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No Dice: A Detective Dave Mason Mystery Book I Paperback – December 3, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984495207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984495207
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,137,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mar Preston was a political insider during Santa Monica's rent control and living wage wars. An avid student of the city's changing urban landscape, she loves watching the dance between politics, money, real estate and the old-fashioned land grab.

A second novel featuring Detective Dave Mason of the Santa Monica Police Department will be released in 2011. Mar Preston works as an editor, teaches creative writing and memoir workshops.

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What if a major gambling outfit tried to build a high-rise casino in downtown, upscale Santa Monica? What if one of the city councilmembers, like the ones I knew well, was murdered before she could cast the deciding vote? This is the basic plot of my first Dave Mason mysteries called No Dice.Readers call it a financial thriller.

The second one, Rip-Off, tells what happened when a wily pair of high-tech burglars encounter Chechen organized crime in Detective Dave Mason's Santa Monica. The most recent Dave Mason novel is called On Behalf of the Family.

A car arson fire claims the life of a beautiful young girl, a rich Muslim student at Santa Monica College. What is this? Is it a hate crime? Domestic abuse, honor killing, or what? Detective Dave Mason must break through the family's silent conspiracy surrounding her vicious murder. He is handicapped by fact that the eleven members of her family who share the mansion in the high-end real estate section of Santa Monica do not speak English. Or so they say.

The city is in turmoil, accusing the department of racism and worse. Mason makes a promise to a girl he never met that he will bring her justice; yet, he is drawn away from the turbulent investigation with a promise to the love of his life. Can he keep his promises to both of them when political blow back and an escalating demand for answers threaten every step he takes?

Joseph Wambaugh fans will enjoy this behind the scenes look at a police department in a liberal city which cannot accept that an honor killing has come to the glitzy shores of upscale, tourist-destination Santa Monica.

I am a long-term Santa Monica resident, and student of the Santa Monica Police Department, as well as the worldwide incidence of the killing and maiming of women who violate fundamentalist cultural norms.

In Santa Monica development politics are blood sport. I love the city. It's built out to its glamorous edges, one of which is the Pacific Ocean. What gets built--and doesn't get built--stirs up hot disputes and marathon city council meetings. I loved the idea of playing with the dynamics between big money and big ideas that change the urban landscape. Just as fascinating are the interactions between cops, celebrities, tourists, and community activists.

I was a burnt out academic researcher for decades, then grant writer, editor, and creative writing teacher. At the same time I was a political insider during Santa Monica's rent control and living wage wars. Getting a good mystery out of what goes on behind the scenes makes all those dreary council meetings worthwhile.

In the meantime Payback, my third novel is the debut of a mystery suspense series which takes place in the mountain village somewhat like the one where I live in the Los Padres National Forest. I hope you will like Payback, featuring Detective Dex Stafford of the Kern County Sheriff's Department and his prickly ally, Holly Seabright of the town's patrol department.

Their adventure begins in a forest fire when the mayor's beheaded body is found with a note reading "payback" stuffed in his mouth. And ends where a much grimmer shadow looms over the town.

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I read it twice and enjoyed it more the second time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mitch on January 12, 2011
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This is an interesting story of a community minded member (Ginger) that finds herself in the middle of an upcoming election of opposing elements-do you have a designer casino? Is it helpful or harmful? The politics, pro & con; money for the community, yes or no & how to use it? Beneficial or not? It addresses the dangers inherent of politics and big money.

The characters are strong minded. It reveals the battle between national power/money & municipal authorities/law & individual community members. Ginger is a tenacious, smart and problem solving person. Detective Mason & his crew are street smart & quick thinking while dealing with their own daily circumstances.

The writer, Mar Preston, delivers the characters' personalities, weaknesses & determinations for their specific goals, right or wrong. It is well written, leaving you with questions as Ms. Preston moves on to other scenes & situations.... answering all of your questions, eventually. #
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on April 30, 2012
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i am totally shocked that this is the author's FIRST novel! It is such a fast paced who-dun-it, that I would have thought she had 5 or 6 books under her belt! Guess being a creative writing teacher really DOES give you the writing chops!

You will be hooked from the first chapter of the tight story. Her characters are lively, true to life and you can't beat real life for giving you an excellent backdrop to base a story on! The story has lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing. Even if you guess who the murder suspect is before the end, you'll be flipping the pages quickly to see how they get caught! You'll also be hoping there will be another book to follow- and there will be!

If you're looking for a new voice in the police procedural genre, check out Mar Preston!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nelson on January 3, 2011
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I totally enjoyed this book. Santa Monica is a place where development politics are serious business and everybody in town has an opinion. Having lived there, I could just imagine the hoo ha if a gambling outfit came to town! That's what Preston's done in No Dice and made it a fun, fast paced read.
I really liked Ginger, the community organizer who leads the opposition to the casino. I was rooting for her and Mason, the homicide cop, to get together. I liked the fact that she was smart, and even though she had a physical disability, she faced the killer and used her wits to excape.
I know cops, the good ones and the bad ones, and the author portrayed them honestly and sympathetically, warts and all.
There's apparently another Preston crime novel coming. Can't wait!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patty on October 21, 2011
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I enjoyed how the characters were developed thoroughly to the point of making them come alive (even the short lived one in the story had her character developed). I know when I read a good fiction book when I start asking myself throughout my working day- "Gee, I wonder what he/she would do if they were in my situation?".
This book has that.
In addition, it does not have you so bogged down with character development that you lose the pace of suspense. A very nice balance.
I noticed that another review focused on grammatical errors and having volumes quoted some places and not others. I did notice 3 or so mistyped words etc..., but I have seen that in many many novels that have also been boring with little and no character development.
If the story, plot, characters, are good, that is key to me and thus gives the book a high rating. I am buying more copies to give as Christmas gifts. Enough said.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John H. Byk on April 29, 2012
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Preston immerses the reader in the hectic world of police procedural mystery which is sometimes confusing but aren't unsolved murders always? Stick it out and enjoy the brusque language, original insight and surprisingly semi hard boiled prose from a female author who is not afraid to push the envelope.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By V. Folsom on September 5, 2013
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I found the story and characters were pretty good. I somewhat enjoyed this book and will probably read another in this series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ken Stange on September 12, 2012
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What makes or breaks a novel of this genre, or most genres, is character development. This one certainly does well in that department. A good read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anne Loader McGee on June 3, 2012
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Wow! What a great read! Mar Preston gets right into this fast-paced murder mystery that involves no-nonsense Santa Monica community organizer Ginger McNair, and hardboiled homicide detective Dave Mason. Preston's extensive research into local politics and police forensics is apparent as the investigation unravels who is behind the battle to legalize casino gambling. I love the snappy dialogue and constant tension between the two main characters. A page turner and a definite read for murder/mystery fans.
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