Luck Be a Lady, Don't Die
A Rat Pack Mystery
By Robert J. Randisi
(Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312360436, 272pp.)
Publication Date: December 10, 2007
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Vegas, 1960. Gamblin’, drinkin’, and everybody’s misbehavin’.
Six months ago, while they were filming Ocean’s 11, the Rat Pack needed Eddie Gianelli’s help to track down the mug who was sending threatening letters to Dino. Now they’re back for the premiere and it’s Frank who needs Eddie’s help. Seems a babe he was planning to meet in Sin City took a powder---leaving behind her luggage and a stiff in the bathtub. She’s on the lam, and it’s up to Eddie to find her and figure out if she’s a victim or a killer.
Once again Eddie teams up with his P.I. buddy, Danny Bardini, and the Jewish New York torpedo, Jerry Epstein, who never met a pancake he didn’t like. Together they scour the neon streets, smoke-filled lounges, casinos, and seamy back alleys, dodging bodies and thugs with guns. But when Sam Giancana arrives on the scene, Eddie starts to wonder if he’s going to be able to keep himself out of jail---and alive.
Celebrity cameos spice up the action, and Mo Mo Giancana brings a dark presence to the story. Once again, Randisi, the man Booklist says “may be the last of the pulp writers,” gives readers a tour de force of bright lights, hot dice, and drop-dead-gorgeous dames in this second novel in the exciting, acclaimed series.
Robert J. Randisi is the author of the Nick Delvecchio and the Miles Jacoby series. He is the founder and executive director of the Private Eye Writers of America, creator of the Shamus Award, and the cofounder of Mystery Scene magazine.
"A terrific yarn. Sinatra would have loved it."--Larry King