- Paperback: 348 pages
- Publisher: SPYGAME Press (June 8, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0974944645
- ISBN-13: 978-0974944647
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,984,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Johnny Casino Casebook 1: Past Imperfect Paperback – June 8, 2012
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About the Author
A former private detective and a reporter for a small weekly newspaper, Gayle Bartos-Pool has one published book, Media Justice, and several short stories in anthologies, LAndmarked for Murder, Little Sisters Volume 1, and Dying in a Winter Wonderland. She is the former Speakers Bureau Director for Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles, and a member of Mystery Writers of America. She also teaches writing classes: “Anatomy of a Short Story,” “How To Write Convincing Dialogue” and “Writing an Opening Line” in sunny Southern California.
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G.B. Pool's Johnny Casino, in "The Johnny Casino Casebook 1 - Past Imperfect," certainly has an "imperfect" past as a Mafia hood, though he does seem to be trying to make up for it. Despite his checkered past, in his new life as a private detective in Hollywood he is a chivalrous throwback to the likes of Philip Marlowe, the Knight Errant. His background as a Mafia enforcer gives him the knowledge (read 'street smarts'), muscle and confidence to handle any situation. And yes, he's put that past behind him to become a private eye. Or has he?
But the past has a way of catching up to us, as we know. And Johnny's no exception. So on occasion he must use those old skills to solve a case. But he also knows when to put on the charm, as when his chivalry bubbles up with an aging actress. As Johnny says, "Putting out my hand, I took hers and for some reason I leaned over and kissed it."
Johnny Casino is a tough guy, very sure of himself - tough when he needs to be. Considerate when that's called for, as when on another case he charges another old-time actress $30.52, even though it's 2002, because that's what Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe would have charged way back when in 1939 when "The Big Sleep" novel was released.
The book has some comic relief and black humor as when Johnny says: "I love morgues. As an investigator I saw my share of dead bodies. Sometimes they were my clients. They usually don't pay when they're in that condition."
Johnny's also a guy who likes old movies; they became the family he wishes he'd had. And the Casebook is filled with old movies references, everything from "Bus Stop" to "The Godfather". From Darla in the old "Our Gang" shorts to Blanche in "A Streetcar Named Desire". Even Archie Leach.... As someone who loves old movies that was an extra added attraction.
Johnny has a couple of houses in the L.A. area, but lives in the one in a place called Logjam. I'd never heard of it so I had to look it up to see if was real. He's got a whole different life up there, above the smog and crowds of Los Angeles. I think he would prefer never to have to leave and go down into the muck and mire of the city.
And instead of being a novel with one single through line, the Casebook is just that - a series of interconnected stories, or cases, that involve Johnny. They jump around a little bit in time, but the overall flow moves forward and we see Johnny as he moves out to L.A. and tries to leave his past behind and become a detective. The Casebook idea works well here.
Johnny knows that "life isn't a movie." He also knows that sometimes "the truth doesn't fit the story." But in the end, there's something he doesn't know; a question still nagging at him: "Who the hell am I" he asks himself. And though we've been given some background and hints as to the answer I guess we'll just have to wait till the next Casebook comes out to find out more of the answers.
G.B. Pool is - or was - a real private detective, so she knows what she's writing about and it shows. She's given us a romp with a tough but fun character, who finds himself involved with interesting and quirky people on a variety of cases. And I look forward to Johnny's next casebook, both for his adventures and to find out more about him and to see if he answers the question he asks himself at the end of the book. Johnny Casino is a detective for our time. If you like Chandler and Marlowe you'll like Pool and Casino. Highly recommended!
This book gives you a taste of the mob mentality, old Hollywood, private investigators, and secret pasts, all with Johnny's sarcastic and engaging voice. Each chapter/novella delivers a cast of characters that spring off the page. The stories are the perfect length, wrapping up the individual cases but making you want to know what comes next for Johnny. I'm glad GB Pool tells us that there will be more cases in Johnny Casino's casefile; I for one am looking forward to reading more about him!