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The Ronnie Gene

The Ronnie Gene

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by Jon Mills

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Library Journal - Library Journal
This engaging and clever debut features two unlikely protagonists: Stanley, who suffers from Parkinson's, and Dave, who has early-onset Alzheimer's. Caught up in financial and health insurance issues, they inadvertently become detectives on a case involving their bankrupt marketing company—and just about every other aspect of their lives. The precipitating events are the puzzling murder of Pete, a friend and the company's accountant, and the subsequent reappearance of Ronnie, Stanley's lost love. It turns out that Stanley's financial problems lead to the late Pete. Suddenly, life is very twisty, and some of Dave's logic actually makes sense. VERDICT Stanley and Dave are strikingly original sleuths, and Stanley's struggle with paranoia gives the mystery a postmodern twist. This is sure to delight puzzle lovers and fans of Diana O'Hehir's series about Carla Day and her Egyptologist father who suffers from Alzheimer's.
Kirkus Reviews - Kirkus Reviews
Chicago attorney Mills' first novel is a gently comic tale of financial malfeasance and murder untangled by the world's most unlikely private eyes. Ever since its founding, Jamos & Mosit, Inc., Private Investigators, hasn't had a single case. You could blame it on the firm's low-rent digs in a shady part of town, or its lack of professional contacts or its zero amenities (no secretary, no advertising, no letterhead, no telephone). But it really doesn't matter, because the company was formed not to conduct any actual investigations but only to provide group-health insurance for its partners after the Jamos Company, which helped corporations conduct prize games, went bust. Since Stanley Jamos has Parkinson's and Dave Mosit has Alzheimer's, continuing medical coverage is vitally important to both of them. Just look at Pete Tilden, the third partner in the Jamos Company. He didn't join them in their new venture, and now someone's shot him to death, apparently during a burglary he interrupted. When Ronnie Dumat, Stanley's old college flame, returns to the Windy City determined to hire Jamos & Mosit to dig up more information on the abortive acquisition that bankrupted their old firm, it's obvious that something is fishy. What isn't obvious is how many different ways the case will illustrate the wisdom shared by Chicago's finest: If you're going to be a private eye, don't trust anyone, including the client. A modest but appealing blend of legal intrigue, sitcom rhythms and sleuthing in spite of itself.

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Gale Cengage Learning
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The Ronnie Gene 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Jamos marketing firm went bankrupt leaving late fifties and suffering from preexisting health conditions Stanley Jamos and Dave Mosit without jobs or health insurance. Stanley finds a health insurance company that will cover small firms. Thus he and Dave open up Jamos & Mosit, Inc. Private Investigators who do not work cases, but the former has coverage for his Parkinson condition and the later for his Alzheimer's. Someone kills Pete Tilden, their third partner from the marketing firm. Chicago PD Detectives Birkoltz and Hustad interview Jamos who offers nothing enlightening; they do not try to chat with Mosit. Soon afterward, Ronnie Dumat, Jamos' college lover who broke his heart almost four decades ago, calls him insisting she needs to see him. She wants him to find the business plan Pete wrote just before he was killed. However, the simple first case inquiry proves convoluted and dangerous as the sexagenarian unhealthy sleuths begin to uncover betrayals by their friends stretching back forty years. The Ronnie Gene is a timely private investigative satire that will remind readers of the recent debates in which the audience said let them die. The story line is character driven by the lead "amateur" sleuths who are written off by everyone as too old, too ill and too senile, but tenacity and intelligence keep them digging through the miasma backstabbing of their fellow Wisconsin grads. Although somewhat over the top of the Willis Tower, fans will enjoy Jamos & Mosit, Private Investigators, on their first case, a personal one. Harriet Klausner