Fatal Gamble

Fatal Gamble

by Jp O'Donnell


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Fatal Gamble by Jp O'Donnell

Twenty years ago, a group of doctors formed a partnership to build a medical office plaza in Massachusetts. While it wasn't the most above-board deal ever made, the doctors have found continued profit and success—until now.

Someone wants the doctors dead, and he or she has already succeeded in murdering two of them. The identity of the killer remains unknown. Is it a madman with a vendetta against the medical profession, a small-time bookie seeking revenge for a shady real estate deal, or a disgruntled former construction manager who was unjustly fired?

The widow of one of the slain doctors has a clue—but she's too afraid to tell the police. She hires Boston private investigator Daniel Gallagher to help track down the murderer. But as Gallagher begins to unravel the mystery, he finds himself entangled in a web of danger and political intrigue.

With the stakes growing higher, Gallagher faces a growing threat to keep him quiet before he reveals the damaging truth. But when push comes to shove, has Gallagher made a Fatal Gamble?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780595514090
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/01/2008
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

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Fatal Gamble 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Ronrose More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for the gritty, mean streets of Boston for your detective fiction, you won't find them here. J. P. O'Donnell's cool, calm, and savvy Private Investigator, Daniel Cormac Gallagher, Jr(just call him Gallagher, everyone does) spends most of his time and expense account rubbing shoulders with white collar clients and crimes. Since leaving the Boston Police Department, he has established a successful P.I. practice where he can pursue with dogged determination any case with a refusal to let go attitude, until the file is closed to his satisfaction. This first book involves the unexplained murders of three doctors, who were part of a partnership in an upscale medical office plaza. Gallagher is called in by one of the grieving widows to find out why her husband, an upstanding doctor, was brutally murdered. The book maintains a fast pace while flowing smoothly through the solution of the crime. Maybe a little too smoothly. I would have appreciated a few more bumps in the road. Perhaps a few more turns we didn't see coming. Well written and a good plot, but not an exceptional one. I look forward to seeing if Gallagher develops into a Private Eye to keep our eye on. This was a free review copy.
A_Good_Addiction More than 1 year ago
With a central focus on one character but told in third person to provide insight at perfectly selected times to other characters, Fatal Gamble is an intricate, engaging mystery. The writing reads smoothly and the book opens with a stunning start to pull in the reader. Gallagher is charismatic, insightful and deferential. Now a private investigator, he has a past within the police force that adds to not only the plot but his character as well. Curious and determined, he is used to the mostly run of the mill lost person cases but eagerly accepts the case at hand. Despite having a steady girlfriend whom he cares immensely for, Gallagher also puts much of himself into his work and has a strong desire for it in his blood. The interactions with Kate show a different man than whom the reader sees on investigation but hints of his passion and loyalty are prevalent in both. Though Gallagher is the primary character, this book is driven by the mystery and the plot. Opening with the shooting of one of the doctors, the intrigue is sparked from the start. There are innumerable players throughout and the entire plotline is weaved together brilliantly. Several seemingly separate things tie together in surprising ways and O'Donnell throws in several twists the reader will not see coming. The final way everything interacts is revealed in a shocking manner and each new addition increases the danger, particularly to Gallagher. O'Donnell's writing is detailed without being distracting and several of the passages add an intense air of mystery that fuels the reader more. As Gallagher uncovers more secrets and gets closer to the truth, the reader will try to piece things together, only to be thrown another loop. The pace is quick and the constant twists keep the reader engaged and curious throughout. High action and a strikingly complex plot line combine to make Fatal Gamble a great read. A sympathetic and intelligent central character also help add to the enticement of this book. With multiple murders and an interesting narrative, it is certainly a hit and easy to visualize much of the scenes.
y2pkreads More than 1 year ago
While the basic plot sounded promising and PI Gallagher is kind of appealing, overall this book was a big disappointment. Author O'Donnell skims the surface of characterizations and emotions, never really making us care about anyone. He spends too much time summarizing what is happening, instead of showing it. He also spends too much time telling us about conversations, instead of writing the dialogue and letting us really get to know the characters. For example, a paragraph on page 177: "Gallagher continued his discussion with __________ for another half hour, sharing his belief that ______ was innocent and that there was still much more to be determined about the role of ___________ in the murder of the West Castle partners." This is not exactly the stuff that has me sitting on the edge of my seat wanting to know what happens next, but it is typical of the narrative style of "Fatal Gamble." I think O'Donnell has the potential to write a better book, and I hope that he will endeavor to do so. The book I read is a free review copy (Library Thing Member Giveaways).
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
It's just another mundane day in the life of Dr. Jonathan Becker. He gets up, readies himself for work, kisses his lovely wife and then heads out the door for work. Getting in his car and tuning the radio to his favorite talk show, it's a quick drive to the medical building where he runs a thriving pediatric practice. Arriving at his office, he sits in his car for a few minutes to listen to the end of the radio show and boom! Dr. Becker is shot dead. In just two short pages, Fatal Gamble grabs the reader and begs the question, who shot Dr. Becker? The police are quickly on the scene of the deadly crime but have few leads in the murder. When another doctor from the same building is murdered, the wife of Dr. Becker seeks out a private investigator, Daniel Gallagher, to find the person, or persons, responsible for her husband's death. The police, particularly the lead investigator, Jack Hoskins, are not fond of Gallagher, an ex-cop, and are not willing to share crucial information on the case with the private investigator. Through his own cunning and expertise, Gallagher must sift through a series of clues and false leads to find the killer. After a third doctor from the same office complex is found dead, it becomes clear to Gallagher that the connection the three murder victims share is their partnership in the ownership of the medical building. When the police arrest a suspect and declare the case solved, Gallagher is the only one to question the arrest. With detective work that would make Perry Mason proud, Gallagher continues to search for the assailant. His investigation leads him to Washington, DC, Las Vegas, NV and his own backyard. Will he be able to find the killer before another doctor is murdered? Fatal Gamble is a quick reading thriller with crisp, easy writing that takes the reader directly into Gallagher's world. There are several unexpected twists and turns in the story that keep both Gallagher and the reader guessing. O'Donnell expertly guides the reader into the underworld dealings in both Washington and Las Vegas while avoiding all the dry, dull irrelevant background text that many authors incorporate into their stories. With short, concise chapters, it is tempting to "read just one more chapter" before putting the book down for the night. Alas, for this reviewer, that "one more chapter" became two, then three, and then ten or twenty more chapters. It was a hard book to put down. Quill says: If you're looking for a great "who dun it?" book, pick up Fatal Gamble.
Jim-Tucson More than 1 year ago
Easy to read. The short chapters make it easy to pick up and put down.Read the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy to read. Creative plot that moves quickly and interesting characters. Great touches of Boston and surrounding suburbs. Looking forward to the next one.
Passionatereader More than 1 year ago
I was very impressed with the writing of this book. I was drawn in and unable to put it down until I was finished reading it. Fatal Gamble has everything... suspense, mystery and excitement, a real page turner. I definitely recommend this book. Read it! You will love it!
westbury-bookworm More than 1 year ago
very enjoyable book that reads quickly. great descriptions of characters who felt very real to me. i liked that i was familiar with many of the places where the story takes place...many local to the boston area. perfect for a plane trip or day at the beach.