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Russian Roulette (Dev Haskell - Private Investigator: Case 1) [Kindle Edition]

Mike Faricy
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Russian Roulette: Case 1 is the First novel in the highly
entertaining Dev Haskell mystery series. Bestselling author Mike Faricy kicks
off his mystery series with this hilarious, suspenseful tale of intrigue, rank
ineptitude and one night stands. A recommended
read for the 18+ who won't mind violence, a little bad language, and a
sprinkling of sex all rolled into a really great mystery! 


Private Investigator Dev Haskell wakes up next to his beautiful
new client only to learn she's signed him up with the Russian mob. This 'special' relationship with his client places Dev at odds with the local
police, Homeland Security and an FBI task force not to mention a neurotic
underworld boss and a psychotic killer. In a bizarre mixture of crime and
offbeat comedy Dev finds himself with a foot on both sides of the law, his only
clue the photo of a naked woman on a beach.


Russian Roulette: Case 1 is a critically acclaimed tale of murder
and mayhem reminiscent of the best satire and humor from the likes of Elmore
Leonard and Carl Hiaasen. Faricy's brilliantly plotted tale and his fantastic
finish makes this an impossible to put down page turner. Move over James
Patterson and Michael Connelly, Dev Haskell is at the bar.

A humorous, fast-paced mystery from Minnesota's Master of the Bizarre, Mike


The Dev Haskell Private Investigator mystery series can be read in any order.

Russian Roulette: Case 1

Mr. Swirlee: Case 2

Bite Me: Case 3
Bombshell: Case 4
Tutti Frutti: Case 5

Last Shot: Case 6
Ting-A-Ling: Case 7

Editorial Reviews


I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I had a hard time putting it down. It was very well written and is the first in a series of books with Dev as the main character. G. Polka
An absolute delight. A fast paced page turner that had us laughing out loud at the same time it was suspenseful. The Irish Gazette
I'll be looking for more from this author, a solid five star intro. I'll be looking for more of the same. Crime Stories
Fantastic! Where has Devlin Haskell been all my life. An absolute delight. Mystery Mayhem

From the Author

Dev Haskell - Private Investigator Mystery Series Reading Order:
Russian Roulette: Case 1
Mr. Swirlee: Case 2
Bite Me: Case 3
Bombshell: Case 4
Tutti Frutti: Case 5
Last Shot: Case 6
Ting-A-Ling: Case 7

Reading Order:
Slow, Slow, Quick, Quick
Baby Grand
Chow for Now
End of the LIne
Finders Keepers

Co-Authored Novella:
Irish Dukes

Product Details

  • File Size: 4302 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Mike Faricy (November 11, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004V4AHYU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,121 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining! May 1, 2012
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Devlin "Dev" Haskell is a private investigator that has NO idea what he is getting into when he accepts Kerri's request to find her sister Nikki. After a $500 "retainer fee", make that $400 and a roll in the hay, he agrees to find Nikki. What he doesn't know is that Kerri and Nikki are involved in a prostitution ring with Braco the Whacko. Dev is thrown into the investigation as he learns things in days/weeks time that the task force hasn't been able to uncover in 2 years. Dev finds himself in the hospital more than once for being shot, having shrapnel in his rear, and various other things.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I had a hard time putting it down. It was very well written and is the first in a series of books with Dev as the main character; though the books can be read by themselves in no particular order. I found myself laughing several times as Dev met misfortune. Russian Roulette and Devlin Haskell remind me of a series of books by Janet Evanovich, involving Stephanie Plum. If you want a fairly quick read that keeps you on your toes, that is packed with action, and makes you laugh, I highly recommend reading this book!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Set up the 1940 piano music, PI Dev is in the house. April 30, 2012
By Wanda
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
When Mike asked me to review his book I was excited. I have worked with him but have never read a book of his. So it should be no surprise that I read his book in a day.
Dev, PI extraordinaire, ahm, no, actually he is not. Dev is really not a very good PI. His long term plans runs only a few hours longer than his short term plan. His short term plans include getting drunk or even more inebriated than he is at the moment. His long term plans include trying to get "hooked up" with women for the night. He runs his office out of an assortment of bars and conducts his interviews on the same level as a bar man. But in this lies his charm. He keeps referring to his charm but little of this is visible. He is however a loyal friend, stubborn as can be and smart. Yes, he really is smart. Smart enough to make money from his business, smart enough to connect the dots. In Russian roulette he finds himself in a position where he needs to fall back on his smarts and his street smarts to work out if the Russian roulette game he is playing is in or against his odds.
It has been a very long while since I last read a detective who's done it novel. Mike manages to make Dev a likeable character for which I ended up rooting, yes even pertaining to his love life. The book is fast paced and fun. The policing procedures seem realistic and the end leaves you gasping for breath.
I give this book a 7 *** *** * rating. I really enjoyed reading it and hope to read another Mike Faricy book by the end of May.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unconventional Characters - Fast-Paced Who-Dun-It July 3, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I gotta tell you right now, up front - one of my newest favorite antihero protagonists is hands-down, Devlin Haskell. Dev is an individual who reminds you of somebody you know - someone you wish you could ignore, but can't. Dev thinks of himself as brave and debonair, but we all know he's a big disheveled puddy cat who is more at ease dumpster diving in an alley for freebies. Then, inspired by the contentment of a full belly and basically generous nature, calls his friends to partake of the alley feast, as well.

