Death is a Crapshoot

Death is a Crapshoot book cover, author Maggy Anthony

A Hank Faro Mystery

Reno in 1949 was a hot town, legal gambling, quickie divorces, and legal prostitution just up the road. Gangsters there were, but keeping a low profile, until, from the past, from Detroit, come some guys to stir up the pot. It takes all Hank Faro’s resources as a small town P.I. to unravel the unholy mess created as the pot boils over in murder.

An excerpt from Chapter One:

“If some fortuneteller had told me my life would end in a hail of bullets on the streets of Reno, not far from the railroad tracks, I would have laughed at her and asked for my money back. I knew my P.I. job was chancy, but Reno is a small burg and the violent deaths only number one or two a year. Besides, I only did divorce cases and missing persons. What was the danger in that? After all, this was 1949, not the gangster-ridden Twenties or Thirties.

“They say, when you are dying, your life flashes before your eyes like a film, but my movie started at the point when the guy who called himself Jake came into my office a couple of months ago.”

Published for Kindle, March 2012
Available in paperback at Amazon

Reader’s testimonial:

I cannot put my Kindle down, I am obsessed with your book.  I am about 1/2 done.  My house is a mess, I’m late for things, and I don’t talk to anyone all day, all I want to do is read, I am soooo hooked, can’t wait for the next installment of Hank Faro. —Sue

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3 Responses

  1. A.C. Turman says:

    I agree! Hank Faro’s one cool guy, and Maggy Anthony’s personal experiences of a colorful young Reno really enrich her story. This fun mystery brings real Reno history, real Reno characters, and Reno’s own (I wish he were real!) Hank Faro to life. Can’t wait for the sequels — and the MOVIE! (George Clooney would rock this character. A girl can wish, can’t she?)

  2. Joyce says:

    I can’t tear myself away from “Death is a Crapshoot.” I’m nearly halfway through and it’s such a hoot being in old Reno. I get lost in it.