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Las Vegas casino owner, Alberto Minnelli, has everything a man could want; wealth, power, family, friends, and a woman he loves. The only thing he needs that he can’t buy, is time. He finds there are still three people on his list, his nephew, Michael Bart, whom he raised as a son, his beautiful, young, talented Director of Entertainment, Alexandra Merritt, and Dr. Zachary Peters. Before it’s too late, Alberto wants to care for two of them, and he intends to kill the third.
When Alexandra Merritt inherits a Las Vegas casino worth three hundred million dollars her life is turned upside down. While trying to learn every phase of the operation, she has to contend with a wild variety of Vegas visitors. There are egomaniac movie stars, ambitious stand-up comics, thieves, coked-up athletes, and a fabulously beautiful blonde with two things on her mind–becoming a movie star and murdering everyone who gets in her way. When Nikki sets her sights on Alex, the feisty redhead has to scramble. The life she has to save, is her own.
From their childhood home in a small Tennessee town to the stages of Las Vegas, ambitious Earleen Jameson guides the career of her talented and beautiful granddaughter, Special. Earleen will do anything to make Special a star, including murder. Unknowingly helping Earleen is Alexandra Merritt, owner of the Las Vegas Desert Flower Hotel and Casino. She has a lifetime habit of taking in strays, both animal and human. This time, she befriends the Jameson women and soon begins to suspect she might be sheltering a killer. Can she and her lover, Las Vegas homicide cop, Sam Howard, find the truth before another man finds Special fatally attractive?
It’s National Finals Rodeo week in Las Vegas, and even more people than usual are traveling to Sin City in hopes of fulfilling their dreams. There’s Sonny Monroe, a country music superstar clinging to the edge of disaster. Ferlin and Patsy want to be married by an Elvis impersonator. Lil’bit Meade wants to win the barrel racing title. Charles Driscoll is starting a new job and wants to prove he has what it takes. Sandy Novarro plans on winning the Megabucks jackpot. Inquizitor, the meanest bull in rodeo, wants the chance to kill another human being. When one of the new arrivals winds up dead, casino owner Alexandra Merritt and homicide detective Mike Simmons have a case to solve, and must do it before the suspects all leave town. There’s only one murderer, but everyone involved will find that it’s a Rough Ride in Vegas. Donna read more
Entertainer Robert Clarkson wakes up in a strange bedroom with a bullet wound in his back and no memory of how it got there. His awkward investigation discovers that the younger brother the Army told him died in Iraq is home and has brought with him something the most powerful people in the world will kill to retrieve. When Robert involves his employer, Alexandra Merritt, owner of the Las Vegas Desert Flower Casino, she takes matters into her own hands. The beautiful, feisty redhead has connections of her own who don’t frighten easily, among them homicide cop, Sam Howard. It isn’t long before a professional killer regrets his attempts to harm people Alexandra loves.
In hopes of bringing the high rollers back to Downtown, Mayor Oscar Goodman plans to build a high-rise, glittering casino. He invests everything he has to buy the property and raises the rest of the money from old friends–friends he once defended in court. If his plan doesn’t succeed, he stands to lose more than his life savings.
On opening day, things go wrong, and those responsible wind up dead. Detectives Sam Howard and Jessica Chalmers begin to wonder…
Is the Mayor a possible victim, or is he the prime suspect?
“A sizzling Sin City whodunit.”
–Norm Clarke, Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist
“Thank heaven this isn’t true!!”
–Oscar Goodman, 3-term Mayor of Las Vegas, Attorney, Author, Actor and Restaurateur