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No Dice: A Detective Dave Mason Mystery Book I

(Detective Dave Mason Mystery #1)

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Billions of dollars in potential casino profits can turn the nicest people ugly. Even in an upscale beach city like Santa Monica A gaming goliath is steamrolling local opposition and build a glitzy high-rise casino on the shoreline. A real whodunit confronts Santa Monica Police Department homicide detective Dave Mason when a crucial city councilwoman is murdered on the eve ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 3rd 2010 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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John Byk
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A little tough to follow at times but the original use of language and powerful dialogue is fresh, brusque and surprising at times.
Buck Weber
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyable read, particularly since it was centered in the city I was born in. Detective Mason is a mess, but what cop isn't when you really dig deep down. Preston did a great job of melding the science of crime investigation with the history of the issue and its impact on the city.
Clark Lohr
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
No Dice is a good read that goes beyond entertainment and into literary territory.

In No Dice we see an anti-casino city councilwoman murdered the night before a big vote on whether or not to put a gambling casino in the middle of Santa Monica, California.

Why would you the reader believe or care about this scenario? Google says there are three gambling casinos within seven miles of Santa Monica, California. Gambling interests have, no doubt, attempted to set up shop in Santa Monica, a beach town
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Nicole Henke
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
i am totally shocked that this is the author's FIRST novel! It is such a fast paced who-dun-it, that I would have thought she had 5 or 6 books under her belt! Guess being a creative writing teacher really DOES give you the writing chops!

You will be hooked from the first chapter of the tight story. Her characters are lively, true to life and you can't beat real life for giving you an excellent backdrop to base a story on! The story has lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing. Even if you gu
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Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Welcome to Raymond Chandler’s world! Same city. Same gambler’s game. Same mayhem. Except it’s a new era with its own intrigues – and murder. Ms. Preston has caught the feel of the issues and the politics with authenticity and fresh insight. She not only unravels a political murder in the “people’s republic” but reveals the internal machinations of grass roots organizing with an eye only an insider could know and in a town so small the players all know each other. She helps us understand how conf ...more
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Great police procedural mystery! It is very well written and the characters are developed enough to be real people, not cardboard cut outs or walking clichés. the mystery was good enough to follow along and kept me guessing til the end who was the killer!
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I came to writing fiction late in life and am surprised to find myself the author of six semi hard-boiled police procedurals featuring Detective Dave Mason of the Santa Monica Police Department, No Dice, Rip-Off, On Behalf of the Family, and A Very Private High School. The Most Dangerous of Species is the latest. came out in 2017.

I write a second series set in a tranquil California mountain villa
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