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The Color of Greed (Raja Williams Mystery Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jack Thompson
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Book Description

Sometimes justice needs a hand.

When the young husband of a wealthy heiress is found dead on his yacht floating off the California coastline, his death is ruled an accident and the case is closed. The grieving widow, certain her husband was murdered but getting no help from the police, turns to Raja Williams, a wealthy Oxford-educated private investigator, who has dedicated his resources to help those in need of justice. When Raja arrives in Los Angeles and more bodies begin to pile up, he suspects a coverup that may go as high up as the governor. With the help of his partner Vinny, a highly skilled hacker, Raja must unravel the case before everyone involved, including the two of them, winds up dead.

A colorful cast of characters, great dialogue and a suspenseful twisting plot make The Color of Greed an entertaining read. The Color of Greed is the first book in the Raja Williams series.


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Book of the Month October 2012
A Classic Thriller – Review by Mike Smith

A few weeks ago I caught an old episode of the Rockford Files on one of the gazillion channels that we have these days and it took me back to the golden era of detective shows on TV: Ironsides, Columbo, Kojak. They don’t make ‘em like that any more … or do they?
The Color Of Greed isn’t going to win the Booker prize, but I don’t suppose the author, Jack Thompson, had that in mind when he created his private investigator, Raja Williams. The story’s leading man is a wealthy, Oxford-educated philanthropist of Jamaican descent who tells it like it is, but, underneath the blunt exterior, he wants to catch the bad guys.
Jack Thompson doesn’t stray far from the beaten track of the classic detective thriller: a rich heiress wants the death of her husband investigated but the police are denying that there was any evidence of foul play. Raja Williams takes the case – no payment required as he already has his own private jet and money to burn.
In running e-thriller.com I get to read – or at least start – a number of books that follow this proven formula, but The Color Of Greed is well-written, has a good plot and the dialogue works. And yes, we would all like to be Raja Williams with a private jet and the ladies falling at our feet.
Jack Thompson gives his readers what they want: a good plot with a central character painted in bold colours. Who loves ya, baby?!

About the Author

Jack Thompson is an international bestselling author finding voices in many genres. In addition to his popular Raja Williams mystery series, Jack writes science fiction, political thrillers, paranormal romance, children's stories and fairy tales.

According to Jack, whether reading or writing, what makes a story great is how well it communicates to the reader. Whether presenting him with a hero he wishes he could be or a villain he chooses to hate, the characters must relate to the reader on a personal level. A reader will leave a good story in an improved condition. He may have learned something new about the world or himself, or simply been well entertained. That's why Jack writes.

Product Details

  • File Size: 349 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Crackerjack Publishing (July 23, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008OIB73E
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,366 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Ultimate Detective Story" August 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is the first detective story I've read by Jack Thompson. It reminds me of the old time radio shows where the private detective comes to the aid of a woman; in this case, a recent widow. The author doesn't waste any words and neither does a good detective put his feet up on his desk. It's time for action, and that is what the novel offers. Detective Raja Williams speeds to the west coast at the call of new client, Clarice Hope. Her husband, Randy, had been found dead on the topside of his yacht that had drifted into a harbor in the dark of night. The police have no evidence of foul play, but Clarice is sure the he's been murdered. Vinnie is Raja's assistant and researcher who keeps him informed and supplied with techie equipment as if he were Agent 007. Right from the beginning of Raja's investigation, his pride and joy classic vehicle, 1966 Alpha Romeo Duetta, has the brake lines cut and careens off a cliff right after Raja safely bails out. Raja and Vinnie, with the support of the LAPD, delve deep into more deaths and political deception. An aggressive story for the reader to embrace. The story is 'catnip' for the readers who love detective stories. Detective Williams and Author Jack Thompson have achieved success.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good, Fun, "Kick Your Feet Up Read" August 31, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Jack Thompson's "The Color of Greed" is a very good book. Moreover, it is just a fun book to read. "Greed" is like one of those old gumshoe novels fastforwarded to the present. Let's just drop all of those silly inhibitions, guidelines and other useless obstacles and kick our feet up and enjoy a fine weekend getaway read.
The above being said, one might wonder why the 3-star rating dude? I only give out a handful of 5-star ratings. So, a 4-star rating from me is a very high rating, and a 3-star rating is still a very good rating. Furthermore, we can only give a whole-number rating. "Greed" was actually probably a 3.5-star in my humble opinion. (I am not published, Jack is, I have tremendous respect for this.) Also, the 3-star rating had nothing to do with the story content. And the 3-star rating should not deter anyone from reading this book, or any future book of Jack's. I know that I will be reading the next Raja Williams book when it hits the shelf. Enough said.
Raja Williams is Oxford-educated, comes from insane amounts of money, and is very interested in seeing that no one is taken advantage of in the legal system. In other words, that equal justice is available to all - no matter whom they are. Raja works for free, basically, he tries to work for expenses when he can, if he cannot, no matter. He has one of the world's best hackers at his beckon call for his side kick - Vinnie.
Clarice Hope retains Raja on this case when her husband, Randy, is found dead. The authorities are only too quick to chalk it up to a death by natural causes. However, Clarice is sure that Randy has been murdered. Raja agrees to take the case and immediately pursues leads to the West coast.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down August 12, 2012
By Mike M
Format:Kindle Edition
Gripping ... Chock full of suspense and intrigue. The riveting conclusion, with it's shocking revelations, will leave you spellbound. I can't wait for the next book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New PI September 24, 2012
By SteveC
Format:Kindle Edition
I received this book directly from the author, in response to his request for review on Goodreads.com.

