Publisher: Forge Books
Publish Date: May 14, 2013
Origins: From Publisher for Review
Order Links: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
Synopsis: Lucky O’Toole, the newly promoted vice president of Customer Relations for the Babylon, Las Vegas’s primo Strip property, has never met a problem she couldn’t handle. But when a young woman is found dead, sprawled across the hood of a new, bright red Ferrari California in the Babylon’s on-site dealership, a Jimmy Choo stiletto stuck in her carotid, Lucky’s skills are maxed out. Of course her life is already on overload. Her mother, Mona, is pregnant, hormonal, and bored — a triple threat. A song that Teddie, Lucky’s former lover, wrote for her is getting national airplay as he hits the talk shows, pleading for her forgiveness. Lucky is less than amused by the high-powered “infotainment” spotlight on her personal life. She’s having enough trouble fending off Chef Jean-Charles Bouclet, the Babylon’s tasty new dish. All of this and The Smack-Down Poker tournament, the second-largest poker tournament in the world, is holding its final round at the Babylon. Hookers, thieves, players, cheaters, media, and hangers-on descend, looking to win or to score. When one of the players turns up dead, Lucky starts to make connections between the two murders, putting her in the crosshairs of the killer. After a revelation by someone close to her sends her world reeling even further, Lucky struggles to keep her life in balance, and a murderer from killing again as bodies pile up. Then, just when she’s losing control… life deals another major complication to her personal life… and it’s not going to be pretty. Lucky struggles to keep her life in balance, and a murderer from killing again as bodies pile up.
Review: ‘Lucky Bastard’ is the first Lucky O’Toole book I’ve read. I didn’t find it hard to get to know the characters as their personalities really shined. When a old friend of Lucky’s calls her and brings her into a crime scene in her hotel, she’s stepped into a chain of events she knew nothing about. To complicate matters, the woman is her friends’ ex-wife. As the bodies start piling up, Lucky’s love life gets more complicated, her mother is pregnant (and coming up with crazy schemes), and Lucky's barely hanging on. ‘Lucky Bastard’ is a very busy story, with multiple plot lines which do finally coalesce at the end. At times, I found it hard to keep up with the pace (as did Lucky!), but I liked the setting and the characters a lot. I’m not sure if this is through the whole series, but Lucky does take on more of an investigative role when she’s normally in the business of keeping guests happy. This puts herself and those she cares for in harm’s way more often than not. Overall, ‘Lucky Bastard’ is a quick and exciting beach read.