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Jackpot (Frank Renzi Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Susan Fleet
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Book Description

A compulsive gambler hits the jackpot and thinks his problems are over. But a serial killer is murdering lottery winners.
  • Nigel wants to be the next Boston Pops conductor. He's madly in love with Vicky, a talented clarinetist. He's also deeply in debt. When he wins the lottery, he's ecstatic. Now he can pay his debts and ask Vicky to marry him.
  • But Homicide Detective Frank Renzi is hunting a depraved killer with a grudge against lottery winners. And the killer is targeting Nigel and Vicky.
  • "A very suspenseful
    book!" -- Feathered Quill Book Reviews"
A prequel to earlier books in the Frank Renzi series, Jackpot takes place in Boston in 2000, before Renzi relocated to New Orleans. Follow Frank Renzi and his relentless pursuit of justice in Absolution, Diva and Natalie's Revenge, the previous novels in the series.

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About the Author

For many years award-winning author Susan Fleet worked as a trumpeter in the Boston area. While teaching at Brown University and Berklee College of Music she began writing crime fiction. In 2001 she moved to New Orleans. Her first crime novel, Absolution, was named Best Mystery-Suspense-Thriller of 2009. Subsequent novels in her Frank Renzi series, Diva and Natalie's Revenge, have won accolades from reviewers and readers alike. Jackpot is the fourth book in the series. Susan blogs about true crime and has published twelve of her posts in an ebook. DARK DEEDS: Serial killers, stalkers and domestic homicides. For nine years, Susan lived in New Orleans enjoying the music, food and ambiance of the French Quarter. She now divides her time between the Big Easy and Boston. Visit her at While teaching at Berklee, Susan created a course about 20th Century female musicians. Her book, Women Who Dared: Trailblazing 20th Century Musicians, spotlights violinist Maud Powell and trumpeter Edna White. See her profiles of other talented women at

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3073 KB
  • Print Length: 283 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Music and Mayhem Press (20 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #294,026 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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During her successful career as a Boston-area trumpeter and music professor, Susan Fleet discovered her dark side and began writing crme fiction. New Orleans is the setting for her award-winning Frank Renzi mysteries, Absolution, Diva and Natalie's Revenge.

The Premier Book Awards named Absolution Best Mystery-Suspense-Thriller of 2009.

She lived in New Orleans for nine years, and now divides her time between the Big Easy and Boston. Visit her website and send her an email. She'd love to hear from you!

Susan's other passion is promoting talented women musicians. While teaching at Brown University and Berklee College of Music, she created a course about female musicians, jazz and classical. Read about these talented women at

Susan also blogs about crime on DARK DEEDS: serial killers, stalkers and domestic homicides.
And don't miss RENZI'S RANTS! NOPD Detective Frank Renzi rants about whatever is on his mind!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is Winning The Lottery a Blessing or a Curse? 23 Dec. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Four lottery winners.

Four murders.

Is there a serial killer on the loose?


I love the cover of Jackpot, as I do for all of Susan Fleet's novels. Simple and direct.

Susan Fleet loves to write about serial killers and Jackpot is another murder mystery that reads like True Crime. I do not find the plot so far fetched. I have watched The Lottery Changed My Life, a tv show about lottery winners. In one episode, a man was killed at a strip club. He had been known to carry large amounts of cash, making him a prime target.

Check out The Tragic Stories of The Unluckiest Winners.

Who knows what sets off a killer?

Jackpot is full of suspense, containing plots within plots. The story keeps unraveling and what starts out as a good thing, quickly turns bad. But then again, Susan loves to write about serial killers and does a fine job of it.

The characters come alive on the pages as Susan Fleet leads us from one murder to the next.

"He'd won $12 million and he was still a loser."

Poor Nigel. He finally got a break. He won $12 million dollars in the lottery. His need to gamble, which had ruined his life, vanished. But, some people seem to be jinxed. Bad things seem to follow them around, like bees to honey or flies to s***.

Frank is a very flawed hero, but I love him. He never hurts anyone on purpose and goes out of his way for a child. It seems Susan Fleet always has a child in her books, that crosses Frank's path. He goes above and beyond to help.

I like my heroes tarnished. They become more real to me and Frank fits the bill. He is married and having an affair with a married woman, Gina. They have been together for years and he is faithful to her.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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With her latest novel, `'JACKPOT', Susan Fleet does it again with another page-turning police thriller that builds to a nail-biting crescendo - and the musical metaphor fits given the profession of the final intended victim. Cop Frank (Franco) Renzi follows a trail of blood-lusting mayhem as he hunts a seriously disturbed serial killer. In the closing, breathless finale, Renzi finds himself at the wrong end of a gun pointed at his midriff and gripped by a psycho.
However, this novel is more than a heroic cop chasing a crazy killer whose targets are big lottery winners. Sub-plots and layering reveal Renzi's personal pain as his private life unravels. He must choose between facing up to his true feelings or living a lie. Besides Renzi, richly drawn characters include compulsive gambler, musician and conductor, Nigel Heath and news reporter Gina stuck in a marriage going nowhere. There are also some seriously threatened goldfish - read the book and you will see this is no joke!
Susan Fleet's writing is crisp, punchy and like all great storytellers, hurtles the reader along in a rollercoaster ride.
Loved it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it! 19 Feb. 2014
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The plot had some really good twists which made it really interesting. It was well written and I really enjoyed it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A slick, exciting thriller 8 Oct. 2014
By Perkins
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A well-written psychological thriller with considerable depth and intelligence. Frank Renzi is the good, solid detective who follows very well-researched police procedures to track down his man. The back stories are well thought-out and every plotline leads to a natural conclusion. All the characters are vividly drawn, although some of them were a little clichéd for my taste. I also found some of the plot developments just a little contrived, as though the author had pushed them into shape to make everything fit the way it should. At times, I got very frustrated with Frank and Gina never having the courage to face up to their problems and confront their spouses head on. I thought Frank's powers of deduction were a little too well-developed at times as, on occasion, he seemed to follow the killer's thought processes with rather more ease than you might expect. These are very minor points in a book that engaged me fully in the characters' lives and will have enormous appeal for lovers of hard-hitting, fast-paced psychological whydunnits.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars jackpot 12 Feb. 2014
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very good with many twist and turns in the story line kept you in suspense till the very end bye
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable prequel 29 Dec. 2014
By Chris
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A prequel to the previous Frank Renzi novels, taking us away from New Orleans to Frank’s home town of Boston.

The overarching plot of lottery winners being murdered is well executed and there is plenty of time for development of the characters.

Either pick this one up in it’s natural point in the series or as a first Renzi read for an enjoyable crime drama.
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