Monday, February 15, 2010

Luck be a Lady, Don't Die

Title: Luck be a Lady, Don't Die

Author: Robert J. Randisi

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

Copyright Date: 2007

Print Date: December 2007

ISBN: 9780312360436

Pages: 262

Series: 2nd in the Rat Pack mystery series

Note: The cover of the copy I read actually has a quote in the upper left corner.
"A Terrific yarn.
Sinatra would have loved it."
Book Description (from dust jacket):

Vegas, 1960. Gamblin', drinkin', and everybody's misbehavin'.

Six months ago, while they were filming Ocean's 11, the Rat Pack needed Eddie Gianelli's help to track down the mug who was sending threatening letters to Dino. Now they're back for the premiere and it's Frank who needs Eddie's help. Seems a babe he was planning to meet in Sin City took a powder — leaving behind her luggage and a stiff in the bathtub. She's on the lam, and it's up to Eddie to find her and figure out if she's a victim or a killer.

Once again Eddie teams up with his P.I. buddy, Danny Bardini, and the Jewish New York torpedo, Jerry Epstein, who never met a pancake he didn't like. Together they scour the neon streets, smoke-filled lounges, casinos, and seamy back alleys, dodging bodies and thugs with guns. But when Sam Giancana arrives on the scene, Eddie starts to wonder if he's going to be able to keep himself out of jail — and alive.

Celebrity cameos spice up the action, and Mo Mo Giancana brings a dark presence to the story. Once again, Randisi, the man Booklist says "may be the last of the pulp writers," gives readers a tour de force of bright lights, hot dice, and drop-dead-gorgeous dames in this second novel in the exciting, acclaimed series.


I've been looking forward to reading this one. I love the song Luck be a Lady, I enjoyed the first book, and I like the feel of this kind of book.

While I was reading the story, I kind of saw it in black and white with flashes of bright color. Kind of because I'm not really a visual reader (that's why I'm not big on lengthy descriptions). At other times I found myself recalling locations I saw when I visited Vegas and trying to imagine what it might have looked like 50 years ago.

Anyway, I hope to read the 3rd book fairly soon.

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