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Publisher's Summary

It was supposed to be just another quiet evening. But some things just cannot be laid to rest.
Retired detective Michael Jakes is taking a much-needed vacation in a hotel he always wanted to visit. But when a body turns up and startles the guests, he wants no part of it. That is until a woman sits next to him and lures him in.
©2017 Roberto Scarlato (P)2017 Roberto Scarlato
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ray Johnson on 03-09-18

Everyday I'm shufflin' . . .

What happens when a detective meets a mysterious woman who bets him that he can't shuffle a deck of cards for five hours straight, and then forces him to solve a murder in that timeline? Pure magic.

Scarlato is an amazing narrator, but it seems that he is also an incredible author as well. Having first discovered Scarlato's talant as a writer with the unbelievable Pickpocket Frankie, I was very happy to give this book a chance. Man, I am glad that I did. This story plays out as one thing, but then swiftly turns out to be something completely different. As a fan of Pulp, I can certify that this has that pulp flavor. The story moves and flows swiftly, like a creek during flood season, and the way that the protagonist gets back at the mystery woman is pure poetic justice.

Once more, I shall praise his narration, and say that without question there is no one who could have performed this story better. Scarlato's narration style generally elevates whatever work he is performing, but he takes his own stuff to new levels. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review. So take my word for it, this is some fine fun writing.

This book plays out well for fans of noir, pulp, detective tales, and even paranormal stuff. If I had to, I could compare aspects of this story to Stephen King's Thinner (as Richard Bachman, of course) or even Raimi's Drag Me to Hell. The elements are there, it just might not play out like you'd expect.

This is an excellent story, I'd read it if I were you.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 12-16-17

Fun Quick Little Mystery

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This was a great quick listen! It was a fun little mystery that was wrapped up in just over an hour. Without spoiling it, I'll just say there were some unique little twists and shifts in the story that I enjoyed! It was perfect for a short road trip.

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