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Desert Drop (Las Vegas Mysteries) [Audiobook] [MP3 CD]

Rex Kusler , Joyce Bean
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Book Description

24 April 2012 Las Vegas Mysteries (Book 3)

Private investigator and former homicide detective Alice James was just six months old when her father, Leon Stapper, abandoned his family. Forty years later, Alice has convinced herself she’s over it—until her half sister, Corina, calls her up and wants to meet. But before Alice and Corina can get acquainted, everything goes terribly, tragically wrong. Determined to uncover the truth behind what happened to her sister, Alice calls in reinforcements: Jim Snow, her partner in Las Vegas’s James & James Detective Agency who knows a thing or two about family drama. Their investigation takes them from Sin City to Silicon Valley, where Alice and Corina’s father reigns as a high-tech CEO. As Alice and Jim dig for clues, they find that Leon’s best friend and attorney Ron Bale took a very personal interest in Corina. Not to mention the fact that he used to be married to Leon’s ex-wife—until she vanished without a trace. Alice is convinced that if she and Jim can uncover the truth about the missing wife, they will discover what happened to Corina. But first, they will need a little help from some old friends.

Smart, sharp, and entertaining, Desert Drop is the third installment of Rex Kusler’s Las Vegas Mystery series.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product details

  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Corporation; MP3 Una edition (24 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455886440
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455886449
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

More About the Author

Rex Kusler was born in Missouri and raised in a small town in Iowa. His writing began with a newsletter for a beer club he founded in San Jose in 1982. Soon afterward he tried his hand at short stories. After success selling some of them to a few regional magazines he began writing novels. Seven years, four novels, three agents, and a pile of rejection letters later, he gave up--for a while. In 2003 he wrote ANGELA. In 2009 he completed the first novel in his Las Vegas Mystery Series PUNCTURED, based on his experience selling his trailer for cash in an RV storage lot after dark. After success as a self-published e-book, it was re-released in May 2011 by Amazon Publishing. The second in the series is ASHES TO DUST, followed by DESERT DROP, and many others.

Chronology of the Las Vegas Mystery Series:

Snow Adrift (Las Vegas Mystery #1) June 2009
Punctured (Las Vegas Mystery #2) Oct 2009
Ashes to Dust (Las Vegas Mystery #3) Sept 17-23, 2010
Desert Drop (Las Vegas Mystery #4) Sept 24-Oct 7, 2010
Smashed (Las Vegas Mystery #5) Mar - Apr, 2012
Sinker (Las Vegas Mystery #6) Aug, 2013

Note: Snow Adrift was written and released after Desert Drop, but it takes place before all the other novels in the series. Each novel stands on its own, so it isn't necessary to read them in order.

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About the Author

Rex Kusler was born in Missouri and raised in a small town in Iowa. Thanks to a lifelong fascination with mathematical probability and gambling, he enjoys spending his free time in Las Vegas and looks forward to retiring there. For now, he lives and works in the Bay Area of Northern California, seeking humor and fun in whatever he does. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Customer Reviews

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Desert Drop ( Mystery ) 11 April 2012
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I enjoyed this book, it only took a few hours to read and would be great for a car or train journey, Its not a book you have to think to much about, as there's no horrific story line, no huge plot to remember. Its a pretty tame storyline and the story is set around Alice, who has found out she has a half sister, who has been kidnapped and its up to her and James,(the other half of James and James the investigators), to workout the why's and where's. The book has some funny moments and is well worth a read, however if your into blood and guts then perhaps this ones not for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The James Duo Strike Again 29 Mar 2012
By H. S. Hallam VINE VOICE
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Another fast-moving story from the James and James detective agency, this time solving a crime near to home and family. While I found the story enjoyable and easy to read, I found that some of the characters didn't ring true. Surely even baddies would hide their true feelings under a sad facade? Too many descriptions of inappropriate smiling and laughing - you'll see what I mean when you read it. However, don't let that put you off, as you'll enjoy the story if you ignore that. I will still look forward to the next one. Another little thing that does annoy me, though, which is a fault with many publishers - too much information on the back cover as to what's in the book. For heaven's sake, once I've read that, I hardly need to read the book! Less is more, guys!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars another winner from Rex Kusler 19 Mar 2012
By ratscat13 VINE VOICE
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The latest adventure of the James and James Detective Agency.

