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Deadly Faux
     

Deadly Faux

by Larry Brooks
 

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Wolfgang Schmitt, ex-underwear model, self-proclaimed wisecrack, and cynical copywriter turned undercover agent, is biding his time, unsure how to spend the millions he scored after his recent undercover mission for the FBI. Complicating matters is the fact that he might be called in for a new mission; if it’s off the books and calls for a touch of seduction,

Overview

Wolfgang Schmitt, ex-underwear model, self-proclaimed wisecrack, and cynical copywriter turned undercover agent, is biding his time, unsure how to spend the millions he scored after his recent undercover mission for the FBI. Complicating matters is the fact that he might be called in for a new mission; if it’s off the books and calls for a touch of seduction, Wolf is the man for the job.

But, in Wolf’s words, shit-storms come in threes. On the same day Wolf is visiting his mother in a nursing home, he makes three troubling discoveries: the place is going under and he may need to step in; the stash in his offshore account has completely vanished; and the promising new woman in his life is actually a Fed, vetting him for another undercover gig. His mission: to entrap a casino-owning couple suspected of involvement with the organized crime factions piping untold amounts of money through the gambling mecca’s glamorous underworld. All of this seems nearly impossible to pull off, probably illegal as hell, and if this is anything like his last gig, nothing is as it seems.

Full of crime, passion, and betrayal, Deadly Faux finds Wolf cornered in a dangerous undercover mission in Sin City, forced to use his wits, charm, and gambler’s luck to survive in the dark underbelly of Las Vegas.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/14/2013
Brooks returns to the world of Wolfgang Schmitt, reluctant undercover agent for the FBI, with great success. Wolfgang is rebuilding his shattered romantic life while considering how best to spend his illicit earnings from 2004's Bait and Switch when he finds himself once again drawn into the machinations of those more ruthless than him. With his fortune missing and the government taking far too close an interest in him, Wolfgang has no choice but to acquiesce to a demand that he once again apply his peculiar skills in the service of the FBI. This time, however, the operation is unsanctioned, the circle he is infiltrating is Las Vegas's mob community and his employer, ruthless businesswoman and aspiring widow Lynn Valentine is less in Wolfgang's skills as a trainer and far more interested in his fabricated talent as a contract assassin. Surrounded by killers, the amiable cynic soon learns that his is not the only life at stake; unless he can navigate the hidden shoals of criminality and conspiracy around him, a young woman will die. Nearly a decade may have passed since Wolfgang's first appearance but the affable rogue remains as charming as ever, in part because his air of cynical self-interest is clearly a patina over a far more sympathetic character. Brooks is clearly an advocate of tossing his characters into the deepest, most shark-infested waters; the result is a quick-moving, engaging comic escapade. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
"Deadly Faux is a fast, fun read with plot twists I did not see coming and a satisfying ending." —Phillip Margolin, New York Times bestselling author of Sleight of Hand

"An absolute must read, Deadly Faux is guaranteed entertainment. In Wolfgang Schmitt, Larry Brooks has created a wise-cracking protagonist who is witty, resourceful, intelligent, and, most surprisingly, vulnerable. Brooks plunges Wolf into a seemingly unwinnable caldron involving Las Vegas casinos, the mob, and femme fatales, then turns the heat up high. I finished Deadly Faux in one sitting, couldn’t put it down, and can’t wait to read the next book. Step aside Nelson DeMille and Stuart Woods—Schmitt happens!" —Robert Dugoni, New York Times bestselling author of The Jury Master

“Crime novelist Raymond Chandler was widely acknowledged in his day as the Poet Laureate of The Dark Side (he looked about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food cake). He died in 1959 and ever since there have been many pretenders to his throne. Among the best are James M. Cain, Elmore Leonard, Robert B. Parker, James Lee Burke—all masters of the craft, all wordsmiths of the first order, but none of them had Chandler’s gifts. After half a century of being on the lookout for a crime fiction writer with a voice that rivals Chandler’s, one has finally appeared, quietly chugging his way up the bestseller lists with Darkness Bound, Whisper of the Seventh Thunder, Serpent’s Dance, and Bait and Switch. His name is Larry Brooks. The guy has a slick tone and a crackling, cynical wit with lots of vivid descriptions (of both interior and exterior landscapes), and the sparkling figures of speech dance off the page and explode in your inner ear. Though as modern as an iPad 5S, he is truly and remarkably Chandleresque. He’s dazzling. Check out his new one, Deadly Faux—it’s sexy, complex, intelligent; a truly delightful novel with more plot twists than a plate of linguine swimming in olive oil.” —James N. Frey, author of How to Write a Damn Good Novel

"This intoxicating and intelligent tale of corporate corruption feels as authentic as a true crime chronicle, but Schmitt's first-person narration ensures that it is much more entertaining." —Publishers Weekly on Bait and Switch

“Full of surprises, Darkness Bound is one sneaky read.” —Leslie Glass, New York Times bestselling author of Stealing Time (for Darkness Bound)

