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An action-packed adventure with the interminably charming and witty Joe Milo and his Jamaican sidekick Jonah.

With his sophomore effort, Roberts (Kill City USA, 2011) pens another exciting mystery with a healthy serving of the supernatural. Milo is hired by a Russian woman named Olga to find her sister Avril, who is said to have special psychic powers and to dabble in séances and a bit of black magic. Avril has connections with Grigory Zeltin, a dangerous, powerful Satanist. In an ironic twist, Avril is found dead in Paris—though Milo is privy to the specifics, he’s not talking. His hopes of ditching Olga fade when she insists he continue gathering intel on Zeltin, whom she blames for Avril’s death and who is planning something very dark. In true Milo fashion, he raises the stakes exponentially by falling for one of Zeltin’s daughters, earning him a place at the top of Zeltin’s hit list; and, the fact that Jay—the original Kill City USA damsel in distress—is mixed up in it all, ensures Milo’s full attention. Written with great delineation and range, Roberts’ cast of diverse characters continues to jump off the page. Milo and the intimidating but softhearted Jonah are a dynamic duo. While Jonah volleys easily between lovable and hard-as-nails, Milo stays true, armed with a sharp wit, endless charm and a penchant for finding trouble. In addition to amusing dialogue and witty observations, Roberts manages to find ways to include his apparent love for movies, sprinkling mentions of his favorites along the way. Similar to his first book, where history on the Mafia was provided, this time the author edifies on all things satanic and includes an interesting history lesson on the Knights Templar.

 Another successful Joe Milo experience.

About the Author

Warren Roberts was born in New Zealand and has travelled to more than 70 countries, and has worked and lived worldwide with careers in banking, international trade and finance, television and publishing. He is also the author of Kill City USA and The Whore of Babylon. Warren lives in London with his fedora. thebellofgirardius.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Mean Streets Press (November 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957027125
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957027121
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,819,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Warren Roberts' second novel, The Bell of Girardius, his protagonist, English private eye Joe Milo is engaged by a Russian woman named Olga ("blonde, blunt end of her forties") whose younger sister has gone missing under suspicious circumstances. Olga's credentials consist of minty-fresh US hundred dollar bills enclosed in high class hotel envelopes. Her minder, Tanya is of indeterminate age but has a physique that could kick-start a London double decker bus.

Roberts' fast-paced, witty and literate narrative moves the action along as Milo's investigation takes him from London to Paris and back with side trips into espionage and the occult, bringing him face to face with corruption at high levels of British aristocracy and the secret intelligence establishment. He and his formidable Jamaican sidekick, Jonah, take on the psychic (and psychotic) leader of a satanic cult determined to make a human sacrifice on an auspicious date using the beautiful twin sister of one of the cult's high priestesses as the offering. In the climactic ritual scene Milo finds himself on the altar as well.

Once again, Milo's wisecracks come fast and furious, punctuated by Jonah's pointed repartee as they tangle with Albanian and Serbian heavies whose neck sizes exceed their IQ's. This time, Milo and Jonah receive backup from Milo's Miami partner, certain London police personnel, and other specialists who know how to skirt the boundaries of the law in the furtherance of justice. As you would expect in classic noir crime fiction, in the course of their adventures they also encounter beautiful women who find them irresistible.
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This is the second novel by Kiwi Warren Roberts, who lives in London. It reminds me of the classic Dennis Wheatley occult novels which I read in my teens. The novel's hard-core antagonists are part of a clandestine group, The Temple Of Baphomet, who derive their name and sinister purpose from the idol supposedly worshipped in secret by the medieval Knights Templar. In The Bell of Girardius, Milo and his sidekick Jonah get sucked into a supernatural swamp of ungodly European Satanists, together with a kaleidoscopic and sexy sidshow of colourful supporting characters. This book does what it says on the cover, being a deliciously dark novel. A real page-turner.
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As I am a fan of series, when I heard that Mr Roberts had penned another novel with Milo and Jonah, I thought I'd check it out. Yes, the boys are back in town. This time they have gotten themselves involved in with a satanic cult. Lots of allusions to mythology and to Catholicism--makes for an interesting read. Watch out if vulgar language offends you--there's plenty of that herein.
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the book was ok,
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I had read Kill City USA by the same writer and a friend who is right into these books offered me his copy of this one. Once again I was hooked by the story and I also got right into it. I decribe it as one of those 'in my dreams' tales of adventures which men fantasise about and leave you feeling well entertained at the end. And what's more my wife also thoroughly enjoyed it!
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