Deal to Die for: A John Deal Mystery #3
by Les Standiford free at Apple, $.99 elsewhere.
This suspenseful third John Deal crime thriller from Standiford finds the Miami building contractor tangling with Chinese gangsters who are trying to move in on a scheme hatched by two Hollywood porno magnates to create X-rated films for the huge mainland Chinese market. Deal already has troubles enough?his wife, Janice, has sunk into a deep depression over the serious burns she suffered in last yearís Raw Deal, and a close friend has apparently committed suicide, shortly after she has told her film-star sister, Paige Nobleman, that Paige was adopted. Deal and his tenant/pal, ex-cop Vernon Driscoll, begin investigating Paigeís birth and, eventually, the friendís death, following leads that take them directly into the porno scheme and the path of some deadly Chinese gang members.