||Feb 22, 2006
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The Deal Master grabs you and takes you for a haunting ride, twisting and turning beyond murder and betrayal, past seduction and desire, and straight through to its shocking ending.
In New York City, women with red hair are being brutally murdered. Detective William Gillette and his team are on the case, but they remain clueless until a curious stranger proposes a series of tempting deals - an exchange of sorts - that will help solve the crimes.
Gillette accepts the offer and plunges into the game. One deal after the next, he draws closer to the killer. But each deal comes with a price. Soon, the detective finds himself in a dark hole - one he can't get out of without striking the ultimate deal. Is the Deal Master Gillette's savior, or his worst nightmare?
The Deal Master breaks through the barrier of the traditional suspense tale and plunges into the realm of thriller-chiller.
He used ropes prepared with slip knots and quickly bound her hands and her ankles. Next, he pulled a small piece of duct tape from his pocket and pressed it tightly over her mouth. Then he flipped her over onto her back. He stood up and looked down at her. He smiled. She was totally helpless, completely unprotected, and she was his.
Tears streamed down the sides of her face through eyes wide with terror, and she shook uncontrollably. She fought hard against her restraints and the ropes cut into her wrists and ankles causing them to bleed. Her shoulders, thrust backwards under her, began to ache and her full weight pressed on her arms, constricting her circulation and numbing the fingers of her hands.
New Mystery Reader
“Three warnings: (1) Never let your grandma read this work; (2) Never start reading this book late in the night—you will lose a good night’s sleep; (3) If you don’t heed warning number two, leave the lights on when you go to sleep. This is a horror thriller, a psychological thriller, a whodunit, and a wonderful mystical thriller all rolled into one, providing a wonderful, wonderful read.”
—Narayan Radhakrishnan, New Mystery Reader
Gerard F. Bianco is a Brooklyn, New York born writer who was raised among the smoky pool halls, Italian social clubs and Irish bars. This atmosphere was the inspirational influence which sparked his book “The Deal Master.”
Mr. Bianco took me on a trip through terror. Right from the start, Gerard brought me onto a scene of a woman that was brutally murdered, a very graphic murder that included a strange sexual twist. As the story progressed, women were being mutilated and murdered, but the lead detective on the case, William Gillette, had clues but no suspects. The horror mounted with every chapter as Detective Gillette follows one dead end after another and the web of intrigue just seems to be getting bigger with every victim. All the victims had particular characteristics and all were killed in a similar sadistic fashion. They were killed in a very strange and cruel way to say the least. Along the way Gillette has his own life struggles with an ex-wife, his job and some very interesting and dangerous encounters; but manages to sift through it all and enjoy some amorous moments too.
“The Deal Master” continued to keep me guessing every step of the way to the grand finale. This book is a thriller. A well written Who-Done-It that kept my eyes glued to its 249 pages. I thoroughly enjoyed “The Deal Master” from the first page to the last. It had all the ingredients that a good mystery novel should have and then some. Mr. Bianco has excelled in this fine work and I can do no more than to give “The Deal Master” my best A+ rating. If you are a mystery buff, this is one volume you will want for your library.
__William Phenn for Reader Views
"An edge-of-your-seat, leave-the-light-on mystery."
__Kate Irish Collins, writer for The Current newspaper.
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