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Hey There (You with the Gun in Your Hand): A Rat Pack Mystery (Rat Pack Mysteries) Hardcover – December 9, 2008
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After rescuing Dean Martin in Everybody Kills Somebody Sometime (2006) and Frank Sinatra in Luck Be a Lady, Don't Die (2007), Vegas pit boss Eddie Gianelli and New York gunman Jerry Epstein reunite to save Sammy Davis Jr. in Randisi's breezy third Rat Pack mystery, set in the gambling hubs of Nevada (Tahoe, Reno, Vegas) in 1961. Davis, anxious to recover an embarrassing photo stolen from his home, hires Eddie to handle the exchange. When the transfer produces only a corpse, Eddie and Jerry end up in a lethal high stakes game with blackmailers, hit men, cops, federal agents and politicians—possibly including the newly installed president, JFK. Randisi shows both respect and affection for his historical characters as he highlights the antics of the Rat Park, who made the burgeoning gambling and entertainment empires of Nevada their playground. No doubt the Rat Pack could have used a real Eddie G. (Dec.)
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Eddie Gianelli, pit boss at the Sands Casino, has a reputation as the guy who knows everybody in 1961 Las Vegas. That’s why he’s become the go-to guy for Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Joey Bishop, otherwise known as the Rat Pack. The last couple of years he’s helped Frank and Dean. This time Sammy needs help. Someone broke into Sammy’s house and stole a roll of film containing a single intimate photo of Sammy and his wife. Sammy asks Eddie to handle the money drop to the blackmailers. Eddie brings in old friend Jerry Epstein, a surprisingly complex Jersey hit man, to back him up. The initial drop goes awry with no live blackmailers and one dead body. Is the threat to Sammy over? Not quite. The third Rat Pack mystery expands on the series conceit of legendary show business figures using Eddie Gianelli to help them avoid scandal. This time there’s a political slant, too, which adds a welcome seriousness to this heretofore breezy series. Plot, dialogue, and characters are all up to veteran Randisi’s high standards. --Wes Lukowsky
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It's no secret that I love these books, and this one is no exception. When I think I have things figured out (and I did feel pretty smug about this one), I find out that I'm not as smart as I thought I was. Randisi does an admirable job of weaving people and events of the times throughout his novels, and he evokes the era clearly in his descriptions. I'm totally hooked on this series and highly recommend it to anyone, but especially those with an interest in the heyday of Frank, Deano, Sammy, and the gang.
He has good well developed characters, and with short chapters it moves along at a nice clip, and has some nice twists and turns that keep you turning the pages.
I would certainly recommend this author and buy any new books in this series.
A book that is screaming out to be made into a series.
In HEY THERE, YOU WITH THE GUN IN YOUR HAND, Sammy Davis Jr. calls on the ever-dependable Brooklyn-born Eddie Gianelli, former street kid-turned-CPA-turned-Sands pit boss-turned-Vegas Strip Go To Guy for the Rat Pack. It seems that somebody has gotten ahold of an embarrassing photograph taken by Sammy, the kind of photo that could torpedo not only his career, but the aspirations of a Very Important Person who has just started his new job in the year 1961.
Eddie has tripped across more than his share of dead guys in the series so far, and here he trips across even more, but he's developing a real sang-froid in dealing with the stiffs, the cops, the strongarm boys, the celebrities, the pimps, the hookers, the con artists, and the other denizens of Sodom-in-the-Desert. This includes his demanding boss at the Sands Hotel, Jack Entratter, who he mostly keeps out of the loop in this particular tale. Part of Eddie's cool is his right hand man and friend, Jerry Epstein, a New York hitman par excellence, but a good bit of it is his own comfort in being able to move easily and unobtrusively between the seediest and glitziest that Vegas has to offer. Eddie has the town wired. No longer tongue-tied and star-struck, he's even able to cope with kissing Marilyn Monroe, and is becoming a truly effective fixer.
Just like Everybody Kills Somebody Sometime (Rat Pack Mysteries)and Luck Be a Lady, Don't Die: A Rat Pack Mystery (Rat Pack Mysteries), HEY THERE, YOU WITH THE GUN IN YOUR HAND is a light, breezy, and easy visit to the circa 1960 Las Vegas of mobsters, molls, guys and dolls, a sunny day beach blanket special. You might just strain your thumb and forefinger turning the pages in this quick moving tale, some chapters of which are measured in short paragraphs. Hopefully, Randisi will run with this series for several more volumes. By then, who knows? Maybe Eddie G.'ll be the Mayor of Sin City.