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Dead Is Dead

Dead Is Dead

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by John Lansing

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Lansing's latest thriller (The Devil's Necktie, 2015, etc.), the third outing for Jack Bertolino, finds the private investigator searching for a killer whose assassination of a known criminal results in a child's accidental death. Toby Dirk's decision to take out drug dealer Tomas Vegas sniper-style isn't what puts Jack on the case. It's the stray bullet that kills 6-year-old Maria Sanchez. Former NYPD detective Jack is already in Los Angeles, his prior tussle with kidnappers and sex traffickers providing the basis for the currently in-production film Done Deal. He's technical adviser to the movie's star, Susan Blake, but also acting as bodyguard; a stalker followed the actress from New York. Toby, meanwhile, comes from a family of lawbreakers, with him and older brothers Terrence and Sean running a store to launder dirty money. They dabble in various illicit deeds, including stealing drugs and cash from other dealers. But Jack's suspicion that the Vegas hit was personal may be spot-on: Toby doesn't tell his brothers that he was the shooter. When Toby executes a second solo murder, Jack may find a way to link the deaths to the Dirk brothers. The other investigation's complicated enough, with Jack fairly certain Susan is lying about not knowing the stalker's identity. But if he gets any closer to unraveling the Dirks' criminal enterprise, Jack could be the next victim. The protagonist's working two separate cases ultimately proves beneficial to the story. Lansing takes them in vastly different directions, one built on mystery (details on the stalker are largely unknown), the other on suspense (readers are fully aware of how dangerous the Dirks are). There's likewise perspective from the baddies, who occasionally commit murders together, while Jack and Susan's physical relationship, coupled with his ex-wife, Jeannine, suddenly showing up at his door, is a delightful soapy turn. Stellar supporting characters range from legal-advising friend/lawyer Tommy Aronsohn to computer genius Cruz Feinberg, who uses his hacking skills to great effect. And though the private eye's rugged looks attract the ladies, his frankness is most appealing: "I'll take [someone] down because he's a scumbag," he says. "But I won't kill him. Because I'm not." The laudable protagonist once again guides readers through a robust detective story.

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Gallery Books/Karen Hunter Publishing
Publication date:
Jack Bertolino Series , #3
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.10(d)

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John Lansing has spent the past two decades writing and producing network television. He was a writer and producer on Walker, Texas Ranger and he co-executive produced the ABC series Scoundrels. John’s first book was Good Cop, Bad Money, a true-crime tome with former NYPD Inspector Glen Morisano. Devil’s Necktie was his debut novel. A native of Long Island, John now resides in Los Angeles. Find out more on JohnLansing.net and follow him on Twitter @JELansing.

