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About Paul W. Papa
Paul W. Papa is an award-winning author, having won the prestigious Next Generation Indie Book Award, with his book, Maximum Rossi. He is also a two-time finalist for the International Book Awards and a three-time finalist for the Best Book Awards, both from American Book Fest, as well as a finalist for the Indies Today Award. He is a full-time writer and ghostwriter of both fiction and nonfiction who has lived in Las Vegas for more than thirty years. It was there that he developed a fascination with the area and all its wonders while working for nearly fifteen years at several Las Vegas casinos. Something which inspired his book, Maximum Rossi. In his role as a security officer, Paul was the person who actually shut and locked the doors of the Sands Hotel and Casino for the final time. He eventually became a hotel investigator for a major Strip casino, during which time he developed a love for writing stories about uncommon events. When not at his keyboard, Paul can be found watching a classic crime noir film, investigating some old building, or sitting in a local diner eating a club sandwich and hunting down his next story.
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The Highwaymen, a group of grifters and conmen, have come to town and it is up to Massimo "Max" Rossi, the Sands Hotel and Casino's newest house detective to stop them before they hit. But finding a group that specializes in hitting quick and getting out fast isn't as easy as it sounds. Even if Rossi does find the Highwaymen and identify the leader, is he willing to help fill a hole in the desert?
Rossi is forced into a choice he doesn't want to make!
Drawn into a world of sex and drugs, where every move could be his last, Rossi must navigate his way out before it's too late. He's got to find the head of the Highwaymen, then decide how to stop them without sacrificing his morals and convictions. If he can't, there might just be two holes filled in the desert.
From the book
I removed my lid and placed it on the small desk, then I hung my suit jacket on the hook by the closet, and turned on the table lamp. Lizzie emerged minutes later clothed in nothing but her undergarments. She slid over to me and wrapped her arms around my neck. Then she kissed me. It was a soft kiss. A kind kiss. An inviting kiss.
She pulled back and smiled.
I put my hands on her hips. They were nice hips, soft and curvy, just like hips ought to be. They were inviting me as well. Inviting me to do things I had no business doing with someone I had no business being with. But there she was, standing in front of me, fiddling with my tie, wearing next to nothing, with perfect red lips, staring into my eyes.
2020 IPPY Bronze Medal Winner!
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He tried to escape his past, but his past came with him.
When a game of high-stakes poker turns into a boxing match, Massimo "Max" Rossi, the son of mob "fixer" Boston Rossi, winds up with more than he bargained for. All eyes turn to him when the police find his opponent, a hitman from Chicago, dead. And if that isn't bad enough, his only alibi--the dead man's girlfriend--is missing.
Now, if the cops don't get him, the mob will!
Rossi is in the struggle of his life, where every turn brings him closer to an untimely end. He's got to find the girlfriend before his time runs out. But in fledgling Las Vegas, time is an abstract concept, and people can hide almost anywhere.
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From the book:
She took a curtain in each hand and flung them open, holding her arms wide. It took her a moment to register what she was seeing. I suppose it would have taken anyone a moment. But when she did, she let out a scream. That's when the shots began. Tony pushed the cart out of the way and ran to Tina. He should have run faster, but his legs seemed only able to move at a turtle's pace.
He was yelling, but I couldn't hear him. I think I might have been yelling too, but I couldn't tell. As Tony leapt into the air toward Tina, I pulled my gun from its holster. It took minutes, or was it seconds, to get the thing in front of me and minutes more before I could pull the trigger. Tony had landed on top of Tina and glass was flying everywhere.
The man standing on the other side of what was left of the sliding glass door was holding something at his waist. Something that was spitting fire repeatedly. I tried to aim for the fire. I pulled the trigger over and over again until all I heard was clicking. But the fire was still coming. I tried to leap behind the sofa and that's when someone touched flame to my shoulder. I fell hard on my back. I would have gotten up, but the room went black.
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It was a case P. M. Mayer never should have taken--a rich developer found dead in his trailer, the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. But when a fancy man in a fancy suit strolls into your bar, tells you his partner would never have done the Dutch act, then lays five Cs on the table, it isn't scratch you can just walk away from. Now it's up to P. M. Mayer to dig deeper and find out who--or what--really sent the man to the big sleep. Only to do that, he must head down a dark road and face an ancient creature so gruesome, so terrifying, that the mere mention of its name is forbidden. In Las Vegas, the paranormal rules the night, and those who dare to enter don't always make it out alive.
Las Vegas Can Be Dark. Mayer is Darker.
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Mayer caught his breath for the first time since the cave. "What in the holy hell was that?" he said to no one in particular.
It was then that something hit the car from the side, strong enough to force Mayer off the road. As the occupants crashed into each other, Mayer quickly recovered and brought the Hornet back in line. Just in time for another hit to the side.
"What is that?" Cassi yelled out.
"The skinwalker," the shaman said matter-of-factly.
"You failed to mention it could outrun a car," Mayer said, just as a loud thud came from above them, then a scraping sound.
"It's on the roof," the shaman said.
"Ya think?" said Mayer.
The Hornet began to shake side-to-side, making it very difficult for Mayer to hold the road. The car's rear end fishtailed repeatedly, and at one point they were on only two wheels.
"He's trying to flip us over," Mayer said. He knew he couldn't keep the car on the road at this pace, and it was clear the skinwalker wasn't going anywhere. He thought for a moment, made a quick decision, then took action. As Mayer rolled down the window, he said to Cassi, "Take the wheel."
TWO MEN—A WILD STALLION—A PHOTOGRAPH THAT CHANGED THEIR LIVES FOREVER
ON THE MORNING OF JULY 12, 1945, as residents of Rawlins, Wyoming were waking up to an article about rounding up wild horses with an airplane, a palomino stallion was losing his fight for freedom at the hands of a wrangler known as Frank “Wild Horse” Robbins, the man featured in that article. Knowing a wild palomino was rare, Robbins sent for photographer
Verne Wood to capture the animal on film.
Forty years later, a question from a daughter to her father about that very photograph would set the man on a sixteen-year journey to find the truth. He would discover that Woods took a one-in-a-million photograph; one that won a prestigious contest, the winning of which set the horse—and the two men—on a rollercoaster ride toward destiny. As the photo gained fame worldwide—appearing in the Wyoming State Capitol, the United States Senate Chambers, the House of Commons in London, and the Canadian Parliament in Toronto—the horse became the star of a film nominated for an Academy Award. All while Robbins and Wood battled for ownership of the photo and its copyrighted name, resulting in one of the most unique Solomonesque rulings ever handed down by a court.
What started out as a passion, soon became an obsession to uncover the entire truth—or at least as close to the truth as any one man could come. With over 150 photos, Desert Dust follows Gill Gillilan’s investigation into one of the most famous horses in the American West. It is a story of highs and lows, victory and defeat, frailty and strength. It contains one of the most unique cast of characters ever assembled, including the stallion that ended up a supporting actor in his own life story.
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