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Nobody dies in a casino
Millhiser, Marlys.
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First U.S. edition.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.
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276 pages ; 22 cm
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Literary agent Charlie Greene has too much going on work and at home, between placating crotchety client trying to sell books during tough times, and dealing with her teenage daughter and widowed mother. So vacationing Las Vegas sounds like heaven to her -- until she witnesses murder on the Las Vegas strip. Then, the ante is upped when the only cop who hears her eyewitness account is killed in a "accident".Before Charlie's vacation is over, this complex and marvelously drawn case will involve corrupt casino owners and the henchman, a foolishly arrogant film director, a psychic gamble and an oddball assortment of characters obsessed with Area 5. All in all, it's Marlys Millhiser at her quirky best.

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Booklist Review

When female literary agent Charlie Greene travels to Las Vegas for a vacation, things are anything but restful. Millhiser's fourth Greene mystery finds the stressed-out agent desperately trying to play blackjack and avoid becoming involved in the several murders that have taken place around her. Millhiser juggles many subplots with ease, and the quirky cast of characters proves as entertaining as the mysteries surrounding them. Charlie and her boss, Richard Morse, both become involved--in different ways--with high-roller Bradone, an attractive and mysterious woman who wins big and lives large. Charlie's supercool client Evan Black becomes part of the action when his sexy pilot's hunky brother is killed--with Charlie as the only witness. To further complicate matters, back into Charlie's life waltzes Mitch Hilsten, the handsome actor with whom she had a brief love affair in an earlier adventure. Great fun, especially for fans of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum. --Jenny McLarin

Publisher's Weekly Review

Thirty-something Charlie Greene is a savvy Hollywood literary agent and a single mother who happens to be a bit psychic. She's also stunning enough to date actor/hunk Mitch Hilsten. But Charlie's real attraction is for trouble. In her fifth adventure (after It's Murder Going Home), Charlie hits the Vegas casinos for a working vacation with her boss, Richard Morse. During her first night on the Strip, she sees two security guards shove a man in front of an oncoming car, yet the police seem strangely uninterested in her testimony. Then the one officer who had listened to her turns up dead, and Charlie worries that she may be next. Meanwhile, her star client, screenwriter/director Evan Black, embroils her in an illegal visit to a high-security military installation (Area 51) and in a high-tech casino theft. Astrologer Bradone Mckinley, who once shared a lucky streak with Charlie, attempts to help, to disastrous effect. All of which leaves Charlie to dodge casino musclemen and government agents as bodies pile up around her. With so many plot lines, it's not surprising that the novel takes a while to get moving. Eccentric characters and wacky situations, however, as well as sharp descriptions of the tawdry luxury of Vegas, will keep readers entertained until the suspense kicks in. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Hollywood literary agent Charlie Greene vacations in Las Vegas to get away from daughter and mother, but witnesses a murder instead. Glitz, glamour, gossip and more: a happy selection for larger collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.