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The Color of Greed (Raja Williams Mystery Series Book 1) by [Thompson, Jack]
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Length: 199 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Book of the Month October 2012
A Classic Thriller – Review by Mike Smith

A few weeks ago I caught an old episode of the Rockford Files on one of the gazillion channels that we have these days and it took me back to the golden era of detective shows on TV: Ironsides, Columbo, Kojak. They don’t make ‘em like that any more … or do they?
The Color Of Greed isn’t going to win the Booker prize, but I don’t suppose the author, Jack Thompson, had that in mind when he created his private investigator, Raja Williams. The story’s leading man is a wealthy, Oxford-educated philanthropist of Jamaican descent who tells it like it is, but, underneath the blunt exterior, he wants to catch the bad guys.
Jack Thompson doesn’t stray far from the beaten track of the classic detective thriller: a rich heiress wants the death of her husband investigated but the police are denying that there was any evidence of foul play. Raja Williams takes the case – no payment required as he already has his own private jet and money to burn.
In running e-thriller.com I get to read – or at least start – a number of books that follow this proven formula, but The Color Of Greed is well-written, has a good plot and the dialogue works. And yes, we would all like to be Raja Williams with a private jet and the ladies falling at our feet.
Jack Thompson gives his readers what they want: a good plot with a central character painted in bold colours. Who loves ya, baby?!

From the Author

Q & A with Jack Thompson

Q: How would you describe this book?

The Color of Greed is a mystery thriller introducing Raja Williams, a private investigator, and his sidekick Vinny, a skilled computer hacker. Although the story starts as a simple murder mystery whodunnit, it quickly leads Raja into a multi-layered tale of intrigue. It's an old-fashioned detective story with current themes.

Q: What makes the Raja Williams series so popular?

It doesn't have the perverse, graphic violence or explicit sex that dominates too much contemporary fiction. It's good, clean fun.

Q: What inspired you to write the Raja Williams series?

I'm a fan of hard-boiled mysteries and wanted to try my hand at creating an enjoyable crime-fighting duo. I've always enjoyed the banter between two lead characters regardless of genre. I'm reminded of the Lethal Weapon series of movies. The character interaction sets the tone and carries the story.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3922 KB
  • Print Length: 199 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Crackerjack Publishing (July 23, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 23, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008OIB73E
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This is the first detective story I've read by Jack Thompson. It reminds me of the old time radio shows where the private detective comes to the aid of a woman; in this case, a recent widow. The author doesn't waste any words and neither does a good detective put his feet up on his desk. It's time for action, and that is what the novel offers. Detective Raja Williams speeds to the west coast at the call of new client, Clarice Hope. Her husband, Randy, had been found dead on the topside of his yacht that had drifted into a harbor in the dark of night. The police have no evidence of foul play, but Clarice is sure the he's been murdered. Vinnie is Raja's assistant and researcher who keeps him informed and supplied with techie equipment as if he were Agent 007. Right from the beginning of Raja's investigation, his pride and joy classic vehicle, 1966 Alpha Romeo Duetta, has the brake lines cut and careens off a cliff right after Raja safely bails out. Raja and Vinnie, with the support of the LAPD, delve deep into more deaths and political deception. An aggressive story for the reader to embrace. The story is 'catnip' for the readers who love detective stories. Detective Williams and Author Jack Thompson have achieved success.
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Jack Thompson's "The Color of Greed" is a very good book. Moreover, it is just a fun book to read. "Greed" is like one of those old gumshoe novels fastforwarded to the present. Let's just drop all of those silly inhibitions, guidelines and other useless obstacles and kick our feet up and enjoy a fine weekend getaway read.
The above being said, one might wonder why the 3-star rating dude? I only give out a handful of 5-star ratings. So, a 4-star rating from me is a very high rating, and a 3-star rating is still a very good rating. Furthermore, we can only give a whole-number rating. "Greed" was actually probably a 3.5-star in my humble opinion. (I am not published, Jack is, I have tremendous respect for this.) Also, the 3-star rating had nothing to do with the story content. And the 3-star rating should not deter anyone from reading this book, or any future book of Jack's. I know that I will be reading the next Raja Williams book when it hits the shelf. Enough said.
Raja Williams is Oxford-educated, comes from insane amounts of money, and is very interested in seeing that no one is taken advantage of in the legal system. In other words, that equal justice is available to all - no matter whom they are. Raja works for free, basically, he tries to work for expenses when he can, if he cannot, no matter. He has one of the world's best hackers at his beckon call for his side kick - Vinnie.
Clarice Hope retains Raja on this case when her husband, Randy, is found dead. The authorities are only too quick to chalk it up to a death by natural causes. However, Clarice is sure that Randy has been murdered. Raja agrees to take the case and immediately pursues leads to the West coast.
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Raja Williams is very handsome, very suave, and very, very rich. Women love him, cops love him working on their turf and cases. He has a private jet. Classic cars make splashy appearances. His gorgeous assistant Vinnie performs difficult, sometimes world-class computer exploits with total ease. Sorry, but I didn't care about or believe the characters, the dialog is forced and the narrative tends to explain rather than create, as well as wander off into obsession with female parts -- though the relationship with Vinnie remains chaste. Ian Fleming this is not. If I had to use one word to describe the writing, it would be "adolescent."
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Gripping ... Chock full of suspense and intrigue. The riveting conclusion, with it's shocking revelations, will leave you spellbound. I can't wait for the next book!
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The Color of Greed, Crackerjack Publishing, an e-book by Jack Thompson is one of his Raja Williams novels.
The protagonist, a man of multinational origin but most recently from a Caribbean Island family who became enormously wealthy, enjoys it all while indulging his hobby of solving unusual crimes. He functions from a home base in Clearwater, FL but is available worldwide and will answer a call at any time anywhere in the world.
A former client recommends him to Clarice Williams, a wealthy west coast woman who believes her husband has been murdered. She calls because the police have closed the case as being of natural causes, which she cannot accept. He flies out, meets Clarice, agrees with her premise and proceeds with the help of his faithful electronics/computer savvy, Vinny, to wade through a tangled web that includes a Governor, his aide, a retired judge, a wife and assorted others, all of whom have problematic life/career situations.
The story is well crafted and moves smoothly to provide pleasant entertainment. Reviewed by John H. manhold, award winning fiction/non-fiction author.
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Disclosure: I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Raja Williams is a private investigator hired by woman convinced that her husband's death was in actuality a murder flies to California to recce the claim amongst the elite some of whom are powerful enough to end the investigation, no matter the cost.

While I enjoyed this detective story, I did find that it included more than its share of cliches. The protagonist, Raja Williams is an highly-educated, independently wealthy loaner who appreciates the feminine form, fast cars and is apparently impervious to all harm. His side-kick is a gorgeous woman who accepts all his faults without question, is uber-tech-savvy, and despite her boss' admiration of breasts, booty and gams, is in a completely plutonic relationship with her boss. I would like to be clear that while it something that annoys me at a personal level, it doesn't detract from the story generally.

The story does offer some intelligent twists. I am rarely in doubt about 'whodunit' midway through a mystery. However, in this case I vacillated between a couple of characters until about three quarters of the way through and for that alone I give Mr. Thompson a great deal of credit.

The one suggestion that I would offer the author is his main character's language. For the first half of the novel, the language is sophisticated, eloquent and a bit high-brow, but I found that this lapsed a bit when the action got a bit excited. I wasn't sure if this should be interpreted as part of the character's make-up or if this was a slip by the author while typing these scenes and missed by the editor.
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