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Product Details

  • Series: A Nick Sayler Novel
  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (March 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612184405
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612184401
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (247 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,034,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Guarded, emotionally scarred Nick Saylor has finally found contentment as a reputable private investigator and bodyguard, happily sharing a Hudson River barge-turned-homestead with his psychiatrist father-figure and his sidekick, an investigative genius. Their contented domesticity seems unshakable until a desperate ER doctor awakens Nick one night, claiming that a Saylor Security business card is the only link his brutally assaulted, amnesiac patient has to her former life. Nick reluctantly rides to the rescue and begins the daunting task of identifying the woman, whose battered ballet dancer’s feet provide the only useful clue. Further complicating matters, the dancer’s attackers pursue them to Nick’s barge, and he has his hands full protecting her and his boatful of roommates. Nick simultaneously hunts and fights off the attackers as the action shifts from hospital to barge to multimillion-dollar mansion to fabulous NYC apartment to NYC expressway. At the same time, he’s fighting attraction to his client, who hauntingly resembles a lost love. An action-filled, exhilarating escape with thrills similar to those of Michael Koryta’s Lincoln Perry adventures. --Christine Tran

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“A lightning-fast read.... Great characters, great story!” – Stuart Wood, author of the Stone Barrington series

“An auspicious debut— sophisticated, stylish, and sexy.” – Benjamin Black, author of Christine Falls


More About the Author

Joanie McDonell, who once spent a lot of time aboard a barge very much like the Dumb Luck, now lives on the beach near the eastern end of Long Island. She's written poems, screenplays, the novel Half Crazy, and The Little Book of Hope. She is currently at work on the next book featuring Private Investigator Nick Sayler.

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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Bradley Bevers TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 20, 2013
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I could not get past the character's origins in the book, especially the lead, Nick Sayler. Too many coincidences line up, too many things fall into place, and it really prevented me from getting lost in the story (which is pretty good). The story is grounded in realism, but the characters seem too far-fetched and fanciful to believe . . . just doesn't match up quite right for me.

Nick Sayler:

* Spent some time in the marines
* Did that to avoid prison
* Former heroin addict
* Former drug dealer
* Former boxer
* Won a barge to live on in a poker game with a rich kid
* Found a painting in the boat the kid accidentally left. Sells it and gets rich enough to outfit the barge perfectly.
* Lives on the barge with an idiot savant who only communicates with him

The other characters are colorful, but one-dimensional. Nick Sayler is portrayed as someone who's had a rough, rough background but lives like James Bond now . . . not believable enough for me to buy into the rest of the story.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth C. Mahieu on August 7, 2013
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I'd rate this 1 1/2 stars. I acquired "Bolero" as the result of an ad on my Kindle, and I didn't research it properly; that won't happen again. Then I got to a point in the book where I just wanted it to end yet I kept plodding through, instead of quitting and saving my time; that won't happen again. As for the story, Nick Saylor is a PI who lives on a converted barge on the Hudson River near Weehawken. He answers a phone call and commits to helping an amnesia victim who has been brutally attacked, apparently the intended third victim of a serial killer. And we have our first cliche, the amnesia victim who forgets everything, conveniently. There are several other cliches, including a hero who has a damaged leg and seems to drink too much. By the way every time he talks about getting a drink, he just doesn't refer to it as a "drink" we have to hear the brand name, Jameson (my Kindle says "Jameson" was mentioned 17 times - I wonder if books have product placement fees like movies). Another cliche - Nick is pining for Julia, his one true love, dead the past ten years (note to author - guys don't pine for dead lovers for 10 years). And the amnesia victim looks like....guess who. And did I mention that Nick spent a lot of time during his troubled youth getting straightened out by an order of nuns (and I just finished "The Other Typist" which deploys the nun cliche also). I did have a few other problems with the book. Too many characters seemed to be the world's best __________ (fill in the blank as appropriate). They were described as just about perfect in their chosen fields, few detectable flaws if any). Not sure what they were, but they weren't interesting, they weren't characters. Secondly, the cops-PI relationship didn't seem real - it was too friendly, too confiding.Read more ›
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Patricia H. Parker on December 10, 2012
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The title of this book "Bolero" is an indication of how the story mounts in suspense and what is at risk if the leading character, Nick Sayler, doesn't solve the crime. Just as Ravel's Bolero increases in tension as one moves through the composition so does this story.

It starts with Nick Sayler, a private detective, being called by a young intern at Bellevue Hospital. His business card has been found in the pocket of a young woman who has been dropped off at the Emergency Entrance. She had been found beaten and left to die in an alley in Manhattan. The card is the only clue to her identity as her wallet and all other documents are missing. The hospital policy is that, because of the lack of identification, the woman will be designated a "Jane Doe" and admitted to the psychiatric ward at the hospital. The doctor, using the only clue he has, has called Sayler and asked him to take her out of the building so that she won't be lost in the routine of the hospital. This is the beginning of a search for her identity and for the person or persons who tried to kill her.

As Sayler tries to find out who the woman is he learns that she is the third "dancer" who has been attacked in this way in the past few months. She is lucky as the taxi driver who found her on the street and dropped her at the hospital saved her life. Sayler figures out that she is a dancer by her physical characteristics, posture and bearing. There is also something very frail about her, and she is a woman men want to protect. Everyone she meets is impressed with how nice she is, and Sayler finds himself falling in love with her. This is not good for him as the death of the great love of his life ten years earlier has left him wounded and carrying a lot of emotions around with him.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By BookAddict TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 7, 2012
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Bolero is a fascinating story. Unlike many suspense and thriller novels that explore the gruesome details of the murders and the pursuit of the killer, this one delves more into the psychological and emotional journey of P.I. Nick Sayler. Written in first person, we are in Nick's head with an up close and personal view of his world. We feel the conflict pulling at him and the emotional turmoil he experiences along the way. Nick is a complicated guy with a complicated past. Like most of us, he drags a lot of baggage. This is often the story's focus, and it works well. I felt a connection with Nick, whose character is slightly damaged and very likable.
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