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As with any mystery novel series, readers are always looking forward to the next book. I have decided to post a few selected chapters for the next Jack Diamond Mystery Adventure from time to time. The title of the book is in working form only right now. The book itself is due for release late this fall. Comments and suggestions are always welcome. See my contact page to get in touch. Thanks! Philip
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Jack Diamond-PI, Mystery Adventures
works of fiction
by Philip Johnson
Below you will find a short synopsis for each the first two books in the
Jack Diamond Mystery Adventure series.
CAUTION: Tram Approaching
This first eBook release in the Jack Diamond series is now available FREE at Smashwords.com. This synopsis provides a brief look with it's share of twists, turns and surprises when you least expect them right up to the conclusion.
Missing person cases generally fall into the dime-a-dozen category for Las Vegas Private Investigator, Jack Diamond. To be sure they help pay the bills though his basic lifestyle comes nowhere close to the flash and dash kitsch filled atmosphere of Sin City. That being said, Jack Diamond's lifestyle is far from dull and boring.
There is always the exception of course and on occasion a case ends up with enough twists and turns to qualify for a classic theme park thrill ride. In the instance of CAUTION: Tram Approaching, two murders and an unfortunate emotion wrenching accident provide additional intrigue to the case for Jack and his special (make that very special) associate, Melissa Blanchard.
Initially Jack is summoned to the office of the Western Sun Insurance Agency whose offices are in the same west of the Las Vegas Strip building as Jack Diamond. It seems an executive from a mid-west life and casualty insurance company represented by Western Sun has failed to return from what was purported to be a business trip to Las Vegas.
Jack rarely, if ever, turns down a case from Western Sun, one of his leading sources of repeat business. Jack takes on the case in an appreciative, but not totally enthusiastic fashion. It did not require a lot of inquiry however before Jack realized there was something more going on than yet another wayward soul who became over extended at the tables, over loaded in the lounge and over-sexed in a few of the more infamous ‘Gentlemen’s Clubs’.
Once again Jack turned to his close confidant and personal friend, Captain Hank Mathis, head of the Criminal Investigation Division in the Metro PD. The Captain quickly places the name of the missing insurance exec on the ever-changing Clark County missing persons list. Even though the search progresses, it frustratingly lacks some critical ingredients, such as sufficient clues to begin to produce a trail worth following. In short order, the pace does quicken when it becomes clear that the object of the search did not just decide on the spur of the moment to become another Vegas good–time-Charley.
At various points in the book the reader may be tempted to run to some premature conclusions. Caution; You will probably be wrong for one thing and you will miss some meaningful tenderhearted deep emotional intrigue that is in fact critical to the stories ultimate conclusion. And this is to say nothing about a bevy of clues that could otherwise keep you on track, (pun intended). That track will take you on a train adventure in Easter Europe, which follows another train escape that begins in a most unlikely manner in Las Vegas. As events eventually dictate, tracks will indeed provide meaningful and dramatically opposite outcomes.
Reader Alert: As you read CAUTION: Tram Approaching be aware that some of the characters may not be who they say they are and events aren't always what they seem to be.
No Trust Among Thieves
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This exciting new Jack Diamond Mystery Adventure is the latest release in the series
and provides a prequel look at the characters as they are introduced . As always, the first several pages are available for a free preview.
Here is a short synopsis of the No Trust Among Thieves.
It all begins simply and innocently enough as a request by an unlikely client to help recover what he believes may be an inheritance gone missing. The innocence is short lived however and the simple request is quickly replaced by an adventure stretching from Las Vegas to Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Canada all from a most unlikely starting point in Southern Idaho. As usual, Las Vegas is the cross roads focal point from which Jack Diamond sorts it all out with the help of friends, professional "intel" colleagues, and one very close personal friend.
At the end of the day, Jack still can not be certain of success in recovering the alleged missing inheritance. The network of pilfering money manipulators who became involved through various nefarious means are found out as one by one they discover that there is no trust among thieves and ill gotten riches driven by blind greed seldom have a pleasant ending.