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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 (244 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: #1,404 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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75 of 78 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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35 of 37 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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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
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Amazon carries this blurb about Russian Roulette: 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!

Sadly, it's not. Not zany. Not funny. Not even mildly humorous. It's just tedious.

There was no tension, no sense of danger looming.

Banter between the characters seems forced and often sounds juvenile

Dev Haskell, the main character, acts like a pubescent boy - leering and almost drooling over every pretty woman he sees - instead of like an adult. And every time he answers his cell, he tells us he can't read the numbers.

Faricy offers no clues or anything that provides even a vague sense of where this book is set until the fourth or fifth chapter. It's St. Paul, Minnesota for your information.

Early in the book, Haskell takes a grazing gunshot wound to his head but afterward, there is no mention of stitches, a shaved portion of his head, or a bandage. So either Haskell is an immediate healer or the people he interacts with are terminally blind. Blunders like that can destroy an author's credibility. Consider your credibility destroyed, Mr. Faricy.

And by the way, it's `beeline' not `B-line' and it's 'throes' not 'throws' of passion. Doesn't anyone use proofreaders anymore?

Several paragraphs and chapters in this download were double-spaced while the rest of the book was single-spaced.

The only good thing I can say about this book is that it was a free download.

I rated this book 2 stars but that's only because I didn't really hate it. It honestly did nothing for me.
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31 of 34 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!

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Russian Roulette
Very good book. The characters were all believable. The plot was extremely well written. I'd recommend this book. I'm going to read book 2 next.
Published 3 days ago by Karen Moody Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars Russian Mobsters Take A Hit
Dev Haskill is your stereotypical private investigator: he drinks too much; has sex too much; and has his head battered frequently, then gets it in the behind by a bomb blast. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Hank Lajoie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved the story linr, stuubling along---
Published 8 days ago by bobs
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book
Published 8 days ago by Barry Potter
5.0 out of 5 stars He becomes a target by the bad guy and gal
A well written novel. Our protagonist is a bit off-the-wall for a private investigator. He becomes a target by the bad guy and gal. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great series
I love these Dev Haskell books. This is the first, but I have read them out of order which does not matter. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Robert Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read
Having just finished a heavy military story in Afghanistan that although probably quite accurate and serious, This was a welcome change of Pace.
Published 20 days ago by GranStan
1.0 out of 5 stars can't give zero stars, else I would
What a waste of my time. This was a free download, but it wasn't worth the money. No ploy, no characters, and no good.
Published 21 days ago by Jobu
3.0 out of 5 stars I found little to like about him and by three quarters of the book ...
Although the Amazon blurb stated that this book zany and loaded with humor, I didn't find it. Dev, the main character, is a lush and womanizer. Read more
Published 23 days ago by S. Welch
5.0 out of 5 stars Through the alcoholic haze
This is a very funny private eye novel that had me laughing out loud on almost every page. A good looking girl meets our hero, Dev Haskell in his office, which is actually a bar... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Denniger Bolton
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More About the Author

The Dirty Lowdown called Mike Faricy America's hottest new mystery writer. Robert Carraher referred to him as Minnesota's Master of the Bizarre. Crime Scene referred to him as the next Carl Hiaasen. Crime Capers said; "Open at your own risk, you won't put him down." Under Cover wrote; "This guy is nuts and one hell of a lot of fun." The Irish Gazette referred to "The laugh a minute story lines of Faricy's deliciously engaging worlds."
All his books are stand alone, they can be read in any order. Faricy's novels are 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, Faricy's 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.
Reminiscent of the late Robert B. Parker, Faricy's tightly woven Dev Haskell series is penned with a delightful sense of humor and even some romance. Entertainment is the name of the game as back slapping, corner cutting, babe magnet Dev Haskell interacts with such quirky characters as ice cream mogul Mr. Swirlee, The D'Angelo brothers, local crime lord Tubby Gustafson, 'Fat Freddie' Zimmerman, former NFL tight end Luscious Dixon, exotic dancer Swindle Lawless, and gorgeous Heidi Bauer. The Dev Haskell novels can be read in any order.
Faricy's debut stand alone novel was Slow, Slow, Quick, Quick. He has also written five additional stand alone titles; Baby Grand, Chow for Now, End of the Line, Finders Keepers and Merlot.
Faricy also wrote the popular novella Irish Dukes under the pen name Jack Tunney in the wildly successful Fight Card series.
Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Faricy still spends part of his time in the saintly city as well as in Dublin, Ireland. Contact information for Mike Faricy is listed just after this shameless list of titles. Thanks for taking the time and be sure to tell 2-300 of your closest friends.
Dev Haskell - Private Investigator series: (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
Crickett: Case 8
Bulldog: Case 9
Double Trouble: Case 10
Twinkle Toes (a FREE short story)

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

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

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