Skin Game (Sin City Investigation #2) (Paperback)
PI Jim Bean should walk out that door and let the Vegas bouncer do his worst. That's what an ordinary man would do. But nobody ever accused Jim Bean of being ordinary.
Private investigator Jim Bean has worked hard to create his new identity in Vegas. He doesn't have a great life, but it's his. When his ex-fianc e Erica Floyd walks into one of his investigations looking for her missing sister, the tragic past he wanted to leave behind comes flooding back.
Despite serious reservations, Jim agrees to search for Erica's sister. Clues lead him to a human trafficking ring and one of Vegas's most influential mobsters. Unless Jim can face the ghosts of his past, the anger of his present, and a new enemy out for his blood, four women will suffer a fate worse than death.
Praise for Skin Game:
"With one foot in the classic PI tradition and the other in the new age, Skin Game is no roll of the dice. J.D. Allen delivers a smart, fast-paced book that will keep the reader on edge from start to finish."--Reed Farrel Coleman, New York Times bestselling author of What You Break
"Skin Game is a very solid adventure through the Las Vegas underworld."--Crimespree Magazine
"Skin Game never tries to be more than it is, and that works in its favor. Instead, fully engaging with the expected tropes, Allen turns the novel into something akin to comfort food for those who enjoy this type of story. That is important and will surely make fans of classic PI novels place Allen on their radar and keep an eye out for whatever she does next."--Criminal Element
Praise for 19 Souls, Book 1 of the Sin City Investigation series:
" Allen's] plotting and pacing will keep you up long after Proust and Henry James have rocked you to sleep. Stay tuned for a series that promises many, many more troubled dreams."--Kirkus Reviews
"Bean's inner and outer dialogue is quick, snappy, and authentic to the profession. The pace is earnest, as leads, tips, and information eventually congeal into answers; final pages are highly suspenseful and dramatic. 19 Souls introduces a memorable PI, grappling with a past he's not reconciled to."--Foreword Reviews
"Overall, a must read for thriller fans and perhaps the best PI story we have read this year so far."--Mystery Tribune
"19 Souls is one terrific read. With a great plot, engaging characters, and a crackling voice, this book has everything. I dare you to put it down after you start reading."--John Gilstrap, New York Times bestselling author
"The setup is so good, and the characters so hard to look away from...All in all, a fine thriller."--Booklist
"Twisty, authentic, and constantly surprising JD Allen nails her debut with this top-notch thriller--it's gritty, smart and irresistible."--Hank Phillippi Ryan, nationally bestselling author
About the Author
J.D. Allen (Raleigh, NC) earned a degree in forensic anthropology and creative writing from Ohio State University. She's also taught other writers on a variety of topics, including the basics of crime scene investigation and the art of public speaking.