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- Book 1 of 9 in Las Vegas Mystery (9 Book Series)
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I looked at this book because of the witty promotional message the author posted on the Kindle Community. He announced a close out sale of his two ebooks that will only last until the current supply runs out.
I bought the book because it looked like it involved both running and poker. I've run marathons and play poker on line and in casinos. As it turned out, the plot doesn't include any actual poker play or significant running, but the author used these interests skillfully to flesh out his characters. The book also provides interesting looks at Vegas outside of the strip and downtown
Mr. Kusler writes with great wit. His characters are interesting and sympathetic. I especially liked the 85-year-old marathoner. The advice she gave the main character after learning of his training woes was very wise.
The plot is crisp and engaging. The author shows respect for his readers by not throwing in red herrings or gratuitous violence to keep things moving along. This book reminded me a little of Robert Parker, but with less wise cracking and macho posturing.
There was one formatting glitch. Every few pages, blocks of text would be indented for no apparent reason. Also, words were unnecessarily underlined for emphasis. Italics would have been better and no special emphasis best. I only noticed one distracting editing error - he used sited when he meant cited. Overall, the formatting and editing were excellent for an independent book.
I was pleased to read that Mr. Kusler's other book is very different. I look forward to reading it and am happy to know that he is not confining himself to one genre.
The storyline was reasonably well written - an ex-detective turned gambler helping his sister prove that she did not kill her husband. The requisite separation between his sister and her husband (he moved out to have an affair with a co-worker), and his sister's involvement with her neighbor flow well. Of course, the neighbor is also a suspect, as he may have been the last person to see the victim alive (with the exception of the person who killed him).
There are multiple stories in this book - that of the main character, Jim Snow, his sister Karen, and the vagrant Willie to name a few. Some are better presented than others, but the story does hold together, and the ending is not what one would expect.
A few too many slurps of coffee, a few too many intense descriptions of vehicles for my taste. More action and less description would work here, especially as this is one in a series of mysteries based in Las Vegas.
This is a quick read, enjoyable, with the promise of better books as the series progresses.
This is not a mystery with an abundance of blood and violence. The crime is solved without every bit of scientific data gathering and lab machine known to man. There is a perfect amount of well placed humor to be found in the pages of this tale. One will even find little snatches of subtle smiles hidden in unexpected places: "It was a few minutes after four p.m. on a Wednesday when Jim Snow, the lady and the tramp strode in through the front door."
Parts of Las Vegas that tourists would probably never see, are describes so well. It has one thinking of the area as a real place with real people living there. This is a Vegas that one does not see on CSI.
The editing was much better than I find in most independent works. There were just a few errors and none that made the reading difficult.
Please take the time to read this book - you won't be sorry. I plan to read Angela by Rex Kusler soon - even though it is not a genre I often read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Definitely not a page turner, almost gave up on it a few times, got this free with prime membership.Published 5 hours ago by Brenda Delrosario
This story has a few twists to it. Started out ok and just got better and better. I had trouble putting it down.Published 2 days ago by Daniel M. Strickland
A good read, I liked this book about an ex-detective on the Las Vegas police force who decided he was meant to be a professional gambler but can't quite quit being a detective. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Don Null
the writer is very good. I enjoyed the book very much. looking forward to reading more of his booksPublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Loved the characters and plot. I will read more from this author. A bit of good advice on life included for fun.
I tried really hard to like it. The story is interesting, but the writing makes it clunky and I was left scratching my head and most of the plot points and random action. Read morePublished 1 month ago by K-Dub
I liked this book, it was a quick read, not too complicated. I don't usually like mysteries but this was enjoyable.Published 2 months ago by dragonfly
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