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The Last Call (The Bill Travis Mysteries Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

George Wier
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THE LAST CALL starts with a protagonist on the edge of an impending midlife crisis. Add a blond and an old friend with a fetish for high explosives, and you have the kickoff of a first rate crime novel. George Wier writes with wit, verve, and a gut-bucket
knowledge of Texas and those who people its quirky underside. This book does not disappoint.

—Milton T. Burton, author of Nights of the Red Moon and The Rogue’s Game.

George Wier's THE LAST CALL has it all: a great setting, characters you care about, a little Texas history, and a twisty plot that's built Texas tough. Get it before last call!

—Bill Crider, author of Murder In the Air.

Bill Travis, an unmarried, unattached investment counselor rapidly approaching his fortieth birthday, conceives that he may not live the most exciting of lives, yet Julie Simmons, his first appointment that Monday, is deeply in trouble. She has taken a North Texas quarter horse racer and liquor baron named Archie Carpin--the last of a dynasty of criminals from the 1920's--for a ride and cleaned him out of a neat two million bucks. And thus begins the adventure of Bill’s life.

Ensues a chase north across Texas to recover the money and shake the pursuit of a couple of rednecks with a penchant for rifles and rigged explosives. Yet, through all this action the compelling tale of yet another mystery—an 80-year old missing person’s case—begins to unravel.


About the Author:

This action/adventure mystery novel is the first of six completed novels in The Bill Travis Mysteries. With a total of twenty-one books planned for the series, including three prequels, Bill Travis, Austin, Texas’ newest hero, is here to stay.

George Wier has been writing for over twenty years. His most recent publishing credits include a contribution to Lone Star Noir (Akashic Books 2010). He lives in Austin, Texas with his lovely wife, Sallie.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2372 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Flagstone Books; 4 edition (10 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Money Men...More Exciting than one thought 14 Dec 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
George Wier's "The Last Call" is the first book in a great new series. Bill Travis is an investment counselor; the go to guy when you have a little extra money that you need to invest but invest in a way that is legal but hidden from Uncle Sam's extended hands. On a Monday morning he meets his newest client Julie. She needs his help to retrieve some money from a very bad man. Bill agrees to help this damsel in distress and by agreeing, he finds himself on one thrilling but deadly ride of the week. Who would have thought managing money could be so exciting?

This is the beginning of a thrilling and exciting new series. If you want one of those books that keep you up late at night turning pages than this is the series for you. Pick up your copy today and you won't be just might miss a little sleep though.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written mystery novel 21 Mar 2013
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Well written, fast-pacing, with characters alive and intriguing. The story unfolds fast and keeps your attention. Nice read for a lazy afternoon.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars - ok after first chapter 22 Jan 2014
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I give this 3.5 stars as not quite worth 4. Try and get past the prologue of an 80 year old skeleton in a "cellar" (which
was explained eventually) and the first chapter (unnecessary), where Bill races his car in traffic against a pretty female.

I almost didn't bother after that, but glad I did. The female, Julie, later turns up at Bill's office to ask for help.
I never did understand exactly what Bill did about people's money problems as he always protested it wasn't "money laundering".

Anyway, Julie has stolen 2 million dollars from a mafia-type Texan. She and Bill fast become lovers and go on the run
together from the criminal's henchmen. As the man wanted his money back, I couldn't understand why his men kept trying to
kill Julie - hence not 4 stars.

A gun toting friend agrees to help Bill and Julie and from then on the action and pace increase. However, Bill knows that
Julie is holding a lot of information back - which always annoys me - though I suppose it makes the story! So can he trust her?

The skeleton in the prologue is traced back to an 80 year old mystery, and the end of the book is explosive.
I would probably read this book again some time, and the next in the series. There were no graphic sex scenes and not much
bad language.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great mystery novel with excellent characters 15 Aug 2012
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012The Last Call by George Wier

The Last Call, book one in the Bill Travis Mystery series is an interesting take on the classic hardboiled detective action tale. Author George Wier has created a cast of characters who immediately draw you in, and from page one you care about their problems.

The hero, investment-advisor Bill Travis, is having a mid-life crisis. We never really find out exactly what area of investment consulting Bill works in, other than it is for extremely sensitive clients who need help with investing large amounts of cash and property just short of money laundering; keeping good people out of bad trouble. In the course of his work he's made many friends, a lot of of whom owe Bill some rather large favors.

On the day this tale begins, we find Bill in in traffic on his way to the office. As he is negotiating the rush-hour traffic, he finds himself playing tag with an attractive blonde. She wins. cutting him off and making a fine start to his Monday.

Lo and behold, his first appointment of the day is the blonde from the traffic-jam; her name is Julie Simmons and she is in trouble. She has crossed a bad man, a north-Texas liquor baron, named Archie Carpin and has taken a VERY large sum of money from him and hidden it. She turns to Bill for help; he tells her he doesn't deal with stolen money. Still, he finds himself involved both physically and emotionally and the next thing he knows, he is trying to help her get her mess straightened out.

Bill turns to Hank, an old client and a friend who has a passing love of explosives. Hank has a friend, Dock (with a k) who also gets involved.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Paced Thriller 22 Jan 2014
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FIrst time I have read a book by this author. I found it fast moving, interesting and it created an on going story that was believable. I thoroughly recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly different action thriller 10 April 2013
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Bill Travis is an intriguing character who is a partner in a firm that purports to advise clients on their financial investments. However, he is more than a little cagey about what he actually does or how he really earns his money. When his partner refers a beautiful young woman to him, he is immediately smitten and is rapidly drawn into a web of intrigue and danger. This book has everything you could want in an action thriller. Vividly drawn characters both likeable and sinister, a good mix of sex and danger, fascinating factual historical detail and a lively, colourful background to a fast moving storyline. The action scenes are brilliantly told, combining just the right amount of vulnerability, pain, fear, courage and commitment to ensure that Bill is someone the reader desperately wants to succeed. This is a great first novel in a series that also certainly deserves to succeed.
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