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Russian Roulette (Dev Haskell - Private Investigator, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Mike Faricy
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Faricy is the next Carl Hiaasen." -Crime Scene

Russian Roulette is the FIRST novel in the highly entertaining Dev Haskell Private Investigator mystery series.

Bestselling author Mike Faricy kicks off his mystery series with this humorous, suspenseful tale of intrigue, rank ineptitude, and one night-stands.


PI Dev Haskell wakes up one morning in dire need of an asprin, a cup of coffee, and an hour in the sauna. It seems he's just spent a wild night with his beautiful bombshell of a client, Kerri, and she's left him a note. A smart and sly man who fancies himself just a little more savvy and debonair than reality confirms, Dev thinks he's got it made. But he has absolutely no idea what he's getting into when he agrees to track down Kerri's sister Nikki. Turns out both women are involved in an elaborate human trafficking ring with Braco the Whacko, a notorious Russian mobster, at the helm. Soon Dev finds himself at odds with local police, Homeland Security, and an FBI task force, as well as in and out of the hospital thanks to a gunshot wound and a bit of shrapnel in the rear, not to mention on the run from a neurotic underworld boss and a psychotic killer: it must be love...

In a bizarre but compelling mixture of crime and offbeat comedy, Dev proceeds to messily balance both sides of the law in a wacky tale that will keep you on your toes while laughing out loud.

WHO WILL LIKE IT: Fans of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, Tony Dunbar's Tubby Dubonnet mysteries, the Chevy Chase Fletch movies, and Florida-zany authors like Carl Hiassen, Tim Dorsey, and Dave Barry--though not because this book is set in Florida--it's just zany!

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: 1040 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615521061
  • Publisher: Mike Faricy (November 11, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004V4AHYU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,036 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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60 of 63 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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30 of 32 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
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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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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unconventional Characters - Fast-Paced Who-Dun-It July 3, 2011
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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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10 of 12 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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30 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting characters July 19, 2012
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I enjoyed the book and liked Dev, the main character, who survived in spite of being somewhat inept - and so quick to jump in bed with just about any woman who was available. I continue to be disappointed, though, that authors who can weave a good story don't know basic grammar and punctuation, who use "try and" and the verb "to lie" incorrectly....such as "just lay still."

..."he'll have the funds and the attorney's to fight this thing..." In this case, "attorney's" is not the possessive.

Also, just a minor error: Places to change money (in Spanish) are Casas de Cambio, not "Combio."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good December 6, 2013
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The characters were believable and there was an element of suspense not to much was given to the reader to make it dull.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No, thank you. August 19, 2014
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Maybe this book was written for alcoholics. The main character is a drunk and appears to be bragging about it. I have people close to me who have a drinking problem and I have seen first hand what a destructive effect it has on their lives, so I am not amused. The story is good, but I could have used a few less flippant remarks, which I guess were meant to be funny. But several per page is overkill in my opinion. I was turned off by this book, did not finish it, and will not read another by this author.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Russian Roulette
I loved this book! The plot was well written and the characters were wonderful. In this first book in the series Dev get a mixed up in a mystery he is determined to solve. Read more
Published 10 days ago by shannon
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I did not like this book at all. Bad all the way and I finally stopped reading it.
Published 10 days ago by OraLee
5.0 out of 5 stars Russian roulette is a fantastic thriller.
Dev is a great investigator. The twists and turns in the plot are phenomenal. I can't wait for case number two.
Published 20 days ago by Purrfect Mom
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining read and a good way to while away some time
A little overdone with the dialog aka Mike Hammer, but an interesting story and interesting characters. An entertaining read and a good way to while away some time.
Published 21 days ago by Mike Nash
4.0 out of 5 stars Russian Roulette
I liked this book à lot more than I expected. Reading the reviews gave me the impression Dev did not use his brain. He just uses his à little differently.
Published 22 days ago by Jean
4.0 out of 5 stars Started silly, ended strong
This book started a bit silly, but ended strong - so my advice is stick with it and enjoy the ride. Some parts are unbelievable, but done in a humorous manner, which for me was... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sue Joyce
5.0 out of 5 stars comedian/private investigator
Nothing like a little humor mixed with a mystery! This book has them both and will leave you wanting to see what this author has in store next!
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars eh it could be worse...
This is an enjoyable if ultimately forgettable read. If you're into the PI genre, this is a safe bet. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joao Cardeira Jorge
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It was very different from what I expected. It didn't flow.
Published 1 month ago by Janice Troilo
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Great story, told in "Devil's" classic dry humor, but punctuated with a significant amount of bodily harm. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Fethe
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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
Ting-A-Ling: Case 7

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)

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Email Mike at
Follow Mike on Twitter @mikefaricybooks


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