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The Last Call: A Bill Travis Mystery (Anglais) Broché – 29 octobre 2012

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Bill Travis believes that he may not live the most exciting of lives, yet when Julie Simmons steals two million dollars from North Texas quarter horse racer and illegal liquor baron Archie Carpin, the last of a dynasty of criminals from the 1920's, thus ensues a chase across the Lone Star State to recover the money. Carpin's cohorts may seem simple-minded, yet their penchant for sniper rifles and high-explosives makes for a reckless and deadly quarry. Yet, through all this action the compelling tale of another mystery--the 80-year unclosed missing-persons file of a U.S. Marshall--begins to unravel.

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I like thrillers a lot and read voraciously whenever I find one. As I started this, I liked the tone of writing. However, as the storyline unfolded, everything became too amateurish. The backstory of the gang was not intriguing enough, the protagonist's falling in love with the girl and the stream of troubles all seemed too forced. It was hard to keep the focus and the reader's interest within me alive. Overall, I believe the writer needs a lot more brushing up to do.
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I loved it! Refreshing, with a lot of folklore. Not unlike a "modern western". Lots of thrills. A very promising new series.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Complex, Intricate Thriller 9 avril 2016
Par Trulia Smith - Publié sur
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Trouble calls in the form of a client called Julie Simmons. Bill Travis can just feel it in his bones, but there’s something greater than logic—it’s called sex. So instead of turning away her, her wild tale of gangs, ill-begotten gains, and the men chasing her, he lets the brain located below his belt do his thinking and tries to help.

THE LAST CALL by George Wier is a smart, intricate mystery. I have no idea how Mr. Wier kept the details straight, but he did and that’s an achievement in itself. The fact that he made it entertaining ramps it into stupendous. What I’m saying is that you’re gonna have to put on your thinking cap for this one, folks. So if you prefer a light, breezy read, this is not the story for you. However, there’s way more to THE LAST CALL than just using your noodle, so I say go for it!

This story hinges on Julie Simmons’ sex appeal, and how long she can string a fella along using just that. According to this story, “forever” would be the time frame. Since this obsessive, lusty dynamic between Travis and Simmons is the the glue that keeps the wheels on this go kart, I was intrigued and a little mystified by this actually happening. I can honestly say, I’ve never had Julie’s problem. If I’m lucky, someone gives me a seat on the subway, and it’s usually because I’m ill and looking like I’ll pass out at any moment and not for any prurient reason. But I am making note of Julie’s prowess. I think being able to control men by arching a brow is an awesome superpower that I’d like to have in my next life … but back to the story.

Like I said, everything pretty much oozes out from this sexy, soft center and the book takes on a kind of retro cool. As for Mr. Wier’s writing, it’s spectacular. Love the descriptions and flow of the words. There’s plenty of atmosphere and the phrases are just plain evocative. Love me an author that can write evocative! Oh, and did I mention the humor? Yes, in between the thrills, narrow escapes, and dead bodies, there’s plenty of wit and very dry one-liners. In fact, a lot of the characters that wind up dead have one handy to deliver as they’re giving up the ghost. Not a bad way to go out, actually.

I very much enjoyed the book. It was a different kind of story, original, and very well told. The only thing I didn’t like was that there was a pattern that you’ll catch onto pretty quickly. Because you catch onto it early on, the event acting as the climax for these scenes has to capture our attention since we know one’s coming. I thought at least one of two could have been cut without disturbing the story. It would have broken up the repetition, but, hey, that’s me. I’m sure other readers would like one of two added.

If you’re into old school private eyes who would do anything for the ladies, THE LAST CALL is for you. It conjures up Texas and images of the strong, silent type just aching to do a lady a favor … or two … or three. I think you’ll enjoy—especially the twist at the end. It was unexpected and I appreciated the flourish. I think you’ll also enjoy yelling at Travis not to trust Julie. I know I was and, man, the other passengers on the subway were sure surprised. Was I right in my opinion? Or was I just bitter and jealous about not being a vixen goddess? You get to find that one out on your own.

I’m rating this 4.6 stars.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent 26 février 2016
Par Shelly Barren - Publié sur
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In the not so distant past I worked at a few book stores. A problem I ran into frequently was finding books for teen boys. The YA market is flooded with books meant solely for girls. Boys have always been a harder sell when it comes to reading and publishers haven't made it an easier job, especially when they have flooded the teen market with paranormal romance.