Alice James and Jim Snow are off on another wild and wacky adventure in Las Vagas (they could only make em that weird there!).

This time Alice discovers she has a half sister but before they have a chance to meet her half sister is kidnapped for ransom and it's down to Alice to talk to her dad about the ransom and for Jim and Alice to make the drop.

As usual for this pair nothing can be straightforward and they they end up looking into a mystery that takes them across Vegas and into some strange characters lives.

As easily written and read as the others and just as comical (not that I think all of it is intentional!) I love this series of books and am always happy to have another one to read.

They take no effort to finish (I polish them off in one sitting of a couple of hours) but for some slightly far fetched PI adventures then this is a series well worth a read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fun light detective story set in Las Vegas 23 April 2012
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This is the second of these books I have read. Again it was a good light detective read, not too much blood and gore. It shows an interesting alternative side of Las Vegas to the one Tourists see.
I like the main characters, and in this story Alice ends up investigating what has happened to her own long lost half-sister.
Unfortunately I did guess part of the plot pretty much from the first. It is the third in the series, and I wondered if I had missed some crucial background because I hadn't read the second one.

It is a good read, ideal for holidays.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Jessemessy 17 Oct 2013
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This has to be the worst "detective" book I have ever read. All the characters were paper thin - I could not care less about any of them. The 'plot' as such was boring and inevitable so no suspense there! The writing was just awful: he said, she said, etc.! All in all a very disappointing read. Read to the end just to be able to justify a review. Would certainly not recommend. Can you introduce a '0' review level because this deserves it!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring and badly written 21 April 2012
By ~The Bookworm~ VINE VOICE
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The cover looked great, the back jacket synopsis sounded exciting in a Janet Evanovich way, and I was so looking forward to a suspenseful page turning read. What happened??

This was boring and badly-written with no suspense, flat and lifeless characters, little plot, and a "spot it a mile off" denouement. I wanted to like the feisty-sounding Alice James and her sidekick, but there was nothing to make me care. The dialogue was stiff and stilted.

All-in-all this read like a self-published book (of the slightly better than usual variety) but still self-published so therefore possibly lacking any editorial input. The author has had a good idea, and there's probably potential here, but this is poorly-executed and disappointing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book in the series 27 Jun 2014
By Kent
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Really loved this book. The plot was really good & makes you just want to read & read till you find out everything.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good 28 Jan 2014
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I must admit I did not expect much from this book and bought it as it was 1 but I was pleasantly surprised and found it an interesting and worthwhile read. I will be looking out for more books from Rex Kusler who was a new author to me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Not what I expected, but I did like it. My husband enjoyed it more than I did, and he keeps pinching my Kindle.
Published 9 months ago by Flossie
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting twist
Interesting characters set in an interesting environment with a quirky twist or two, a very entertaining an easy book to get in to.
Published 9 months ago by Mr. Gary Davis
3.0 out of 5 stars Desert Drop
Not a bad read but difficult to appreciate by British readers where police methods are different from US. Fine for holiday reading.
Published 10 months ago by JG Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Good holiday read
I already recommended it to my sister. Good holiday read. Quite a lot of american slang but fits the story
Published 10 months ago by Barbara Berrisford
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Very good read well thought out good plot would definitely buy more of Rex Kuslers books so will be looking out
Published 10 months ago by jiml
3.0 out of 5 stars Shallow
Male/female detective duo sets out to find her newfound sister's killer. A straight-forward thriller concept and to be fair the plotting is not bad, but unfortunately the... Read more
Published on 25 Jun 2012 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Rex Kusler has done it again
This is the third in the series that I have read (I think there are only three so far) and once again I really enjoyed it. Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2012 by The Good Daughter
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasing read
Rex Cusler doesn't go in for expansive storylines, emotional dramas, or social commentary. He has a tale to tell, using a couple of likeable characters and a nice line in sharp... Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2012 by Andy Edwards
4.0 out of 5 stars A Las Vegas Winner!
Although lacking in any real tension or thrills, I really liked this book.
The two main characters are Alice and Jim who are former police officers trying to get their private... Read more
Published on 27 April 2012 by Mrs. L. Evans
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