Jack Salvo teaches philosophy one night a week at a local community college, but he pays his bills by working as a Los Angeles private detective.
When a group of world-class Russian ballet dancers visits L.A., he signs on as a bodyguard. It's a piece of cake. All he has to do is hang out with beautiful women. Then one of his charges is kidnapped from under his nose. In pursuing the kidnappers, he evades the FBI, finds bullet-riddled bodies near the Hollywood Sign, and dodges bullets.
Drawn into a web of deceit and maniacal revenge, he finds himself in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Now he's a fish-out-of-water--an L.A. private eye in a strange land. The most popular historical site in town is called The Church of Our Savior Built on Spilled Blood. When Salvo tries to save the life of a ballerina with whom he has developed a close personal relationship, the church lives up to its name.
|Publisher:||Jesse Miles Books|
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About the Author
During his college years in Orange County and Los Angeles, his part-time and summer jobs included work as an insurance investigator in the Hollywood area.
That particular work experience provided some thought-provoking insights into the human condition and laid part of the foundation for his writing detective novels.
He earned an MBA at UCLA and put in three decades with a large corporation, working mostly in computer security and other phases of security. Over the years, he worked with a wide range of law enforcement and military intelligence veterans, learning many lessons of criminality, investigation, and survival.
Jesse currently lives in the Brentwood district of Los Angeles. His interests include classic films, pro football, pro bicycle racing, Russian ballet, and Formula 1. In his spare time, he goes to the gym and hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Jack Salvo is a part-time philosophy teacher at a community college in Los Angeles and a part-time private investigator. When he signs up to work as bodyguard for the Russian Ballet who've come to Los Angeles, he figures he's in for some pretty easy work and the bonus is that he'll get to hang around some beautiful women - and get paid for it. But when one of those women is kidnapped on his watch, he takes it personally. Salvo ducks the FBI and dodges bullets in order to take on the Russian mafia, risking his life repeatedly to return one woman - a woman he happened to have been developing a relationship with. His search brings him to Russia where he's arranged for a swap - the woman for a set of valuable diamonds. The swap is to take place in a town that is most noted for The Church of Our Savior Built on Spilled Blood. And 'spilled blood' is precisely what happens when the swap goes wrong. I really enjoyed author Jesse Miles' writing style. The book was smooth and I bought in to the characters right away - which is essential to buying in to the story (which I also did). The book had a classic PI/Thriller feel about it. Tough but smart American PI and Russian ballet dancers kidnapped. This could have come straight from the 1970's crime fiction section! In fact the book made me think about Robert B. Parker's Spenser series - in a very good way. This is just a good PI Crime Thriller and I really liked the character of Jake Salvo . I will happily read more of these stories. Looking for a good book? Church of Spilled Blood by Jesse Miles is a throwback to the classic tough-but-intelligent Private Investigators (like Spenser) and a thrilling read. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Jack Salvo is an unusual kind of private investigator. He teaches philosophy, and is a romantic. He lives in a nice area of Los Angeles, but his office is in a run-down neighborhood. When he’s offered the opportunity to act as bodyguard to a group of visiting Russian ballerinas who already have their own security detail, he takes it, figuring it’ll be a nice vacation watching pretty girls dance—until one of the girls is kidnapped on his watch. Despite the fact that the LAPD, FBI, and Russian police are on the case, Jack can’t let it go. The girl was his responsibility. I like Jack. He’s a refreshing kind of hero—an alpha male who isn’t overly macho. He doesn’t have bulging biceps, and everyone knows ballet dancers are usually built like stick-figures, so the heroine doesn’t have “lush curves.” Maybe I’ve been reading too many bodice-rippers. Maybe it’s because he’s written by a man. Are writers getting better or am I starting to get senile? Mr. Miles not only held my attention from the first page; he kept me guessing until the end. And someone in his circle actually knows grammar. The Church of Spilled Blood was a pleasure to read!
Jack Salvo is a badass! That said, he is a fairly smart cookie. Can find and figure out most any mystery out there and go about it at a reasonable speed. Set to bodyguard some ballerinas from Russia, one gets taken right out from under his nose. Turns up on his doorstep the next day. No note, no nothing. They go back to Russia and another gets kidnapped and they ask for Jack to come deliver the ransom. Guess they took the wrong one the first time.
This book combines all the elements of an exciting thriller, creates interesting characters, and is written in a style that enhances the presentation of the story. Jake Salvo is a lead character who is both tough and likeable. The story starts in Los Angeles and eventually travels to St. Petersburg, Russia, where the church of the title is located. Lots of action, danger and suspense as the story unfolds to keep the reader engrossed. The level of detail was perfect for mental images without detracting from the plot. While a number of surprises occurred along the way, the real kicker came at the end. I didn't see it coming.