I know I’ve been out of touch lately. Summer has overwhelmed me. However, it hasn’t stopped my reading. I was offered Last Call by jd Seamus as part of my summer reading from Pump Up Your Book Promotions.
With his ailing wife and disabled daughter nestled in Florida, Jimmie’s bar family is all he’s got. They understand about the children’s charity balancing out the part-time smuggling job, that offshore accounts are necessary when medical bills aren’t covered by health insurance. When Jimmie reveals his own terminal diagnosis, his friends vow to help him recover the millions he has in foreign bank accounts. But somewhere between that promise and Jimmie’s death, things go terribly wrong. The money is gone, their friend is dead, and it’s up to this close-knit cadre to track the cash.
I would categorize this book as a character-driven crime novel. The author provides a colorful cast of characters reminiscent of your favorite mafia movie. There’s Fat Sal, Sal the Bookie (you get the idea), cops who are on the “edge,” lawyers using aliases, etc. There were many characters which sometimes got confusing, but the main ones, Nathan, Jimmie, Terri, Ray, Lou were interesting characters who drove the story. I really loved Jimmie. While a little “crooked” he was a great guy. He is the guy I always wanted to know after watching all the mafia movies in my youth. Not too good, but not too bad. I did enjoy the sense of loyalty and camaraderie between the characters in this book.
The story really picks up after Jimmie’s money disappears. The group of Jimmie’s friends that have appointed themselves to find his money is a motley crew. Their planning meetings are amusing and their attempts at justice are even more fun. There is definitely a comedic angle in this novel.
jd Seamus is an accomplished author. He is currently working on his sixth novel. The visit him, check out his website www.theseamus.biz
So, if this sounds like a novel you’d be interested in, I’m lucky enough to have another copy. The author graciously sent me two copies. To enter the giveaway, just comment and let me know who your favorite “crime” figure is. For another entry, tweet about this giveaway or mention it on your blog. You have until Labor Day when I pick the winner.