The Death of a Boookie
No one had seen anyone or heard a sound when the body of Louis-the-snake Billings, the number one bookie in Hollywood, was dropped on the floor smack in the middle of Jacob Schreiber's office, a private detective.
Law enforcement agencies believed Tony Padilla had snuffed out Louis Billings. Jacob Schreiber did not. Could he prove it?
Information from a former client helps Jacob uncover a national security flaw. The FBI and the private eye bring an end to the smuggling of military weapons to foreign agents.
As a little league coach, Jacob found that time spent with children always brought him back to the real values in life. A young mother with a 9-year-old son led him to the beginning of a romance that would not last.
Being a former Marine, Jacob Schreiber never gave up. He solved crimes in a way that made him friends on one side and many enemies on the other.
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By Mario S. Fedele (Canada) - See all my reviews
Author of "Stories for a Stormy Night, Vol. 1"
"The Bookie" by Guy Verreault is a fascinating book.
From the moment the body of a bookie, Louis 'The Snake' Billings, is found in the office of Jacob Schreiber, a private investigator, the reader is drawn into a story of intrigue and mystery.
Who killed the bookie?
Was it his wife, Helen, who arranged the murder to avoid messy divorce proceedings?
Or was it 'Black Jack' Tony Padilla, a Mafia head, who ordered the hit because he'd caught the bookie skimming money from the 'family' operations?
Apparently, someone is not happy to see Jacob investigating the case. So he finds his tires slashed with a threatening note attached. When this fails, several attempts on his life are made to scare him off.
But Jacob, an ex-marine, does not frighten easily.
And so he continues his investigation more determined than ever to solve the case.
Unfortunately, matters grow in complexity as more dead bodies keep popping up, and as Jacob uncovers a plot that threatens the security of the nation, itself.
Jacob is fortunate to have a strong liaison with the LAPD through a Lieutenant Jones and with the FBI in the person of Mr. Trickten. But will such connections help him when he comes face to face with the mob itself?
Can Jacob Schreiber rise to the challenge?
Read on to find out. The ending is sure to surprise.
"The Bookie" is a most captivating story, which is very difficult to put down.
Mr. Verreault presents Jacob with a barrage of cases that are woven intricately together and which keep the action moving forward at a hair-raising pace.
This leaves the reader always wanting to know what comes next and so makes for a compelling reason to read on.
Adding further to the allure of the story is Mr. Verreault's writing style. His prose flows easily and his dialogue is natural and crisp.
"The Bookie" is a story that will delight, and I highly recommend it.
About the Author: Guy Verreault (pen name Guy Beaulieu) was born and educated in Québec City. A former journalist, radio talk show host and hostage negotiator team member, this current Canadian Citizen is fluent in English and French. He draws heavily on the incidents and experiences of his past to create entertaining novels. Although he writes fiction, many of his novels reflect factual incidents and experiences of the past. A resident of Southern California for fifteen years, Guy now lives in Cobble Hill, British Columbia, Canada.