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Dead Is Dead 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
ElKaye More than 1 year ago
As with the other books in the Jack Bertolino series, this one was a real page-turner. Lansing has a knack for creating interesting and complex characters and keeping you guessing what will happen until the very end, giving satisfying conclusions to very intense and exciting situations. This series is a must for crime thriller fans!
Kshell More than 1 year ago
Loved this Book! Grabs you from the first chapter. A smart, well written thriller. A real page turner. If you know the Jack Bertolini series you will love it, but if it's your first introduction, you will love it just as much....and will want to read the previous books! Can't wait for the next one!
Laureth 10 months ago
After reading Dead is Dead, I was struck by the feeling that everything else John Lansing has written has lead up to this moment, this characters, these Jack Bertolino novels. With "Dead is Dead", the third book in the series, John has hit his stride as an incredible fiction writer, and can proudly take his place among the greats; Patterson, Connolly, Jance, et al. We can start any review of his work here, with this understanding. There is no doubt, John Lansing's an entertaining writer, with more than just these books to entertain the reader, and he always manages to breathe new life into the genre. Somehow, the character of the 'tough, charismatic, ex-cop turned PI' story becomes entertaining once again. Lansing's deft creation of supporting characters that one either loves or hates helps set these books apart from the usual one might expect of this genre. In "Dead is Dead" more than a couple questions about Jack's past are answered, while the main story unfolds, the information doesn't feel forced or unnatural, even for a moment. When I read "Dead is Dead", I really got lost in the story, mainly because Jack is a fascinating subject of study to me. Part of the appeal of this series to me, is the enjoyment of how Jack is changed or prompted to grow and change in each book of the series. Having been a long time fan of this kinds of suspense stories, I have long realize how hard it is for a retired cop to stay retired, and Jack is as human as any of this his peers.Stay retired and take simple PI cases? He can try. In a tradition dating from before Marlowe, the loner detective with a heart of gold, has taken on the case he probably shouldn't have. Jack is no exception. His sympathies touched, Jack goes on the hunt for the killer of a small child. His diligent search for the truth turns into a 'stay up way too late but couldn't stop reading' thrill ride. Meanwhile, in Jack's personal life, he make a large step towards resolving his long standing family conflicts and his love life sizzles as usual, as he's surrounded interesting female characters and not the stereotypical femme fatales, spunky ingénue and loyal secretary with a crush that pepper many a private investigator story. Not that I don't expect the occasional stereotype to turn up, but even those "walk on" characters, have a sense of fully developed characters. Read the series through if you can, but 'Dead is Dead' is also a great stand alone novel, as are the others in the Jack Bertolino series. You won't regret the time spent reading this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dead is Dead is a great read! Lansings' colorful characters once again come to life and pull on your heart strings. Bertolino engages the readers in suspense, intrigue, Hollywood glam, sex, drug wars and family drama. This book leaves you wanting more. I can't wait for the next adventure!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to read about Jack Bertolino's next adventure. Loved it!
cosimo More than 1 year ago
The latest installment in the Jack Bertolino series does not disappoint. Through intricate, criss-crossing story lines, you will discover a vivid look into the drug trade and the greed that it inspires as well as the human collateral left in its wake; get a glimpse into the world of Hollywood and the dark secret one particular actress is trying to hide and see how far the depth of one family's loyalty can be tested. Jack's entanglements with each of these worlds collides into a heart-pounding adventure.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Dead Is Dead is the third book in the Jack Bertolino Series, that transports the reader back into the seedy underworld of crime as they follow private investigator Jack Bertolino on his latest investigative adventure. Author John Lansing weaves a fast-paced crime thriller set in Los Angeles, and written in the third person narrative, that follows the dangerous quest of retired NYPD narcotics detective now private investigator Jack Bertolino as he serves as a technical advisor on a movie set, and in particular as a bodyguard for up-and-coming actress Susan Blake, who has a stalker after her. Jack is also asked to investigate the gang hit on known drug dealer Tomas Vegas, that also mistakenly took the life of six year old Maria Sanchez. Jack's investigation leads him into the seedy underworld of drug cartels and gangs in Ventura and Hollywood, where he finds himself caught up in a dangerous and deadly world that he thought he had left behind. Dead Is Dead is a riveting and realistic story that is full of intrigue, action, drama, suspense, murder, and dark humor. Jack's latest investigative adventure easily draws the reader in and keeps them captivated and turning the pages. As the reader follows Jack into the shady world of drug cartels and gangs, the multitude of plot twists and turns will keep them guessing what will happen next. Jack takes the reader on a wild ride when his dangerous adventure takes him into the upscale areas and seedy neighborhoods of various California locales. It is a seedy and gritty world of drugs, gangs, and murder ... all in the pursuit of bringing justice for the murder of an innocent little girl, while also keeping actress Susan Blake safe from a psycho cyber-stalker. With a multidimensional cast of characters who leap off the pages; gritty dialogue and vivid interactions; richly detailed description of various California locales; and a no-holds-barred storyline that keeps the reader sitting on the edge of their seats and holding their breath as the chilling trail of stalkers, gang crimes, drugs, and murders leads up to an explosive climax; Dead Is Dead is one hell of a thrilling story that you won't be able to put down, and it will leave you wanting more! Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great read...suspenseful, easy to follow, descriptive. I'm hooked on Jack and company... Please don't stop writing!
