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

Mike Faricy
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 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.

THE RUSSIAN MOB'S NEVER BEEN SO HILARIOUS. OR SO DANGEROUS...

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

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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
Merlot

Co-Authored Novella:
Irish Dukes

Product Details

  • File Size: 4267 KB
  • Print Length: 339 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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,210 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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59 of 62 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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29 of 31 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for Book 2 June 12, 2014
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I downloaded this to my Kindle yesterday, sat down and started to read.... and couldn't put it down.
Dev Haskell as a typical P.I. is a total screw-up. (He has a license and a gun, but no office.) As an "investigator" he is remarkable....and very smart, and resourceful. Additionally he is funny, and a ladies man..... Some love him, some shoot him.
All the characters in this book are believable...... from the "Russian Mafia," to the St. Paul P.D., to the F.B.I., and I.C.E.
Great research by the author on the "sex-slave trade"..... now prevalent throughout the country.
Good plot, with characters that are fully developed throughout the book.
Great summer afternoon read. I'd recommend this book to anybody.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite a few funny one liners
I enjoyed this detective novel. Frequently, I found myself laughing out loud at some of the week thought out humor. Read more
Published 13 hours ago by JaxonD
3.0 out of 5 stars A nice surprise
The story grabs you but in a way you need to keep reading all day. But it makes you want to keep reading. Nice fine. Read more
Published 14 hours ago by Denise
4.0 out of 5 stars quirky, weird but fun
Perhaps a bit disjointed. How this P.I. ever earned enough to make a living is a mystery to me. He seemed pretty strange to me, but let his manliness rule his life. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Bruce E. Derylo
5.0 out of 5 stars New fan of mike faricy
This is a funny well written book .... Does not need to be edited like most of the free or low priced books...strong plot strong characters great read ..... I'm a new fan
Published 4 days ago by Gene T. Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good Book
Published 5 days ago by Linda Mintz
5.0 out of 5 stars Russian Roulette
A fun read. Characters are defined well. There's lots of humor and yet this book tells a story that has much truth in it.
Published 6 days ago by Toby M. Shapiro
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great book.
Published 6 days ago by dnaleri3
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very good read
Published 6 days ago by Harvey
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Was good to read. Enjoyed seeing Dev get in and out of messes. Will read more of the Mike Faricy books.
Published 6 days ago by Phillip J. Benedict
4.0 out of 5 stars Russian Roulette
Interesting tale told with mild humour.Good.Enjoyed reading.
Published 7 days ago by JR Kumar
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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 facebook.com/MikeFaricyBooks or email him at mikefaricyauthor@gmail.com

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
Merlot

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

Visit Mike on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/MikeFaricyBooks
Visit Dev Haskell's Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/DevHaskell
Email Mike at mikefaricyauthor@gmail.com
Follow Mike on Twitter @mikefaricybooks

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