Sunday, June 4, 2017
Rosalie Marx in Missing, by Robert S. Levinson
This is the second time Levinson has made it into my column. A lot of his stories are about fixers in Hollywood in the Studio Era. This time we go to Las Vegas and the 1970s.
Vincent Riverbend is a private eye who works with Joyce Ryan, the daughter of his late partner from his days as a cop. And their client is a casino mobster named Nick Simone. Not the ideal customer but he wanted them so they didn't have much choice: "Simone wasn't somebody who ever took no for an answer. Ask anyone who tried it, if you can find them."
Turns out the granddaughter of Simone's boss has been performing at the casino. Turns out she's gone missing. And if Riverbend and Ryan can't get her back a whole lot of nasty thugs are going to be upset.
But life is not that simple. There are wheels within wheels, and when the roulette wheel stops spinning there will be a lot of surprises. Very satisfying tale.