Jake Barnes, a retired (Albany, NY) police detective, is convinced that Dr. Bernard Johns killed at least two women he was dating, but Jake was forced to retire for health reasons and his daughter worries his wanting to pursue Johns will jeopardize his health. When Jake finds someone willing to hire him to investigate, he learns the job comes with a young assistant who is likely to be more trouble than she's worth. Can Jake prove Dr. Johns' guilty or will the suspect get away with yet another murder?
|Publisher:||Expendable Man Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Peter G. Pollak has been a journalist, educator and entrepreneur. In the Game is his fourth self-published novel. His first was The Expendable Man (2011) a political thriller set in Turkmenistan and the U.S.; Making the Grade (2012) is a police procedural featuring a rookie female police detective; and Last Stop on Desolation Ridge (2013) is a suspense.
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In the Game: An Albany Murder Mystery based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Jake Barnes is a retired Albany, NY police officer. Not that he really wanted to retire. A less than terrific heart sent him packing. His wife just recently died after a long bout with cancer, and his daughter and young grandson have moved in with him since she divorced her husband. Jake loves doing things with his grandson and has tried the golf game route, but he still has too much time on his hands. When he sees a newspaper article about an untimely death of a woman traveler, he also recognizes a familiar name. One of the travelers in this trip was Dr. Bernard Johns, who was a suspect in an unsolved case involving another women's untimely death. At that time, Jake was still a policeman and had been convinced that Dr. Johns was guilty. Now Jake will do whatever it takes to get back IN THE GAME. This is a refreshingly documented case that follows Jack's getting back into action. Getting his PI's liscence, convincing someone to fund his search, and following all his actions to find clues, evidence, and witnesses to solve this case, makes for a terrifically driven read. Along the way, he picks up a young helper who could be a liability or a real help. It was great fun following along with Jake's discoveries and thought processes. Reminded me of the good old fashioned, straight forward mystery books that begin with a Private Investigator and a seemingly simple case, that turning into tense drama. Could be the beginning of a great series---let's hope!!
I have been fortunate to read all of Peter Pollak’s excellent mystery novels from, “The Expendable Man,” (his first book), “In the Game,” “Making the Grade,” and, “Last Stop on Desolation Ridge.” I have to; he’s my brother! And, he is older and bigger than I! Lol Regardless, each book has left me with a sense of pride. Yes of course because Peter is my brother, but more so because the books are quite honestly, good reads. Each book has a unique theme but they all have one common aspect which really appeals to me, Peter “gets the hook” in early. These are not those typical mystery novels that plod along trying one’s patience. The plots’ move quickly and the twists and turns keep one guessing until... Though I enjoyed each book, my favorite is “Last Stop on Desolation Row.” The story takes place in Gloversville, NY; a little town north of Albany, NY, where, the Pollaks were raised! But beyond being able to relate to that, this one suspenseful ride which Peter expertly ties together up and through its surprising conclusion. Pick up any of one of Peter Pollak’s books. You will be glad that you did.