Synopses & Reviews
Edward G Robinson is in Las Vegas researching his new movie, The Cincinnatti Kid with Steve McQueen. Frank Sinatra puts him in touch with Eddie G., floor manager of the Sands Casino and friend to the Rat Pack who frequent it.
But rumour has it that Howard Hughes is also in town looking to buy a casino; and what Hughes wants he usually gets. Jack Entratter, the owner of the Sands tries to fight the takeover and sends Eddie G., to go and convince Howard Hughes not to pursue it.
Then, Entratter's secretary goes missing and Eddie G. is entrusted with looking for her, delving into the murky underworld of Las Vegas; a world he knows well . . .
"Las Vegas casino veteran Eddie Gianelli continues to reminisce about his adventures with crooks and celebrities in Randisi's entertaining ninth Rat Pack mystery (after 2013's You Make Me Feel So Dead). In 1964, Eddie G., a pit boss and problem solver for Sands Casino operator Jack Entratter, is asked by none other than Frank Sinatra to see that Edward G. Robinson, in town to prep for his poker-player role in The Cincinnati Kid, gets everything he needs. Eddie is also contacted by eccentric tycoon Howard Hughes for advice on investing in Las Vegas casinos. Meanwhile, Entratter's secretary, Helen Simms, has been found hanging from a ceiling pipe in the office restroom. Eddie manages to meet these challenges head-on and still find time to carouse with Frank, Dino, and the gentlemanly Robinson, in this breezy period romp. Agent: Dominick Abel, Dominick Abel Literary. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Randisi's light touch and sense of nice-and-easy swing keeps the plot moving in sprightly four-four time." Booklist
"A breezy period romp"
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"A breezy period romp" Publishers Weekly
Valued friend of the Rat Pack and Las Vegas casino manager, Eddie G. is tasked with persuading Howard Hughes not to force a takeover of the Sands Casino from Eddie's boss Jack Entratter. Then Entratter's secretary goes missing and Eddie G. must scour Las Vegas' underworld to try and find out what happened to her . . .
About the Author
Robert Randisi is the founder and executive director of the Private Eye Writers of America. He lives in Missouri.