This book (first of a series?) is about a well-educated, and independently wealth, private investigator Raja Williams, and his hacker partner Vinny, helping a widow find out the details of her husband's death on his yacht. The widow has gone through the police, but the death was ruled an accident and the case closed. She however is convinced it was actually murder.

Raja just starts his investigation when his classic car has its brakes tampered with, which starts all the action that follows. That is all I am going to say about the action, so as not to spoil the read.

The characters, dialog, and plot are great. There is plenty of action, political intrigue, criminals, etc., more than enough to keep the reader interested and guessing.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and look forward to the next in the series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it! September 1, 2012
By Mandy
Format:Kindle Edition
I received this book in return for a honest review from the author Jack Thompson. The book is about Raja Williams a private investigator who doesn't charge his clients but asks them to pay it forward. He has his own private plane, drives Ferrari's and has a partner who is one of the best hackers out there who happens to look like a super model.

Raja gets called to L.A. to find out what happened to a grieving widow's younger husband who's murdered on his yacht. Once he starts to unravel the murder he learns it goes way deeper then anyone can imagine. Soon he's driving to San Francisco looking into a crime Triad, dirty politicians, sex scandals, and a whole lot more.

I don't want to give too much away but wow. I just loved Raja and his partner Vinny they are a perfect pair they complement each other well. This book had me from chapter one and I couldn't put it do down. It's fast paced, full of action, and dripping with mystery. The characters are well developed you have a great idea who they are and they are portrayed well. This book is packed full of twists and turns that keep you guessing through the whole book. I really enjoyed the concept of which Raja is he's not your typical detective but reminds me of Dick Tracy helping out the damsel in distress. A enjoyable read that has me wanting more. I can't wait to read book two.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good book. Kept my attention.
Published 20 days ago by Laurie J. Crivello
5.0 out of 5 stars Geek
I can't say enough about this book and how fascinating the characters were. When I thought I had everything figured out another turn happened and I had to rethink again. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bob
4.0 out of 5 stars Not to be dismissed out-of-hand
I dunno. I read the one- through three-star reviews and I read the author's thumbnail bio, which lists among his genres, "children's stories and fairy tales," and some of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by mrsdepass
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad
Fun quick read. Good story. Fun to read about areas of California I am very familiar with. Had the locations pretty well nailed
Published 4 months ago by Mike Dickerson
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I absolutely loved this action packed book. It was exciting from beginning to end and really held your interest. Read more
Published 6 months ago by C. Dawson
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor writing style
Way too cheesy for me. I didn't make it to the 20% Mark it was so bad...good concept but this writer needs a lot more polish. Not sire how this book garnered so many good reviews?
Published 10 months ago by Slumlord1970
5.0 out of 5 stars Who Knew Greed could be such a great read?
I just read The Color of Greed, a Raja Williams Novel, by Jack Thompson. This is my first time to read this author, and I loved it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sandy Penny
2.0 out of 5 stars odd
The book started off good. Then it got unbelievable. No one has that much luck or power. I ended up skimming the last third of the book just to see if it got better. It didn't. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sandy
4.0 out of 5 stars Great characters
Good story,great characters, excellent author with great writing skills. Recommending author to my husband. Will check out further Raja books.
Published 11 months ago by JoyceBaker
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of Suspense
This book kept you on edge and was full of suspense.
Really enjoyed it and ready to read the next.
Published 12 months ago by Stacy Marks
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Jack Thompson is an international bestselling author finding voices in many genres. In addition to his popular Raja Williams mystery series, Jack writes science fiction, political thrillers, paranormal romance, children's stories and fairy tales.

According to Jack, whether reading or writing, what makes a story great is how well it communicates to the reader. Whether presenting him with a hero he wishes he could be or a villain he chooses to hate, the characters must relate to the reader on a personal level. A reader will leave a good story in an improved condition. He may have learned something new about the world or himself, or simply been well entertained. That's why Jack writes.

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