Last Call
J.D. Seamus
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Last Call
J.D. Seamus
Capital Press
304 pages
September 2008
rated 3 of 5 possible stars

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Transplanted Southerner Nathan Melton is new to the New York City bar scene and none too happy by the “unusual” folks he comes across socially. When he discovers “Jimmie’s” only a block away from his apartment building, it’s no wonder he finds himself a home away from home. It isn’t long before Nathan befriends the well-connected barkeep, Jimmie, and finds himself accepted by the tavern regulars who make up Jimmie’s extended family. With his ill wife and handicapped daughter safely tucked away in a Florida home for the disabled, Jimmie takes good care of his friends.

When Jimmie himself becomes terminally ill, his friends promise to help retrieve his slightly ill-gained fortune, concealed in offshore accounts, for the continued care of his wife and child. But soon after the man’s death, it becomes blatantly clear the money is gone. Risking their own safety and thwarting mob connections, this motley crew bungles their way into the underworld. But will they recover the cash?

Last Call is J.D. Seamus’ first novel. While the story is fun and intriguing, Seamus dialog and attempted humor sometimes leaves the reader feeling like the outsider to an inside joke. However, practice makes perfect, and Seamus apparently has more works on the way including a sequel. He is definitely not to be counted out.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Niki Schoenfeldt, 2008

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