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Book 5 of 5 in the Hannibal Jones Series

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Hannibal Jones: Russian Roulette - And what a game it is Hannibal Jones: confident, sly, the thinking man s troubleshooter, faces off against the Russian mob, if only he can figure out who the players are and who s fighting whom... Russian Roulette delivers a whipsaw of a plot with more layers than a Vidalia onion.... Camacho gets it right with solid storytelling and compelling characters, all set in the off-beat neighborhoods of the Nation s Capital... Don t miss it! --Libby Fischer Hellmann, Author of the Ellie Foreman mystery/suspense series

An energetic mix of murder and international intrigue. Austin Camacho is a talent to watch. --JoAnn Ross, NY Times Bestselling Author of the High Risk Series

Hannibal Jones is no John Shaft wannabe. He stands on his own as a welcome addition to the ranks of the fictional private eye. --Robert J. Randisi, Founder, The Private Eye Writers of America

An energetic mix of murder and international intrigue. Austin Camacho is a talent to watch. --JoAnn Ross, NY Times Bestselling Author of the High Risk Series

Hannibal Jones is no John Shaft wannabe. He stands on his own as a welcome addition to the ranks of the fictional private eye. --Robert J. Randisi, Founder, The Private Eye Writers of America

An energetic mix of murder and international intrigue. Austin Camacho is a talent to watch. --JoAnn Ross, NY Times Bestselling Author of the High Risk Series

Hannibal Jones is no John Shaft wannabe. He stands on his own as a welcome addition to the ranks of the fictional private eye. --Robert J. Randisi, Founder, The Private Eye Writers of America

About the Author

Austin S. Camacho handles media relations for the Department of Defense and writes articles for military newspapers and magazines. His short stories have been featured in four anthologies including Dying in a Winter Wonderland and he is featured in African American Mystery Writers. He is the author of the Hannibal Jones Mystery series and the Stark and O’Brien series. He lives in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
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Product Details

  • Series: Hannibal Jones Mystery Series
  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Intrigue Publishing LLC (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979478847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979478840
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,632,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Austin S. Camacho is the author of six novels about Washington Dc-based private eye Hannibal Jones, four in the Stark and O'Brien international adventure-thriller series, and the stand-alone detective novel, Beyond Blue. His short stories have been featured in several anthologies including Dying in a Winter Wonderland - an Independent Mystery Booksellers Association Top Ten Bestseller for 2008 - and he is featured in the Edgar nominated African American Mystery Writers: A Historical and Thematic Study by Frankie Y. Bailey.

Camacho is also editorial director for Intrigue Publishing, a Maryland small press.
Camacho is deeply involved with the writing community. He is a past president of the Maryland Writers Association, past Vice President of the Virginia Writers Club, and is an active member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime.

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A guy walks into a bar, looks up and down the deli menu and he'd like a ham and cheese on rye and an open-faced detective. Bartender says the only rye he's got is in a bottle, but as to the open-faced detective? Hannibal Jones is right there in the corner, nursing a vodka and coffee...and several bruises.

"Russian Roulette" was my first brush with Hannibal Jones and the thing about the character that immediately struck me was his completely open and straightforward approach to a case. No Sherlock Holmes here folks, as Hannibal is not a master of deduction. If Hannibal wants to know something, he simply goes to the individual, tells them what he is about and asks for information. And while a couple of buxom manipulating dames are included in the tradition of any good detective story, he's no booze, broads and bullets dick in the style of Mike Hammer either. One could liken him, perhaps, to a steely black pinball with shades bouncing where his leads take him throughout the D.C. beltway and beyond.

That brings up one fun aspect of the story. You never know what interesting locations you might discover while searching out clues. After reading the story, I found myself wanting to check out a couple of the sites introduced therein. Another thing I discovered while reading "Russian Roulette" was that I really liked Hannibal Jones, so much so that I was willing to become invested in his personal life and get emotionally involved when both his girlfriend Cindy and Hannibal's relationship with her are threatened.

This was a good read, and one could deduce the mystery if reading carefully. Now that I have been introduced to Hannibal, I think that I'll go check out some of his earlier case files.

Chris Hober
Falls Church, VA
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My rating 4.75 out of 5

This is a fast paced, twisting mystery! If you like the Alex Cross series by James Patterson you will like this series as well!

The writing is tight and crisp with a tone perfect for a private investigator mystery. In addition to the solid mystery, the author does a wonderful job with background descriptions including details of the smells and sights surrounding Hannibal.

This was my first Hannibal Jones read but won't be my last. Although it is part of a series I found it was fine to jump into this book. It is a very good PI mystery thriller!

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In RUSSIAN ROULETTE, Austin S. Camacho's latest Hannibal Jones mystery, the thrills start on page one and never let up!
Hannibal is being forced to dig up the facts on a wealthy and well-connected Algerian who is set to marry the daughter of a deceased big wig within the Russian mob! Her old flame, Aleksandr Ivanovich (an enforcer for the same group of 'gentlemen') needs to know if his beloved will be cared for the way he thinks she deserves. To insure Hannibal's cooperation, Alexander gives an ultimatum: Protect the love of my life or lose yours! Given no choice, Hannibal sets out to get the information on a man who may not be at all what he seems!
All the while, Hannibal's girlfriend Cindy is unaware she is in any danger and is busy looking for her dream house she wants to share with Hannibal--but is he ready for that kind of commitment? Add in the fact that Cindy has a lot more money than Hannibal and his male ego may be getting in the way of his lifetime of happiness with the woman he loves. But before he can make any commitments, he has to save her life--without her even knowing about it.
In RUSSIAN ROULETTE, Hannibal gets to do what Hannibal does best--kick butt and take names--and he never even gets a scratch on those signature Oakleys!
This is hands-down and by far the BEST Camacho novel YET! The pacing is fast, the action is heart-pounding and Mr. Camacho's word choice is sublime! The pictures he paints with words are worthy of the term MASTERPIECE!
If you're only going to read one thriller this year--make it RUSSIAN ROULETTE, but read it TWICE!
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Austin Camacho's Russian Roulette, the fifth book in the Hannibal Jones mystery series, is a hard-boiled detective novel about a D.C. troubleshooter who is coerced by Russian assassin Aleksandr Dimitri Ivanovich into taking a case. As Hannibal investigates the background of a wealthy African businessman for his client, blackmail plots, scandals, Russian mob money, and several dead bodies litter Hannibal's path.

Hannibal's mix of toughness and vulnerability make him sympathetic to the other characters around him. The relationship between Hannibal and Ivanovich develops into an uneasy partnership as Hannibal continues to search for the truth even after he was released from his obligation.

Camacho juggles a fairly large cast of characters, all with realistic motivations and personality quirks. He is a master at painting characters with details that leave you feeling like you know them personally. Here's how he describes Hannibal's person of interest Dani Gana: "He was aggressively handsome, wearing a day's growth of beard and the kind of self-possessed smirk that women are drawn to and men want to slap off any face they see it on."

Camacho lives in northern Virginia and it's obvious that he knows the Washington D.C. area. You can track Hannibal Jones's movements with a street map as he drives to Rock Creek Park, to Wisconsin Avenue and Connecticut Avenue up to Rockville, to the corner where Florida Avenue crosses Connecticut at the Russia House, to Roosevelt Island. You can just see jam-packed roadways and sense the frustration of trying to find a parking space around Dupont Circle. It's right on target!

The book's strengths lie in its solid pacing and many creative plot twists and turns that wind up with a surprising ending. This book keeps you wondering who did it. The main suspect changes often.
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