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Nancy Niles is a native of Las Vegas who has traveled extensively by road from coast to coast and into Canada. She is a member of the Private Eye Writer's of America and has had numerous poems published by The International Library of Poetry. Her poem 'Red Cross Thoughts,' won an Editor's Choice Award. Nancy is a graphic artist and worked as an extra in the movie Con Air. "I love adventure and am always looking for new things to learn and new places to go. I created my main character, Tina Munroe with that same spirit."
on Oct. 29, 2013 :
Paul Faraday made a big mistake and he blamed it all on himself. He and his wife came to the city in the desert where he took a job as controller of the Desert Dreams Hotel and Casino and he had an affair with his secretary, Darla, causing his wife to storm out of their mansion furiously jealous.
Now Anna was missing; kidnapped.
He would not have the opportunity to make any more mistakes.
The kidnapper, a man calling himself The Fixer, saw to that. Paul and his wife were murdered in retaliation for another mistake Paul Faraday had made, one he didn’t even know about. The fixer was seeking revenge for his son’s death.
The fixer wasn’t done yet. He has a Vendetta.
Tina Munroe works catching cheaters at the Oasis Hotel and Casino. Between the hours she works at the steady Casino job she works for Bernie Phillips, a private investigator.
Her boss as the casino, Billy “Hutch” Hutchins is The Fixer’s next target.
Pulled by a sense of protectiveness over her old friend, The Fixer’s next target, Tina is drawn deeper into the mystery of The Fixer. Everyone becomes a suspect, including Lex Bruenner who Tina finds herself unavoidably attracted to.
As Tina gets closer to the truth she puts herself into deeper scrapes and those around her in greater danger, digging herself deeper into the darker underground world behind the Casinos and into The Fixer’s path.
The truth has to lie somewhere in the one thing Hutch and Faraday had in common, running casinos and living submerged in the gambling world. The question is whether Tina can find The Fixer’s identity before he kills her or someone else close to her.
At times Nancy A Niles’ Vendetta has the feel of the old style gumshoe, but with a big twist – the stereotypical private eye hero is a woman. You can’t help but like Tina Munroe as you find yourself rooting for her as you wonder how she’s going to get out of this jam she’s in.
Vendetta is published by Second Wind Publishing, LLC.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Jan. 28, 2013 :
Set in the glamor and glitz of Vegas, and its dark underbelly of danger and corruption, Nancy Niles’ Vendetta introduces a pleasing female protagonist in Private Investigator Tina Munroe. Equally at ease fighting off attackers and spotting gamblers cheating at cards, she promises to help an old friend and finds she’s bitten off more than she’d really want to chew as danger looms.
Tina's brother is a snooty detective who doesn’t believe his sister can do anything right. Her boss is a nice guy tied to a wounded past, and he goes missing. Meanwhile casino owners are dying. But which parts of the plot are connected, and who’s doing what to whom?
Firebombs, gunshots, car-chases and more abound in this exciting novel. Smoothly written, pleasingly descriptive with casino lights as vivid as scenes of desert mystery, and with the sort of fast action that has you waiting until later to ask why on earth did he let her do that? Vendetta’s a well-written thriller with great characters and more than enough background to fuel a series. I hope there’ll be more.
Disclosure: I was lucky enough to “buy” a free ecopy.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)