Author Darcy Farthing is writing at her new home in Marco Island, Florida while her boyfriend Mick Clayton conducts a GAO investigation of government property--asset forfeitures--stolen from under the noses of U.S. Marshals and a sheriff's office. When close friend, Tom smythe,is arrested for attempted murder of a deputy sheriff, the couple tries to identify who is behindAuthor Darcy Farthing is writing at her new home in Marco Island, Florida while her boyfriend Mick Clayton conducts a GAO investigation of government property--asset forfeitures--stolen from under the noses of U.S. Marshals and a sheriff's office. When close friend, Tom smythe,is arrested for attempted murder of a deputy sheriff, the couple tries to identify who is behind the property thefts and corruption. When more deputies are attacked, Darcy and Mick are drawn into a bewildering government investigation and an alarming web of murder and conspiracy with a surprising link to Middle East terrorists; as well as a smuggling operation on a luxury yacht. As they inch closer to identifying a vicious murderer, the violence hits close to home when desperate criminals target Darcy and her deeply troubled daughter, Rachael....
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Current Assets Reviews
The newest Darcy Farthing novel is another masterfully written story that led me into an adventure that electrified my pulse, just as the two previous stories had done. My old friends Darcy, Mick, Tom and Rachael are still the engaging front and center characters. Ms Alleman superbly weaves them in and around a riveting and complex tale of danger, with unexpected perilous twists and turns of not only the physical kind but also, the emotional. She skillfully crafts a complex plot involving a GAO investigation of stolen government property, drawing upon her personal experience as a former analyst with U.S. Government Accountability Office. The author richly feeds my desire to establish a kinship with the characters, their basic human flaws and their transcendence of them in times of peril.I especially appreciate that CURRENT ASSETS begins with an Introduction that offers readers a insightful glimpse into Darcy’s current state of mind and thereby, sets up a vibrant tone for the story. During the past 2 ½ years as revealed in the two previous novels, Darcy encountered not only unexpected violence but more so, the emotional challenges related to finding a lost daughter and coping with a new love’s PTSD. Several phrases resonate strongly with me and further endear to me the character of Darcy: ‘Despite having survived two cruises that turned deadly…, there are positive outcomes.’ And, ‘I also journeyed down a long path of self-discovery.’ A fascinating lure for me to read Ms Alleman’s cruise mystery series is her rich descriptions of the ports of call along the way. In CURRENT ASSETS, she continues to treat her readers to vivid details of picturesque settings and historical facts. Set in my own backyard this time, we see Marco Island, Florida, through the eyes of Darcy as she cruises this time on land, top-downing around in her yellow 2003 Mustang GT, Sunny. There is one riveting scene that occurs on Alligator Alley, a well-known road through the Everglades that links the east coast of Florida with the west. The very last sentence gave my pulse a new jolt of expectation and excitement. What next riveting adventure will Darcy encounter?
I love authors who take their real life experiences and incorporate the knowledge gained from those experiences into their writing, especially those who have worked within the Criminal Justice system or Government agencies. Arleen Alleman has clearly drawn from her time as an analyst with the Government Accountability Office to create this incredible novel. It is so very believable and I appreciate the research it must have required to bring such a thrilling story to life. “Current Assets” is written with such conviction that I’m not certain it is entirely fiction. The story is so well-crafted and plays out with such intrigue and higher level corruption that it could easily be perceived as a true-crime novel. Darcy is an amazing character and written in a way that shows her tremendous intellect, strength and vulnerabilities. I won’t delve deeply into the overall plot as it has been well outlined by other reviewers, but I must say that I really enjoyed the sub-plot involving Darcy’s daughter, Rachael. I felt myself becoming emotionally invested in their complicated relationship. The complexities surrounding Darcy and Rachael almost give the reader two stories in one combined with the overall plot of the book. Mick, Darcy’s boyfriend and co-protagonist, is initially the one who unintentionally brings trouble Darcy’s way through his investigation of corruption and his desire to help a friend who stands accused of attempted murder.Though I have not read Arleen Alleman’s previous books in this particular series there is enough information and back story provided that this novel alone makes for a fully satisfying read. However, I will be reading the others in the series because I simply must know more about Darcy’s character. This book is exceptionally well-edited. I didn’t notice a single typo or grammatical error. There are no lulls in the story and it was extremely difficult for me to find a stopping point because I couldn’t resist reading just one more chapter which turned into five more before I knew it. The characters and scenes are richly and vividly penned, giving the reader a multi-dimensional view of the people and places that are woven together to create such an incredibly thrilling tale. I truly enjoy books that can make me feel the danger and suspense and “Current Assets” does exactly that. This is a great read for anyone that enjoys mystery, thrillers, crime, high level intrigue, dirty dealings and gritty, intelligent suspense. This is the kind of book that stays with you long after you finish reading the last page (and one I will definitely think about on my next cruise out of Florida).