Like a cat, he is seemingly blessed with a multitude of lives and a demeanor that dares you to contradict his "I am the King" attitude. Always in trouble, Dev's unique code of honor keeps him trudging through his investigation. He doesn't give up. When he falters, he gathers the tattered shreds of his dignity and keeps plodding on. He is a funny guy, always in trouble, rarely sensible. He makes me groan, and he causes me to laugh aloud.

As my finger rapidly clicked through the screens on my kindle, and the story sped by for me, I kept the faith that Dev would rescue the girl, and solve the case. This well-developed, quirky crime mystery by Mike Faricy is escapist entertainment at its very best. Well-intentioned, inept, lucky and, have I mentioned, always in trouble, Devlin Haskell leads a riotous cast of unconventional characters in a fast-paced who-dun-it that will appeal to readers of all ages. Also, Devlin is back in a brand new adventure Mr. Softee. Don't miss it!

Reviewed by Laurie-J
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Oddo May 14, 2013
By "Oddo"
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Good fast paced action, interesting characters but kind of boiler plate. Will read another book by him. Good quick read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars St Paul slapstick June 21, 2011
By mikeb
Format:Kindle Edition
Good read. It took a bit to get into the constant/initial 'slapstick' tone of the book, but once I had it, the humor was fun and original. Toward the end of the book and the culmination of the plot, my thoughts were that it would have even been a really good read if it had a 'serious' tone to it. Understanding that Dev is a screwball, known by all as such, another style could have also carried the plot. I recommend it to anyone looking for a bunch of laughs and a good time within the confines of St. Paul.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a riot! January 22, 2014
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Well, add Dev Haskell to the list of favorite bad boys in my life! Mike Faricy has created a fabulously funny main character and written an incredibly fast paced book that is hard to put down. His own worst enemy, Dev Haskell gets himself into jam after jam with thugs, crooks and beautiful bombshells and Faricy always pulls him out with a sly smile. Russian Roulette is the set up for a series of books about this ne'er-do-well private detective, and if Russian Roulette is any indication of what is to come in this series, sign me up. Highly recommend.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Trafficking
I knew that I was going to enjoy this book from page one and I wasn't let down. There were times when I laughed out loud and times when I thought my nerves would break.
Published 2 days ago by Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars A great crime fiction
This book was a great read. I loved how the story played out. The characters were all great. Poor Dev has some crappy luck. The humor had me laughing throughout. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Denise Gardner
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting private investigator
Dev Haskell was a likable guy, I don't know if I should but I think of him as one of those sleazy private investigators. He's a womanizer. But again, I liked him. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Lucinda Dunn
5.0 out of 5 stars Dev Haskell PI
Mike Faricy is one of the best in adventure & mystery writers. Right from the first chapter, Russian Roulette kept me riveted. I've read Case 1 to 3, back to back. Read more
Published 1 month ago by nita figueroa
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing, funny book
This was my first mystery,thriller,comedy and well worth the read. Decline Haskell was such a character and smart ass but it kept me wanting to turn the page until I was done! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars My kind of PI
This book was fast moving, exciting, sitting on the edge of your seat kind of book. Throw in some humor and this book was fantastic! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Colfel
4.0 out of 5 stars book easy to read.
Interesting book. Lots of people involved in the plot. Easy reading. First time I read any of hits books. Maybe I will read another of his books.
Published 2 months ago by Gloria G. Bernero
4.0 out of 5 stars Dev Haskell
It's a pretty good read....Light weight fare with a smart talking detective and gorgeous dames...its in a few words FUN!
Published 2 months ago by David M
3.0 out of 5 stars It was OK
Not as good as some but better than others I have read. I like a little more detail in a novel.
Published 2 months ago by Unknown
5.0 out of 5 stars Dev to the rescue, kind of!
This is the second Dev Haskell book that I have read, and I have enjoyed both of them. An unusual lead character, whose gritty determination/stubbornness keeps the story moving... Read more
Published 2 months ago by William Englefield
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More About the Author

The Dirty Lowdown called Mike Faricy America's hottest new mystery writer. Robert Carraher and the Irish Gazette referred to him as Minnesota's Master of the Bizarre. He has been nominated for a Minnesota book award. All his books are stand alone, they can be read in whatever order you wish. They're filled with the sort of oddballs we're all curious about, but wisely prefer to keep at a distance. His characters serve not so much as an example as they do a warning to us all. None of them will be saving the world from terrorism, international banking conspiracies or coups to take over the government. Rather, his characters inhabit a world just below the surface of polite society. The circumstances they find themselves in are usually due to their own bad decisions, but then bad decisions make for interesting stories.
Mikes debut novel was Slow, Slow, Quick, Quick. He has also written, Baby Grand, Chow for Now, End of the Line, Finders Keepers and Merlot. His Dev Haskell series, in order are; Russian Roulette, Mr. Swirlee, Bite Me, Bombshell, Tutti Frutti and Last Shot. The Dev Haskell novels are all stand alone and can be read in any order.
He is originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, where he spends part of his time as well as in Dublin, Ireland. You can follow Mike on Twitter @mikefaricybooks or connect with him on his Facebook page at or email him at

Dev Haskell - Private Investigator series:
Russian Roulette: Case 1
Mr. Swirlee: Case 2
Bite Me: Case 3
Bombshell: Case 4
Tutti Frutti: Case 5
Last Shot: Case 6

Stand alone reading order:
Slow, Slow, Quick, Quick
Baby Grand
Chow for Now
End of the Line
Finders Keepers

Co-Authored Novella:
Irish Dukes (In the Fight Card series under the pseudonym Jack Tunney)

Visit Mike on Facebook at:
Visit Dev Haskell's Facebook Page:
Email Mike at
Follow Mike on Twitter @mikefaricybooks

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