmy’s determination to finish what he started is scary as hell. I’m most certainly glad I don’t have anyone like him after me or anyone I know. He gave me the creeps, big time. And even while trying to track down Tutuola’s killer, Detective Montoya has drama of his own in his life, with an upset wife, and the adoption of an 18-month-old baby girl.

Actions scenes left this reader breathless, wondering how many lives Cat actually has. And through it all, you’re rooting on Cat and Wilson. This story was incredible and the perfect ending to a wonderful trilogy. The epilogue had me smiling from the first sentence to the last. I’m so unbelievably glad that Cat has finally found happiness. She and Wilson are perfect for each other.



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