The Johnny Casino Casebooks - Past Imperfect
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The Johnny Casino Casebook 1 - Past Imperfect
is a series of short stories told in the
most past in chronological order. They start
three years after Johnny inherits money from
a client and retires from the private detective
business. He moves to Logjam, CA, a fictional
town in the mountains above Los Angeles,
but for Johnny, things can get complicated,
like the two dead mobsters he has to explain
as his past starts to catch up with him in
"You Can Only Die Twice."
He solves the case, but ends up explaining
to the sheriff, a friend, about his past
in "The Family Business." It takes us back to his Mafia roots in New
When Johnny started out as a P.I., he billed
himself as "Johnny Casino - Hollywood
Detective. Johnny tells the sheriff another
story about the first big movie star who
sought his help in "Masks."
"Hot Ice" brings us back to the present when Johnny
helps an aging star who currently rents his
big house in L.A. find out why someone has
been stalking her for decades. The Iris Sherwood
character and her inimitable butler pop up
in several cases.
It is during "Strange Bedfellows" that Johnny finally gets back into the detective
business. He is asked by a philandering senator
to find out what happened to his missing
intern. It isn't what you think.
"Just Like Old Times" gets him mixed up in a sting with a batch
of old Hollywood actors who need to return
a dead body to the actual killer.
"Past Grievances" brings back a character from Johnny's other
past, when he was a P.I. the first time.
Somebody is killing off people from his present
"That's What Friend's Are For" has Johnny and Sheriff Donn Tyler from Logjam,
CA, tracking down the sheriff's errant wife.
The outcome isn't good, so on the ride back
to Logjam, Johnny tells Donn how he got into
the detective business in a revealing reversal
of fortune story entitled "High Maintenance."
"The Widow" takes Johnny to Miami when his "wife"
asks for money to keep her mouth shut. Only
thing, Johnny doesn't have a wife.
As you go through all these stories, you
learn more and more about Johnny, and he
learns things about himself. But by the end
of this book, after he solves the last case
and is putting this one particular person
on a plane back to Italy, he gets the distinct
feeling there is more to his past than he
knows and the last thing he wonders is: Who the hell am I?
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My name is Johnny Casino. I'm a retired P.I.
with a past. I just hope it doesn't catch
up with me. Before I went legit, I ran numbers
in Jersey for Big Louie "Fingers" D'Abruzzo
and then busted heads in Miami for Big Eddie
"Mambo" Fontaine. But at the ripe
old age of twenty-four, Little Johnny beat
a hasty retreat to L.A. when somebody slipped
the cops a hot tip and all of a sudden I
became the fall guy for the Mob.