Problem is, a month short of turning forty, Wally s gambling habit is worse than ever. In desperation, he turns to Frank Kagan, the family attorney who decades ago prepared the will for Wally s deceased father and founder of Sample Iced Tea.
Kagan calls on his old friend John Bekker for help, asking Bekker to babysit Wally and prevent him from gambling for thirty days in order to meet the court s requirements. The assignment proves tougher than anyone imagined, but Bekker is determined to clean Wally up at all costs even if it means facing down a killer.
Racing the clock until Wally s court appearance, Bekker finds himself in the middle of corporate greed and scandal and a deadly murder investigation, while trying to stay one step ahead of a crazed would-be killer who will definitely try again. And everything rests upon the very narrow shoulders of Wally Sample, who wants nothing more out of life than to find a winning scratch ticket and beat the odds.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-08-29
- Reviewer: Staff
Edgar-finalist Lamanda tickles the funny bone and touches the heart strings in his fifth John Bekker mystery (after 2015’s This Side of Midnight). The former police detective, who’s also a former alcoholic, takes on a babysitting job for an adult problem child, Wally Sample. Sample, a compulsive gambler and a mathematical whiz, stands to inherit $10 million and partnership in the Sample Iced Tea company, headquartered in White Plains, N.Y., if he can prove he hasn’t gambled for 30 days prior to his 40th birthday. Wally’s a handful, and Bekker decides to shape him up with the aid of his grown daughter, Regan, and Father Thomas, a psychiatrist at a treatment facility owned by the Catholic Church. Wally’s debts to various loan sharks and his five estranged siblings are roadblocks to be overcome, and when Wally’s house blows up, it’s apparent that someone will kill to keep him from claiming his inheritance. Bekker has to put his own life on the line in the desperate climax to this entertaining yarn. (Oct.)