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Desert Drop (Las Vegas Mystery Book 3) by [Kusler, Rex]
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About the Author

Rex Kusler was born in Missouri and raised in a small town in Iowa. Thanks to a lifelong fascination with mathematical probability and gambling, he enjoys spending his free time in Las Vegas and looks forward to retiring there. For now, he lives and works in the Bay Area of Northern California, seeking humor and fun in whatever he does.

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  • File Size: 636 KB
  • Print Length: 269 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (April 24, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 24, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006LMNFWQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,056 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Robin Wolfson VINE VOICE on April 6, 2012
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What a delightful little mystery. It really is nearly perfect. The characters are well-drawn, there's a fair dose of humor (someone gets hit by "a texting drunk driver"; when a character is told to be more proactive, he wishes he'd been more "pro-hesitant"), and best of all, the plot is one of those little gems that peels like an onion, with each discovery revealing more and more aspects of the crime or, as it turns out, crimes. The story starts out with a ransom phone call but quickly and steadily (very nice timing, by the way) expands to encompass larger and, ultimately, more personal crimes. And when Mr. Kusler brings the story back around to where it all began, I nearly wanted to applaud.

But even the best mystery needs more than a decent plot; it needs decent writing, and here Mr. Kusler hits a home run. His writing is spare and focused. Nothing is extraneous, nothing is superfluous, nothing is missing. Each step in the story leads inexorably to the next. It was instructive reading "Desert Drop," because I had just finished reading another crime novel, "Cloudland" by Joseph Olshan which contains scads of extraneous material (you can read my review at Cloudland). Plunging into "Desert Drop," therefore, was not unlike plunging into cool water after an hour in the sauna; Kusler's book is so clean and well-crafted that it renews the system wonderfully.

"Desert Drop" begins as a story about a kidnapping. The relatives of the kidnap victim do everything required by the kidnappers, but then things start to go wrong. Following the clues related to the kidnapping leads our detectives to another crime, which leads to another, which leads to yet another.
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Private Investigator Alice James recently found out she had a half-sister. Corina was born forty years ago when Alice's father left the family. On the verge of meeting her for the first time, Alice received a shocking phone call letting her know Corina had been kidnapped. The voice on the phone demanded a ransom from the women's father or Corina would die.

After the ransom was delivered and following detailed instructions for Corina's release were discussed, Alice and Jim drove to Lake Mead to pick her up. Unfortunately, the situation did not turn out the way they anticipated. When the FBI became involved, Alice and Jim began their own investigation to find out what happened to her sister.

Desert Drop is the third novel in the Las Vegas mystery series written by Rex Kusler. The author has created an unlikely and entertaining duo that fit well together although their ups and downs keep things interesting. Kusler has fit them together like two key pieces of a puzzle, interwoven yet with their own distinct personalities.

He keeps the plot interesting and the pace moving quickly forward without spending a lot of time on long discourses. The twists will have readers thinking they know what happens next, only to find a surprise from the author. This book is more than just a mystery; it is an entertaining thriller that will have readers longing for more cases from James & James Detective Agency.

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Alice James, a former police detective and current private investigator, fears she has lost her sister, Corina, again when she receives a ransom call.
A strange distorted voice claimed to have her sister and threatened Corina's life. The telephone call came on her sister's cell phone, which gave credibility to the threat. . She quickly enlists the aid of her partner, Jim , another former police detective.

Alice was abandoned by her father when she was an infant and had no contact with him for forty years. Her father, Leon Stapper, a billionaire industrialist, contacts her and arranges a meeting with her sister. Neither Alice not her sister, Corina Stapper, were aware of the existence of a sister. While traveling to the first meeting, Corina is kidnaped and held for ransom.

Desert Drop is the story of Alice James's search for the kidnapper of her sister. Alice must confront several perplexing questions: is her sister alive, who would wish to kidnap Corina, who would have reason to put either sister in this horrible situation?

The agreed upon ransom is only 150 thousand dollars, a small sum for a billionaire. Why so low an amount? Is the kidnaping really a ploy to hurt Leon Stapper? With such a low ransom demand, what are the real intentions of these criminals?

Desert Drop is a fast paced, suspense filled novel. The action is constant, filled with several plot twists, and the intrigue is intense. I recommend this book for anyone who likes a good mystery.
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I've been a Rex Kusler fan since I read Punctured (Las Vegas Mystery) and then Ashes to Dust (Las Vegas Mystery). I like the detective team of Jim Snow and Alice James (James and James Detectives). They work well together and are believable.

That written, "Desert Drop" is not my favorite of the series. The dialogue is a bit stilted at times; the plot line meanders around in the middle if the book and at times is predictable but finally comes together at the end.

Now, don't get me wrong - it is still worth reading. Character development is great, as always, and there are some compelling characters (good and bad guys) scattered throughout the book. There are some funny moments too (I loved the strip search sequence).

I rate this with 3 1/2 stars and I am rounding UP to 4 stars because I did like the book, just not as much as the first two in the series.
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