This book was provided to me by the author for an honest review.
One failed marriage. Two jobs lost. Three maxed out credit cards. “Schex” Schexnaydre was a failure as a lawyer. Until three weeks ago, he had no clients and no cash — no clients except for infamous toxic waste entrepreneur G.G. Guidry, who’s just been murdered, and no cash, except for the $4,452,737 Guidry had stashed with him for safekeeping.
When Schex’s estranged ex-wife, Taylor, is accused of Guidry’s murder, she pleads with Schex to defend her. He refuses, but the more he says no to Taylor, the deeper Schex gets dragged into the fall-out from Guidry’s nefarious schemes, ending up as the target of all those vying to claim Guidry’s millions for themselves.
Cashed Out follows the story of a lawyer, Schex, who gets forced into several unconventional situations when he gets a case after a long time without any work. After his client gets murdered, Schex has to figure out what he is going to do with all the cash left in his care and what to do in his career.
Schex tries to play detective in order to figure out what to do with the $4.4 million and how much he can keep for himself. This later results in several people going after him, until the real killer is found.
When I was first approached about the book I thought it was going to be like a Cormoran Strike novel, but with a lawyer playing detective. I was correct, it was an action packed story that kept me trying to figure out who was the killer (I didn’t guess correctly…at all). Unfortunately, it took too long for me to get invested in the book, it was about page 110 when I finally invested in trying to figure out who was behind the murders, the money and the deals.
I think the problem was that it took me a while to like Schex’s character. I just couldn’t sympathize with his situation until he was being physically harmed. After that I began getting worried for his well being, and thinking “oh no is he going to die”? whenever Schex falls into a unfortunate situation. It is not his fault but he uses his law degree and experience to try to survive.
Cashed Out is a quick read for anyone who wants to read a mystery through the eyes of a non-detective character. I’d recommend it to anyone who is new to murder mysteries, this is a good book to get you into the genre.