Another fascinating novel in the series!Having enjoyed the first two novels in Arleen Alleman's mystery series, I was anxious to read an advance copy of Current Assets. Arleen wrote another fascinating novel! The characters take a short luxury cruise down the western Caribbean, but the story mainly takes place on Marco Island, off the Florida coast. Alleman brings back familiar characters from the first two novels, making established readers feel like they dropped in for a visit with old friends. We care about these characters, understand their flaws, and hope they work out their complicated relationships. New readers are given enough back-story so they won't wonder what happened earlier.The plot has plenty of intrigue and adventure, nail biting scenes, and charming descriptions of Marco Island. The action starts when Tom Smythe shoots a fellow police officer, and Mick scrambles to help prove the shooting was self-defense. Mick recently found problems with records of police asset forfeiture sales in Florida and realizes that Tom found another case of police corruption. This book explains how criminals forfeit cash, jewelry, vehicles, and real estate connected with their crimes. The author suggests that individuals in police departments can "lose" paperwork to sell those assets for personal gain. Arleen Alleman always does her homework. She weaves real facts into a sophisticated narrative, keeping readers on the edge of our chairs until we finish the story. Her new characters are well developed and suspense builds throughout the novel. Why would honest citizens turn to crime? Will Mick be able to prove Tom's innocence when the only witness is the injured officer? As bodies start to fall, we worry that Darcy's curiosity might get her killed. Readers also learn about Darcy's personal life. We imagine pouring a cup of tea and sitting on the deck while manatees move through the nearby canal. We enjoy hearing about Darcy's love life and her tenuous relationship with her daughter. After all, Darcy is an old friend and we just dropped by for a visit.
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' FavoriteCurrent Assets: A Darcy Farthing Novel by Arleen Alleman is a story of mystery and suspense. Darcy Farthing is a novelist and while she works on her latest book, her partner Mick Clayton is in charge of a GAO investigation into asset forfeitures that have been stolen or “misplaced” from a sheriff’s office. His friend Tom Smythe works there and, as Mick arrives to see Tom, he finds him being arrested for shooting a deputy sheriff. Darcy and Mick embark on a journey to find out the truth and who is masterminding the thefts. More deputies come under attack and the pair finds themselves in the middle of a government investigation that doesn’t make sense, an investigation that winds around murder, terrorist groups, conspiracy and smuggling. As they get closer to discovering the truth, things turn nasty as Darcy and her daughter become targets. Can Darcy and Mick solve this before it’s too late?Current Assets: A Darcy Farthing Novel by Arleen Alleman is the third in a series. I didn’t read the first two but, to be honest, I found that there was sufficient information in this one to give me the background I needed to understand what went on before. This is a story full of intrigue, drama, and plenty of suspense and action. I understand that the author used to work for the GAO (Government Accountability Office) and her experience shows in the details of the story. It is written so well and so true to life that it is easy to get caught up in the story and, indeed, this is one that I found difficult to put down. The plot is intricate, but not so much that you can’t keep up with it, and it's a thrilling plot too. Although it probably isn’t necessary, I would urge readers to grab the first two books before this one.
I never read detective thrillers but I met Arleen on a recent cruise up the east coast of the US. She was doing a book signing on board so I bought her book. I didn't start it until recently and I couldn't put it down. I thought the way the story unfolded was terrific and I especially liked the way Arleen developed not only the plot but also the characters. Arleen worked for the Government Accountability Office (GAO) for a time and the plot revolves around some (fictional) corruption uncovered by a GAO agent who is the boyfriend of the main character, Darcy Farthing, an author. The story has just the right degree of complexity with a sub-plot about Darcy's daughter and a drugs and terrorist connection, too, as well as a character who tries to cover up his own misdeads by murdering or attempting to murder those who suspect him. It's an excellent read and I'll soon be reading more of Arleen Alleman's books!