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Title:
Lucky stiff
Author:
Coonts, Deborah.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Forge, [2011]

©2011
Physical Description:
364 pages ; 25 cm
General Note:
"A Tom Doherty Associates book"--T.p. verso.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780765325440
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Lucky O'Toole--Head of Customer Relations at The Babylon, premier mega-resort on the Vegas Strip--thinks it's just another night in Las Vegas. A tractor-trailer has spilled its load of a million honeybees, blocking not only the Strip but the entrance to her hotel... the District Attorney for Clark County--apparently the odd man out of a threesome on the twelfth floor--is hiding in the buff in one of the hotel's laundry rooms... and Numbers Neidermeyer--one of Vegas' less-than-savory oddsmakers--is arguing with Las Vegas' ace private investigator, the Beautiful Jeremy Whitlock.

The next day, Lucky discovers Ms. Neidermeyer was tossed into the shark tank at the Mandalay Bay Resort as a snack for the Tiger Shark. When the police show up at the Babylon with a hastily prepared search warrant, applied for by the District Attorney himself, and Jeremy lands in the hot seat, Lucky realizes her previous night was far from routine.

Amid the chaos of fight weekend, the hiring of an eccentric new French chef, and her madam mother's intentions to auction off a young woman's virginity, Lucky is drawn into a deadly game where no one is what they seem, a game that will end only when she discovers who made fish-food out of Numbers Neidermeyer.

Lucky O'Toole and Fabulous Las Vegas--life doesn't get any better.


Author Notes

Deborah Coonts is the author of the Lucky O'Toole Las Vegas Adventures published by Forge Books.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* With a mother who runs a bordello, a boyfriend who's a female impersonator, and a job as a problem solver for her father's luxurious Babylon Resort and Casino, Lucky O'Toole is quintessential Vegas. Rounding up a swarm of bees that escaped from an exhibit and helping district attorney Daniel Lovato, who is stranded naked in a hotel closet, are all in a day's work. But Lucky's life gets even more complicated when Evelyn Wabash Numbers Neidermeyer is dumped into Mandalay Bay's shark tank. Numbers was last seen alive at the Babylon, and worse yet, Lucky's good friend Jeremy Whitlock, an ace private investigator, is the prime suspect. Fast paced, witty, and full of colorful characters, Lucky Stiff is a sure bet to be a readers' favorite. Although this works as a stand-alone novel, Coonts' hilarious tale, so full of delicious details you can almost hear the slot machines, is actually the second book in the Lucky O'Toole series (Wanna Get Lucky? 2010). Libraries will definitely want both titles.--Mosley, Shelley Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Very much in the spirit of Carole Nelson Douglas's Midnight Louie mystery series (sans talking cats), Coonts covers similar Sin City territory with a dash of CSI and Janet Evanovich in her second glitzy, lighthearted novel featuring Lucky O'Toole, the head of customer relations for the Babylon, "the most over-the-top resort/casino on the Las Vegas strip" (after Wanna Get Lucky?). Early one morning at the Babylon, after dealing with a honeybee invasion, Lucky happens on PI Jeremy Whitlock quarreling with notorious oddsmaker Evelyn Wabash "Numbers" Neidermeyer. Hours later, Numbers's remains turn up in the shark tank of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, and Jeremy becomes the prime suspect in her murder. Meanwhile, Lucky's madame mother plans to stage a "virginity auction" at her brothel, and Lucky's songwriting lover, Teddie Kowalski, heads to L.A. for a recording deal. Amid all the flashy Vegas fun, some readers may notice that the action's awfully familiar. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

In an ironic twist, loan shark Numbers Neidermeyer's body is found in a shark tank in a Vegas casino. Everyone, it seems, wanted Numbers dead, and soon Lucky O'Toole (Wanna Get Lucky?), customer relations pro at the Babylon, is drawn into the case. She was one of the last people to see Numbers alive, and one of her best friends is the primary person of interest. Other lively subplots include Lucky's mother, a Vegas madam, auctioning off a young woman's virginity; Lucky's boyfriend being offered a music deal that will result in a long tour; and a top Mafia godfather asking Lucky for a favor she can't refuse. VERDICT Watching Lucky navigate the dangerous shoals of the male-dominated world of gambling is a delight. Las Vegas is the perfect setting for this witty tale of misdirection and larger-than-life characters. Fans of J.A. Konrath's Jack Daniels series will love this. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.