- Paperback: 356 pages
- Publisher: SPYGAME Press (March 3, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0974944688
- ISBN-13: 978-0974944685
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,689,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Johnny Casino Casebook 2: Looking for Johnny Nobody Paperback – March 3, 2013
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From the Back Cover
Johnny Casino is an ex-mobster turned private eye. He changed his name to escape his past, but what if his past was a lie?
As Johnny goes through these latest cases, he has a strange feeling someone is following him. When he finds out who it is, everything changes.
About the Author
A former private detective and a reporter for a small weekly newspaper, Gayle Bartos-Pool writes two detective series: the Gin Caulfield P.I. series (Media Justice, Hedge Bet & Damning Evidence) and The Johnny Casino Casebook Series. She has a collection of short stories in From Light To DARK, as well as novels: Eddie Buick's Last Case, Enchanted: The Ring, The Rose, and The Rapier, The Santa Claus Singer, and a delightful holiday story, Bearnard's Christmas. She is the former Speakers Bureau Director for Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles and also a member of Mystery Writers of America and The Woman's Club of Hollywood. She teaches writing classes: "Anatomy of a Short Story," "How To Write Convincing Dialogue" and "Writing a Killer Opening Line" in sunny Southern California. Website: gbpool.com.
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Once again, each case might be seen as a long short story or even a novella or mini-novella, though maybe they don't quite hit that length. And every story stands on its own, though it helps to read them in order since they do go through a progression in time. The interconnected stories - cases - is an interesting concept. One thing I particularly like about it is that, unlike in many detective novels, we see that Johnny has multiple cases and bounces from one to the next. Probably more like a real P.I., at least one who has business walking through his door.
Johnny still loves Old Hollywood. He spent his youth watching old b/w movies...and it shows. He sometimes sees the world as an old movie, as when "All the color drained from the scene and it looked like an old black and white movie."
I like the old movie and TV references, and everybody from Jim Rockford to Bonita Granville, the original Nancy Drew in the movies, make an appearance. Johnny even finds himself at the Motion Picture Retirement Home...where movie people go to die.
My favorite story in this collection is probably "The Snuff Dreams Are Made Of," a witty play on the line from "The Maltese Falcon."
Every picture tells a story and every story has a message of one sort or another. Johnny learns that "Crime doesn't have its own zip code," something that seems more and more evident all the time.
If you like the classics, Chandler, Hammett, et al, if you like the hardboiled detective genre, you'll love Johnny C. The real fun in the stories is tagging along with Johnny, a real "character" in every sense of the word. I look forward to Johnny's continuing adventures. And, as Pool - a former P.I. herself - says, each case has Johnny looking for something, he just doesn't realize he's looking for himself. A fun read!
Definitely a satisfying read.