LUCKY BASTARD (Lucky O’Toole series #4) by Deborah Coonts
352 pages, hardcover
Available now (May 2013)
Publisher: Forge Books
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review
Lucky O’Toole, the newly promoted vice president of Customer Relations for the Babylon, Las Vegas’s primo Strip property, has never met a problem she couldn’t handle. But when a young woman is found dead, sprawled across the hood of a new, bright red Ferrari California in the Babylon’s on-site dealership, a Jimmy Choo stiletto stuck in her carotid, Lucky’s skills are maxed out.
Of course her life is already on overload. Her mother, Mona, is pregnant, hormonal, and bored — a triple threat. A song that Teddie, Lucky’s former lover, wrote for her is getting national airplay as he hits the talk shows, pleading for her forgiveness. Lucky is less than amused by the high-powered “infotainment” spotlight on her personal life. She’s having enough trouble fending off Chef Jean-Charles Bouclet, the Babylon’s tasty new dish. All of this and The Smack-Down Poker tournament, the second-largest poker tournament in the world, is holding its final round at the Babylon. Hookers, thieves, players, cheaters, media, and hangers-on descend, looking to win or to score.
When one of the players turns up dead, Lucky starts to make connections between the two murders, putting her in the crosshairs of the killer. After a revelation by someone close to her sends her world reeling even further, Lucky struggles to keep her life in balance, and a murderer from killing again as bodies pile up. Then, just when she’s losing control… life deals another major complication to her personal life… and it’s not going to be pretty. Lucky struggles to keep her life in balance, and a murderer from killing again as bodies pile up.
To be honest, I stood up my date the first time around and for that I apologize. I’ve been a massive flake this past month but finally, I’m getting my act back together so Lucky’s finally getting the dates she deserves.
First Date: I’ve always enjoyed a good mystery. Throw in some sarcasm and a ton of dead bodies and I’m totally there. Lucky is my idea of a good time.
Second Date: Lucky’s turning out to be a bit of a sad sack. She’s had some rough times (previous books, previous men and all that) and there’s a lot of introspection, inner dialogue and self-recriminations going on throughout this story. Understandable but I really just wanted to get the girl drunk and go ogle hot men with her.
Third Date: Despite her ongoing pity party, Lucky’s really a good time. She’s got a bunch of interesting characters surrounding her (always good when you’re a casino troubleshooter), she’s always neck-deep in some sort of trouble (much like Stephanie Plum in Janet Evanovich’s series), and there’s plenty of Las Vegas nuttiness to round out the story and make it enjoyable.
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