So recommendations for teen boys often meant I would recommend The Hunger Games. Unfortunately many guys aren't too keen on reading a book in which the main character is a girl, no matter how good the story is. So after going through the other 5 or 6 good teen guy books I could think of I would often recommend a book in the general fiction and literature section, but parents often fear that their children will encounter questionable subject matter. Which they may, but they should also remember many of the books their children read in school are found in the fiction and literature not the teen section.

This is a great book for anyone looking for a mystery

It was a quick read. I got through it in about a day and a half. I would recommend this book for anyone over the age of 13.Read more ›
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Lotsof Thrills! 23 avril 2014
Par Kindle Customer - Publié sur
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Hang on to your (cowboy) hat for this one!

Take one investment counselor with lots of friends (who also have friends) and one client who just can't seem to quit lying to said investment counselor as he tries to help her. Stir in one (at least) client who the investment counselor got out of major trouble with the IRS -- and can't forget the dog! -- and you've got a whopper of a story that just doesn't quit!

Shoot em up, explode em up, car chases, the FBI, many Texas sheriffs (at least one for each county these folks visit!) and, of course, the dog (her name is Dingo, btw!). Two little girls without families.

This is fun with a capital F. And mystery with a capital M. When does the lying stop and the truth begin? How on earth do these characters drink so much coffee/beer/booze?

I had to keep turning pages (Kindle version) because I couldn't wait to see what happens next. Good sign of an excellent yarn! I cannot wait to read more of Mr. Wier's Bill Travis series!
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Intriguing just enough 3 octobre 2014
Par M.M. aka Naila Moon - Publié sur
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I picked up this book from Amazon thinking it would be a nice thriller book without all the blood and guts that I simply don't like. Well, it wasn't exactly thriller but certainly mystery as the book says on the cover.

I was a bit drawn in to this mystery girl, Julie. She seemed just like some people whom I have met before. She tells you just enough to intrigue you and keep you going but not enough to keep you out of getting into a mess. I was surprised to find out whom she was connected to at the end.

I kept wondering why the main character, Bill kept going even after she gets him into some hot water including almost getting killed a few times. I suppose like all things it is love. Hmmm?

The book was kind of like Julie and Bill, just enough to intrigue me and keep me going to read it but yet wondering why I am. It seemed slow in some parts but in others I was all in. Yes, it had its mysterious 80 year old case wrapped up with a little gun fight and dynamite!

In truth, I would have liked to see a little bit more "thrill" and maybe even a bit more mystery as that was mild in my mind, but overall, I liked this book. This was the authors first book in a series and I am sure his others will be good too.

He gets 4 stars from me.

Disclosure: I purchased this book on Kindle for my own collections.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 A well-done, but fairly violent tale of Texas present and past, with $2 million in the balance 9 janvier 2017
Par Donald A. Coffin - Publié sur
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Bill Travis is an “investment advisor”—he helps people with too much cash or too little cash (but with sufficient resources) deal with their problems. Julie Simmons’ problem is a little different—she has $300, no other resources. But she does know where $2 million, in cash. Has been hidden. The cash belongs to Archie Carpin, the remaining member of a family of Texas bootleggers (among other shady activities, dating back to the 1920s. Travis’s hormones, rather than his better judgment, take over, and he agrees to help her (a) recover the money and (b) avoid the consequences which means (c) somehow neutralizing Carpin and his minions.

This is the sort of book I can’t read a steady diet of. The violence level is too high for me, and the ability of our protagonist to avoid the legal consequences of his actions requires me to suspend a bit too much disbelief. (I have similar issues with, for example, Robert Parker’s Spenser books, with Robert Crais’ Elvis Cole/Joe Pike books. With Harlan Coben’s Myron Bolitar/Win Horne books, with John D. McDonald’s Travis McGee books, and more.) So I read them sparingly.

Weir never quite makes clear how Travis deals with his (normal) clients’ issues, but I at least presume that some of what he does nears the line between aggressive asset management and, ah, fraud. And we don’t, in the end, find out how the $2 million is disposed of. We do, on the other hand, get a fairly fast-paced trip which takes us from Austin to rural northern Texas, with help from Travis’s friend Hank and Hank’s friend Duke, with Hank’s dog Dingo also making an important contribution. We also meet Ms. Coleeta and her son Lawrence (a barbecue legend), and Keesha, the young girl whose drug-addicted mother does not make it to the finish line. In fact, by the end, there’s enough pain to make everyone think twice about getting out of bed the next morning.

But Travis—our narrator as well as our protagonist—is a good guide through the events, and Weir makes Texas, present and past come alive. I will read more of the books in the series, because this one is, of its type, excellent. But not just yet.
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