Monday, April 30, 2012

A smoke filled room, piano music and a hat, that is the world of PI Dev....

About the author via Amazon:
Mike Faricy is the award winning author of mystery suspense thrillers woven together with a rich strain of humour and even some romance. He and his wife live in Saint Paul, Minnesota and Dublin, Ireland.
His entertaining tales are populated with the sort of quirky, oddball characters we'd all like to know more about, but wisely prefer to keep at a distance. They serve not so much as examples as they do warnings to the rest of us. None of his characters will be saving the world from terrorism, international banking conspiracies or coups to topple the government. Rather, they're individuals inhabiting a world just below the surface of polite society. The difficulties they find themselves in are usually due to their own bad decisions, but then, bad decisions make for interesting tales.
All of his books are stand alone, read them in any order you wish. Russian roulette introduces the bizarrely devilish Devlin Haskell as a PI with a foot on both sides of the law. Dev's adventures continue in Mr. Softee and the soon to be released Bite Me. Mike is currently working on his latest top secret project. He graduated High School from St. Thomas Academy and earned a BA in history from St. Norbert College.
Book blurb via Goodreads
No one is surprised when dysfunctional PI Devlin Haskell ends up in bed with his latest client. But, he hasn't the foggiest notion she's just signed him up with the Russian mob. Their 'special' relationship quickly finds Dev at odds with local police and an FBI task force investigating human trafficking. In the process he places a foot firmly on both sides of the law. He's shot, beaten, car bombed, and used as a human shield, all in the name of justice, at least as he sees it.

An entertaining tale of rank ineptitude and one night stands. Russian Roulette is another fast paced, engrossing read from the Master of the Bizarre, Mike Faricy

My review
When Mike asked me to review his book I was excited.  I have worked with him but have never read a book of his.  So it should be no surprise that I read his book in a day. 
Dev, PI extraordinaire, ahm, no, actually he is not.  Dev is really not a very good PI.  His long term plans runs only a few hours longer than his short term plan.  His short term plans include getting drunk or even more inebriated than he is at the moment.  His long term plans include trying to get “hooked up” with women for the night.  He runs his office out of an assortment of bars and conducts his interviews on the same level as a bar man.  But in this lies his charm.  He keeps referring to his charm but little of this is visible.  He is however a loyal friend, stubborn as can be and smart.  Yes, he really is smart.  Smart enough to make money from his business, smart enough to connect the dots.  In Russian roulette he finds himself in a position where he needs to fall back on his smarts and his street smarts to work out if the Russian roulette game he is playing is in or against his odds.
It has been a very long while since I last read a detective who’s done it novel.  Mike manages to make Dev a likeable character for which I ended up rooting, yes even pertaining to his love life.  The book is fast paced and fun.  The policing procedures seem realistic and the end leaves you gasping for breath.
I give this book a 7 *** *** * rating.  I really enjoyed reading it and hope to read another Mike Faricy book by the end of May. 

On Amazon
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