Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Book Review: Muerte en Las Vegas

Title - Muerte en Las Vegas
Author - Jack Thompson
Series - Raja Williams series #5
Genre - Mystery
Published - March 29th 2016
Publisher - Crackerjack Publishing
Format - Kindle review copy
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Sometimes Justice Needs a Hand 

Murder and intrigue headline in Las Vegas. The glitz and glamour of Sin City hide a dark underbelly of greed and corruption. When an innocent falls to her death from the top of the Bellagio, Raja and Vinny are summoned to find out why. 

After Raja goes undercover at the casino and Vinny tracks down a drug operation the death toll mounts, putting them both in the crosshairs of a cold-blooded killer. 

Neither the dark, tragic anti-hero nor the James Bond super-hero type, Raja Williams is a wealthy Oxford-educated PI of mixed Caribbean descent who possesses a strong empathic power and a sixth sense for evil that gives him headaches and steers him straight into trouble. His partner Vinny Moore is a gorgeous hipster geek who prefers hacking computers to haute couture. 

Book five in the Raja Williams mystery series has it all -- murder, mystery, love and non-stop fun. As with all the books in the series, it can be read as a stand-alone novel or in sequence. 
I received Muerte en Las Vegas in return for an honest review from the author. When the daughter of a prominent lawyer from Colorado is found dead having fallen off the hotel Bellagio her murder quickly turns into a smear campaign to hide the truth. When Raja get’s the call he and Vinny head off to sin city to clear her name and find out what really happened. Arriving in Las Vegas reveals her death goes a lot deeper than just a murder but it’s involving drugs, a sheik’s nephew, political corruption and even human trafficking.

With Vinny taking lead on the case Raja infiltrates the hotel as a blackjack dealer hoping to gain a little more info about the blackmail and what’s really going on in the hotel. Things aren’t all work while in Las Vegas when Raja finds himself falling for a beautiful dancer who happens to work in the same hotel he’s undercover in. As Vinny works with the local cops she finds herself working hard to give physical proof to the cops what’s really going on since it’s all on her computer system. It’s when following the drugs that she finally gets the chance that she needed but ends up almost falling to her death. Raja also set’s up his own sting in the hotel but things turn horribly wrong revealing his true identity. Will the duo be able to clear Kristen’s name and bring the bad guys to justice?

I love Raja and Vinny they are by far my favorite detective duo. While Raja happens to be the main character it’s Vinny who’s evolved into more than just the computer girl as she takes lead with the detective at the police department. It was interesting seeing Raja’s roll as an undercover blackjack dealer he made the transition go smoothly. I love that both characters have progressed each getting better as the series goes.

I’ve been eagerly looking forward to diving into the newest Raja Williams novel since it’s the only detective series that I’ve been reading as it’s the best. Raja and Vinny while private investigators aren’t your typical duo they both bring unique gifts to the partnership and work well together. I can’t deny that I would love to see the duo in a romantic relationship but not if it would ruin the great work that they do. In this installment our duo has traveled off to Las Vegas catching the attention of a deep dark cover up in the Las Vegas underworld. Another fast paced installment that I had a hard time putting down, because I just had to know how it was going to play out. I really enjoy the way that Raja and Vinny work they are passionate about what they do risking their own lives just to get to the truth. This book has loads of action, suspense and enough mystery that I wasn’t sure how it was going to play out to the very end but it’s beautifully executed. Another brilliantly written installment in the Raja Williams series. I highly recommend that you check it out because the author is an amazing storyteller. I can’t wait to read the next one. 

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