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Dysfunctional, bumbling, crazy babe-magnet Dev Haskell, P.I. becomes the envy of every guy with a heartbeat when he’s hired to watch over a team of gorgeous English roller derby stars. Though he’d rather be standing guard in the shower room, he suddenly finds himself under arrest and found guilty before he’s charged. He’s got an attorney who drinks too much, a beautiful friend with a bad attitude, a feisty team of females ready to kill him – and no answers. Bombshell is another fast-paced, engrossing suspense thriller from Minnesota’s master of the bizarre, Mike Faricy.
The book opens with Dev at a hip new club with his girl of the week. While he’s their he meets “Spanky” a roller derby babe. After talking she offers him a job to guard the girls during the bout because a stalker’s on the loose.
Dev takes the job more to be near the girls then to be on the lookout for a stalker. The stalker is more crazy then dangerous, leaving fingers taped to Harlotte Davidson’s locker. However, Dev gets more then he bargained for when he ends up in jail after a misunderstanding and everyone thinks he is the stalker.
This book was a fun, fast paced, quick read. Dev is one of those guys who wants to do the right thing but more then that he wants to have fun. He likes the ladies and he’s not afraid to show it. I was also really interested in aspects of the roller derby because my cousin is now on a roller derby team and it seems to be a culture unto itself.
The ladies of the roller derby were tough, sexy, and full of attitude. I enjoyed reading about them and seeing how different many of them were from their roller derby alter egos. It was fun to see behind the scenes of the derby.
The mystery in the book was well written too. There were details given that made me think I knew who the stalker was but then when I read the next piece of the puzzle I would think it was someone else.
While this was an enjoyable read and it kept me entertained I thought some of the transitions in the book were abrupt and I wasn’t sure what was happening until I read a few paragraphs. Otherwise I thought Dev and the derby babes were full of fun, laughs, and drama.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Mike Faricy is the award winning author of mystery suspense thrillers woven together with a rich strain of humor and even some romance. He and his wife live in Saint Paul, Minnesota and Dublin, Ireland.
His entertaining tales are populated with the sort of quirky, oddball characters we’d all like to know more about, but wisely prefer to keep at a distance. They serve not so much as examples as they do warnings to the rest of us. None of his characters will be saving the world from terrorism, international banking conspiracies or coups to topple the government. Rather, they’re individuals inhabiting a world just below the surface of polite society. The difficulties they find themselves in are usually due to their own bad decisions, but then, bad decisions make for interesting tales.
All of his books are stand alone, read them in any order you wish. Russian Roulette introduces the bizarrely devilish Devlin Haskell as a PI with a foot on both sides of the law. Dev’s adventures continue in Mr. Softee and the soon to be released Bite Me. Mike is currently working on his latest top secret project. He graduated High School from St. Thomas Academy and earned a BA in history from St. Norbert College.