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

Jack Thompson
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Book Description

What do a private detective, a hacker and an assassin have in common?

The desire to help when 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.

Raja Williams novels:
The Color of Greed
C'est la Vie
Swimming Upstream
Diamonds Never Die


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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: 197 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 061572955X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Crackerjack Publishing (July 23, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008OIB73E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,625 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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28 of 30 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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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Ultimate Detective Story" August 17, 2012
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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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14 of 16 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Potboiler May 11, 2013
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Raja Williams is very handsome, very suave, and very, very rich. Women love him, cops love him working on their turf and cases. He has a private jet. Classic cars make splashy appearances. His gorgeous assistant Vinnie performs difficult, sometimes world-class computer exploits with total ease. Sorry, but I didn't care about or believe the characters, the dialog is forced and the narrative tends to explain rather than create, as well as wander off into obsession with female parts -- though the relationship with Vinnie remains chaste. Ian Fleming this is not. If I had to use one word to describe the writing, it would be "adolescent."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read May 2, 2013
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The Color of Greed, Crackerjack Publishing, an e-book by Jack Thompson is one of his Raja Williams novels.
The protagonist, a man of multinational origin but most recently from a Caribbean Island family who became enormously wealthy, enjoys it all while indulging his hobby of solving unusual crimes. He functions from a home base in Clearwater, FL but is available worldwide and will answer a call at any time anywhere in the world.
A former client recommends him to Clarice Williams, a wealthy west coast woman who believes her husband has been murdered. She calls because the police have closed the case as being of natural causes, which she cannot accept. He flies out, meets Clarice, agrees with her premise and proceeds with the help of his faithful electronics/computer savvy, Vinny, to wade through a tangled web that includes a Governor, his aide, a retired judge, a wife and assorted others, all of whom have problematic life/career situations.
The story is well crafted and moves smoothly to provide pleasant entertainment. Reviewed by John H. manhold, award winning fiction/non-fiction author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Thriller March 3, 2013
By TomW
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Raja and Vinny are wonderful. A well written and absorbing book from cover to cover. I am looking forward to more of Raja and Vinny. Unorthodox detectives but very likable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read This Book When you Have Hours to Spend February 19, 2013
By Marti
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Once you start reading, you will have to ignore everything until you finish the book. Raja and his assistant Vinnie will keep you turning pages until you reach "the end." A mysterious death will turn into much more and Raja and Vinnie will be put into danger, more than once.

Raja and Vinnie are a good team. I can't wait until I read the next book in this series!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I totally enjoyed it.
Captivated me at the very beginning! I totally enjoyed it.
Published 16 days ago by ipw
2.0 out of 5 stars wealthy private eye with super sharp techie helper
Ho hum ... wealthy private eye with super sharp techie helper. "C"-movie material.
Published 17 days ago by John A. Lutz
5.0 out of 5 stars very good read!
Entertaining all the way through, a real page-turner. Believable characters, although a bit exaggerated in technical skills. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Mary Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced thriller!
With good character development and many plot twists, this story will keep you turning the pages quickly! Read more
Published 1 month ago by phoenix rising
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad - but not Great either
I got this book for free after seeing it on one of my free book lists. The description made me think it would be something I would enjoy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by UBizz
4.0 out of 5 stars Channeling all those 70's private detectives
The author's original outline for this book must have involved watching every 1970's detective movie and TV series, as every character seems to have been culled from that era's... Read more
Published 1 month ago by bass player 61
5.0 out of 5 stars The Color of Greed has everything a good murder mystery should.
Raja Williams is a wealthy, good looking, 007 type of private investigator who doesn’t ask for money for his services. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Theresa Snyder
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of action and great dialogue
I was blown away by this book! Love the characters Raja and Vinny. They complement each other so well. What a team! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good book. Kept my attention.
Published 4 months 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 6 months ago by Bob
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More 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.

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