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LUCKY STIFF by Deborah Coonts

LUCKY STIFF

By Deborah Coonts

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-7653-2544-0
Publisher: Forge

A prize fight, a pop star and a virginity auction. Could we be anywhere else but Las Vegas?

It’s an ordinary week at the Babylon, Vegas’s glitziest hotel. All Lucky O’Toole, head of Customer Relations, has to deal with are an entomology conference after half the bees buzzed off when their transport overturned, a middleweight title fight that marks the last hurrah of a boxer with 15 kids and counting, a naked D.A. lurking in a laundry closet while his wife and an odds-maker entertain themselves in Room 12410, and her boyfriend Teddie heading to Los Angeles to jump-start his music career by signing on as the opening act for pop tart Reza Pashiri. Sure, there are problems, but nothing compared to the brouhaha that ensues when the odds-maker, Numbers Neidermeyer, becomes the late-night snack in the hotel’s shark pool and Lucky’s assistant’s lover, a local p.i., becomes the main suspect. Along the way, Lucky gets one guy off the hook for murder, watches the D.A.’s wife take a header off the hotel roof and decides to keep silent about a frame-up she knows happened but can’t prove.

Lots of sex and booze, and perhaps half-a-dozen too many mentions of Lucky’s Hermès Birkin handbag, but this installment is as lively and endearingly wacky as Wanna Get Lucky? (2010).