CMash More than 1 year ago
WOW!!!! I literally could not put this book down, having read it in a 24 hour period. I became a fan of John Lansing after reading Blond Cargo and The Test and Dead Is Dead did not disappoint. Matter of fact, it was exceptional!!!! Dead Is Dead is non stop, palpable, nail biting action! A definite page turner! Intriguing, thrilling, conpelling! Mr. Lansing's writing style is so descriptive that it allowed this reader to create vivid imagery. I found only one negative with this book, which is, I now have to patiently wait for Mr. Lansing's next novel. I highly recommend this read, however, plan to read it in one sitting as you won't be able to put it down!!! Bravo John Lansing!!! You did it again!!!
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
A young girl is dead! One minute she is happy playing with her doll and then she is shot and killed in her own house. Why? Just because someone has to have drugs? Jack Bertolino is a Retired Inspector who is going to find out how and why this happened. He has to try to keep everyone safe while he is trying to catch the killer or killers. This novel is full of action and suspense. You will not be able to put it down until you get to the end. I give this book a 5/5. I was given this book for a review by Partners in Crime Tours and this is my opinion.
JohnPaine More than 1 year ago
This is the third book I've read in this thriller series. Jack Bertolino, the hero, is an ex-NYC cop relocated to Los Angeles. This time he gets involved with a vicious ring of brothers and a Hollywood starlet with a twisted past. Really terrific stuff.
E. Van Lowe More than 1 year ago
Jack Bertolino is back and better than ever. Dead Is Dead is a deftly plotted page-turner of a thriller that puts author John Lansing’s Bertolino at the top of my thriller detective list along with Lee Child’s, Jack Reacher, and James Patterson’s, Alex Cross. In this, the third book in the series, Bertolino is plying his trade as a private security guard for beautiful actress, Susan Blake, the new “It Girl” in Hollywood. Susan needs private security on and off the set because of a stalker that’s followed her from New York to LA. Jack and Susan soon become an item, and as the story progresses, Bertolino discovers the stalker is also the keeper of a dark secret that could harm Susan in many ways. As intriguing as this story is, it isn’t the main story. That has been reserved for the Dirk brothers: Toby, Sean, and the charming mastermind of the bunch, Terrence. These boys are as dirty as they come, and despite their Country Club veneer, present Jack with his most cunning and murderous opponents yet. Lansing does his typical masterful work in blending together several storylines--one involving Jack’s son, Chris, and ex-wife Jeannine. This is a charming storyline that furthers the beautiful relationship between Jack and his son while giving us a fun does of Jack’s ex, who shows up at his door totally unexpected. Jack’s hands are already full with Susan’s stalker, finding a child-killer, missing drugs, and the murderous Dirk boys. The last thing he needs is an ex who just might be pushing for a reconciliation Jack doesn’t want. I won’t spoil it for you by telling any more. All I will say is map out a chunk of time for this juicy read. Once you begin, you will not want to put it down.
VicG More than 1 year ago
John Lansing in his new book, “Dead Is Dead” Book Three in the Jack Bertolino series published by Gallery Books gives us another adventure with Jack Bertolino. From the back cover: Retired Inspector Jack Bertolino gets his first taste of the erratic nature of Hollywood when A-list producer, George Litton, options one of Jack’s recent cases for a film. Jack is engaged as the film’s technical advisor, which stars It Girl Susan Blake. But more importantly, he’s on hand to keep a protective eye on Susan, who’s being harassed by a disturbing cyber-stalker. But that’s not all that starts to turn Jack’s world upside-down. When a five-year-old girl is shot dead in her family’s living room, just blocks from where the movie is being filmed, Jack realizes there are threads connecting the movie, the murder, a brutal gang of brothers, and a terrifying body count. Will Jack be able to find justice for the young girl and keep Susan safe? Or will this be his last and fatal trip to Hollywood? John Lansing has done it again which means get ready for a nail-biting, page-turning thriller which Mr. Lansing knows how to write very well. Jack is out in Hollywood for the filming of one of his cases but he gets involved with cyber-stalkers, murder and cold-blooded killers. “Dead Is Dead” is well crafted suspense. Mr. Lansing creates characters are so real that you are drawn to all of them. “Dead Is Dead” is great fun to read. I am already looking forward to the next adventure with Jack Bertolino. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Gallery Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"I am going to bring you back to life" she states
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
<p>'R.I.P. Cedric Bringham.' Is on a plaque on a coffin with a dead body inside of it. One side of the coffin is open showing him from the torso up wearing a tuxido and a ring with a skull on it on his left ring finger. His eyes and mouth are closed and his face is pale and lifless.