Publisher: White Whisker Books (August 15, 2014)
Available in: Print & ebook, 176 Pages
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Patton Burch discovers his employee, a young woman dead in his Las Vegas hotel suite. As the murder investigation is underway, the FBI raid his business on a money laundering scam, his wife cannot be located, leading all eyes of suspicion turning in his direction. Patton plays gumshoe seeking to solve the answers.
Despite the fact a majority of the story takes place in Las Vegas doesn’t overpower the narrative, rather is creates just enough of an attraction to hold the readers attention. The narrative takes us to other locations, again, with a few key sites referenced – Napa Valley, San Francisco, Los Angeles. Hailing from San Francisco I was more than familiar with the points of interest Meeks selected, accurate too.
The plot was fast paced with a lot going on. With three parallel stories eventually intersecting every aspect was cohesive. Equal attention was given to the various scenarios, again, adding interest and keeping the reader engaged. Loads of mystery making for a gripping read. I liked the ending, predictable but fitting.
Patton is flawed, determined and brutally honest. He has a rather calm presence considering his life is falling apart. His lukewarm relationship with Tess definitely adds a punch and yet another tier to the story. Her character is standoffish, obviously she is Patton’s other half, however you do question how well they fit. All the characters came across well and served a necessary role in this novella. I would say the story balanced with characters, plot and the various settings all merging well together.
Fans seeking a fast paced short story with plenty of mystery will enjoy A Death in Vegas. Short in pages, more than adequate in exciting content.
Christopher Meeks has four novels and two collections of short fiction published. His most recent novel before this was the acclaimed thriller, “Blood Drama.” His novel “The Brightest Moon of the Century” made the list of three book critics’ Ten Best Book of 2009. “Love at Absolute Zero” also made three Best Books lists of 2011, as well as earning a ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Finalist award.
He has had stories published in several literary journals, and they have been included in the collections “Months and Seasons” and “The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea.” Mr. Meeks has had three full-length plays mounted in Los Angeles, and one, “Who Lives?” had been nominated for five Ovation Awards, Los Angeles’ top theatre prize.
Mr. Meeks teaches English and fiction writing at Santa Monica College, and Children’s Literature at the Art Center College of Design. To read more of his books visit his website at: http://www.chrismeeks.com.
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