From Publishers Weekly:
Brooks returns to the world of Wolfgang Schmitt, reluctant undercover agent for the FBI, with great success. Wolfgang is rebuilding his shattered romantic life while considering how best to spend his illicit earnings from 2004's Bait and Switch when he finds himself once again drawn into the machinations of those more ruthless than him. With his fortune missing and the government taking far too close an interest in him, Wolfgang has no choice but to acquiesce to a demand that he once again apply his peculiar skills in the service of the FBI. This time, however, the operation is unsanctioned, the circle he is infiltrating is Las Vegas's mob community, and his employer, ruthless businesswoman and aspiring widow Lynn Valentine is less in Wolfgang's skills as a trainer and far more interested in his fabricated talent as a contract assassin. Surrounded by killers, the amiable cynic soon learns that his is not the only life at stake; unless he can navigate the hidden shoals of criminality and conspiracy around him, a young woman will die. Nearly a decade may have passed since Wolfgang's first appearance but the affable rogue remains as charming as ever, in part because his air of cynical self-interest is clearly a patina over a far more sympathetic character. Brooks is clearly an advocate of tossing his characters into the deepest, most shark-infested waters; the result is a quick-moving, engaging comic escapade. (Oct.)
 

Kirkus Reviews
2015-04-17
In Brooks' (Pressure Points, 2013, etc.) thriller, Wolfgang Schmitt's latest undercover gig for the FBI puts him at a Las Vegas hotel-casino to bring down mobsters.Doing a covert assignment for the FBI made a millionaire out of Wolfgang, a former model. But when his offshore account suddenly disappears, it's clear that the feds want his attention to coerce him into going undercover again. Wolf poses as a hit man offering his services to Lynn Valentine to off her hubby, Phillip. Feds can then charge her with conspiracy and subsequently squeeze her for info on the mob-tied casino, Xanadu, that the Valentines run. Wolf is under the guise of being Lynn's personal trainer, but a wary Phillip and his muscle-bound crony let Wolf know he isn't trusted. Speaking of trust: Wolf's old FBI contact, Sherlock, has him secretly keeping an eye on the rogue agents who gave Wolf his current operation. Things only get worse (and more confusing) when cops arrest Wolf for murder. Brooks' novel opens as a straightforward spy story but gradually turns into a gleefully convoluted tale. FBI agent Renee, for example, is dubious from the start: she'd been assessing (and dating) Wolf as a woman named Carolyn and joins him in Vegas as Lynn's assistant Nicole (her real name isn't known). By the time Wolf loses contact with Sherlock, he's dealing with more bodies and a couple of kidnappings and making so many deals with shady people that readers' heads are likely to spin. Yet the story is surprisingly easy to follow since Brooks keeps the numerous characters and aliases in line. And while the final explanation of Xanadu's nefarious affairs may not be entirely convincing, the across-the-board resolution doesn't leave anything up in the air. Wolf's perpetual cynicism is solid comic relief, even when his sharp tongue and rash attitude in the company of various thugs come at the expense of his safety, as when Phillip's goons make sure Wolf is well-acquainted with a few weightlifting plates. But his faults help him stand out. Unlike James Bond, Wolf walks away from a blackjack table with nothing but sardonic remarks for the dealer.Filled with enough twists to make a roulette wheel dizzy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781620454176
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
10/08/2013
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
933,866
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Read an Excerpt

Portland, Oregon
October, 2012

Don’t get me started.

No one with a modicum of sense – and please, just shoot me if I ever actually use the word modicum in an actual conversation – could blame me for being pissed off about things in general.  The airlines want a hundred bucks to change from a flight with a waiting list to another flight that is only half full, and thirty bucks to load your bag.

One commuter line wants a hundred dollars for a carry-on.  Thank you for flying Trans Sphincter Air.  My HMO announced their annual forty-five percent rate hike on the day a pro athlete I once admired got busted – again - for beating up a hooker and his wife on the same day, which earlier had brought us the news of a Senator tweeting his junk to yet another hooker.  The IRS wasn’t buying my deduction to The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Copywriters, which I once was.  Reality television hadn’t gone away, nor would Britney or Lindsay Lohan or The Donald, who continued resisting a sign-off on the re-structuring of his hair.  

Grease was no longer The Word.  Bullshit was.

Far beyond the boundaries of my claustrophobic little world, the Democrats wanted us to forget that half the working population, which was shrinking, is on the public dole. Meanwhile the Republicans wanted us to overlook the fact that, among all those senators and congressmen and governors with right-leaning tendencies and greasy palms, not to mention dropped drawers in low places, a guy who looked like a blow up doll and no memory was the best they could come up with for the next Presidential race.  That someone could actually be named after a catcher’s glove.  And because of a book and a movie, half the planet actually believed that Mary Magdalene lived out her days as Mrs. Jesus H. Christ, while the other half – including those with rags on their heads and bombs under their vests - are still quite convinced that God is on their side.

At least Saddam and Bin Laden were dead, with no bounty of vestal virgins anywhere on their eternal horizon.

Bring the boys home?  Not that simple, Sparky.

What’s a thinking man to do, give Newt the vote?  I don’t think so.

Meet the Author

Larry Brooks is the author of six critically-praised novels, including USA Today bestseller Darkness Bound, and three bestselling writing books, including the #1 bestseller Story Engineering: Mastering the Six Core Competencies of Successful Writing. Brooks teaches writers & conferences throughout the nation and is the creator of Storyfix.com, named six years running to the Writers Digest "101 Best Websites for Writers list." He lives in Arizona.

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