Ex-jock, Jack Tramp, thinks he's got it made when his uncle dies and leaves him a small fortune. Short of cash and waiting for probate to close, he takes a job finding a missing young musician named Jimmy Wright. Big money for a couple days work. He thought it would be easy.
Soon Jack is enmeshed in a web of treachery and deceit, where nothing is as it seems, as he works to rescue Jimmy from the clutches of a crooked and powerful record producer who wants his songs, a sleazy scammer who wants money, and the beautiful and seductive Diamond who wants everything.
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Alan Robertson's "Diamond" is a story of deception, greed, and betrayals, one following another until the maze of double-crosses resolves itself in a satisfying conclusion. The title character, Diamond, is the type of beautiful blonde woman every man dreams of being with, and the type of woman who knows how to use her beauty to get what she wants-amateur detective, Jack Tramp, is, unfortunately, all too willing to give in to her at the wrong moments, but what warm-blooded man can blame him when she is so stunningly luscious and desirable? Jack isn't the only man in this novel who succumbs to her feminine wiles. The story starts when Jack Tramp, in need of some money to tide him over before he receives his inheritance from his recently deceased uncle, agrees to do some private detective work for a stranger to whom his lawyer-friend introduces him. Jack is asked to search for a young musician named Jimmy because Jimmy's parents are concerned that they haven't heard from their son in a long time. After asking around, Jack finds out Jimmy has been at a local ski lodge, but he has difficulty actually getting to talk to Jimmy; instead, he finds himself involved with Ronny and Diamond, both of whom have their own reasons to want to get ahold of Jimmy-Ronny for money-making reasons and Diamond, because she is in love with him. Jimmy is in high demand because he has written a song that music mogul, Pico, stole and made into a top hit, although Jimmy, who doesn't listen to the radio because it cramps his creativity, remains unaware of it. Ronny is working for Pico, trying to get a copy of Jimmy's original handwritten version of the song so Jimmy cannot find out and sue Pico. Meanwhile, Jack manages to get ahold of the original song lyrics. Enter Diamond-she also wants the lyrics, and in return, she's willing to give Jack something he hasn't had for quite some time. Besides a beautiful seductress interfering with his private investigator duties, Jack is faced with a dispute over his inheritance when a woman named Maxine shows up claiming to be his deceased uncle's common-law wife and pregnant with Uncle Harry's child. Jack already has to split the inheritance with his cousin, Larry, but he's willing to talk to Maxine, the new claimant to the inheritance, while Larry resents her and storms about screaming that she is lying and trying to cheat them. When Jack starts to have feelings for Maxine, the plot only gets more complicated. Robertson's entertaining novel reads like an old film noir, with Jack, who starts out thinking himself fairly intelligent, continually having his ego dropped down a peg as he finds that one person after another, from new acquaintances to old friends and relatives, cannot be trusted. Readers may shake their heads here and there when Jack makes a mistake out of human weakness, unable to see he is being betrayed, but the scheme of his bamboozlers is so complicated, particularly because the bad guys are all interested in cheating each other as well, that no reader will untangle the direction this novel will go. The first-person narration allows the reader to get to know Jack, to sympathize with him, and to understand his motivations.In the end, I couldn't help wanting to know what became of Jack Tramp next-he would make a great lead character for a novel series. - Tyler R. Tichelaar, Ph.D. and author of the award-winning "Narrow Lives."