1948. LAS VEGAS. JOHNNY FLAMINGO COMES TO TOWN AND NOIR NEVER LOOKED SO DARK.
When a drifter arrives in 1948 Las Vegas, he finds a local casino overrun by two feuding factions of the same organized crime outfit. Looking for trouble and profit, he decides to play both sides against each other. After all, it is a city made for gambling. But will the dimwitted mafiosi prove too clever for him? And will this anchorless, morally flexible drifter let his emotions get in his way?
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Right at the beginning, you are hooked. I just couldn't put it down. A coin toss determines if you go east or west. 1948 Vegas where mobsters are fighting for the control of power & gambling. You have gun shots, fights, drinking, and interesting characters. A drifter at first seems to be looking for a job but is there more to him? Loved the characters names like Fat Head, Meatheads, Little Benny and Lou. This noir worth reading if you loved Raymond Chandler style! Enjoy.
This book took me by surprise. Slow at first, like a good drink, it ended with a kick in the pants. Johnny Flamingo is the quintessential noire anti-hero. When he walks into 1940s Las Vegas, he quickly comes across a creaky casino run by two men with very different ideas. Out to make a little cash and whole lot of trouble, Flamingo lights the flames between the two parties just in time for the casino's grand reopening. Throw in some guns, whiskey and women, and this is one week Las Vegas will never forget.
Downloaded this and rocketed through it. Loved the dialogue and characters. This time period in Vegas is so interesting and its fun to see a fictional portrayal of the mob in sin city. The antihero is relatable, funny, vicious, and hard drinking: perfect noir characteristics. Worth it.
Edgar J. Rossi combines the best aspects of true, classic noir with the seedy beginnings of 1948 Las Vegas. His character is everything a noir reader would want - a good guy turned bad by the way now drifting from town to town bringing the dark clouds with him. If you are looking for a book in the vein of Hammett and Chandler, then this would be an excellent choice. A quick and fun roller coaster of a read. Every chapter is action packed and brings the reader to the stunning conclusion.