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    John Holt(Author)

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The name’s Daniels, Jack Daniels – just like the whiskey you know. I’m a Private Detective. And I can’t help butting my nose into other people’s business. It’s what I do. You get used to it. It becomes a way of life almost. After a while it comes natural to you, automatic, like breathing, or eating, although not quite as enjoyable. It’s a habit that I just can’t break. I just can’t help it. But sometimes it can lead you into trouble .....I’m not a gambling man. I mean life’s one big gamble ain’t it. The odds are stacked against you, you just can’t win.You know there are some people who will do anything to make sure that they win, even if it means eliminating anyone or anything that stands in your way. They only bet on a sure thing .... A DEAD CERTAINTY.Life's a gamble, but some people only bet on A DEAD CERTAINTYHave you ever noticed that things aren’t always what they seem. Life will always throw you a curved ball when you least expect it. We see only what we expect to see, and sometimes we could be in for a big surprise. And I sure got a surprise I can tell you, in spades. A surprise that lead to blackmail and murder. That’s when I really got .... TROUBLE IN MIND.

Born in 1943 in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire. I currently live in Essex with my wife, Margaret, and my daughter Elizabeth. For many years I was a Chartered Surveyor, until I retired in 2008. I had always wanted to write a novel but could never think of a good enough plot. I started to write my first novel, The Kammersee Affair, in September 2005, and it was published in December 2006. It was inspired by a holiday in the Austrian lake district. We were staying in Grundlsee. The next lake, Toplitzsee, was used by the Germans during the war to test rockets, and torpedoes. There were rumours of gold hidden in that lake. Despite extensive searches the gold was never found. In my book, however, it is found, only in the next lake, Kammersee. The books that followed, The Mackenzie File, The Marinski Affair, Epidemic,and A Killing In The City all feature Tom Kendall, a down to earth private detective. In August 2012 I decided to go down the self published route, and formed by own publishing brand PHOENIX. As a complete change to my usual genre, "The Thackery Journal" is a "What If" novel regarding the assassination of Lincoln. It was published in August 2013.

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  • PDF | 234 pages
  • John Holt(Author)
  • CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (19 April 2015)
  • English
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  • Crime, Thrillers & Mystery

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  • By Lyn Hickey on 19 January 2016

    Love PI novels and this was no exception. Jack Daniels is a witty and likable PI, good stories which I thoroughly enjoyed. We need more like this !

  • By G. McCullough on 13 May 2015

    As a fan of John Holt's Tom Kendall I looked forward to his new series about Jack Daniels (what a marvellous name for a hardboiled PI!) and I certainly wasn't disappointed. These 3 hardboiled novellas have everything the genre needs – a PI who likes to drink and who likes women, but who takes the moral high ground continually. In the first novella of these, The Candy Man, PI Jack Daniels sees a young woman almost faint in the street just in front of him, and he can't resist rushing to her aid. But when he hears her story, and sets out to help, he soon finds himself up to his eyes in trouble. And who is the Candy Man, the drug dealer in chief? The plot twists and turns very engagingly before we find out. An excellent start to the new series.The second novella, A Dead Certainty, (excellent, punning title, by the way!) takes Jack to a racing stable where favourites are being nobbled and stable lads and lasses are having accidents. No gambler himself, ('The only certainties are death and taxes,' he quotes), Jack still decides to take on the case. It doesn't take the clever PI too long to decide who is the villain and what is the motive – but then it seems that he must have been wrong. With as many twists and turns as a roller coaster, and a detective you will grow to really love as the series develops, this is a must read. The resemblance to Dick Francis is only in the subject matter, but adds to the pleasure for me. John Holt has created a new and very likeable detective.The third Jack Daniels novella, Trouble in Mind, is a real treat! In the first two books, Jack has just completed some work for a customer, Mrs Amanda Walker, when he is distracted by another client before sending in his bill. Now, at last, we get to see what happens when he finally sends it in – and, lo and behold, the client he met isn't Amanda Walker at all. And the woman Jack dealt with has been murdered! A fascinating story, with the extra zing of the connection to the first two books in the start. Jack works cleverly with the help of the barman Jerry ('Do I look like an Information Bureau?') and Detective Frank Bates, both of whom, like us, have become attached to Jack Daniels during the previous books. Jack sorts out the complicated plot and brings the villain to justice with great success, to our complete satisfaction. The characters, not just Jack himself, are becoming more and more interesting with every book as we get to know them better. This is what I really enjoy in any series. And the plots are definitely first rate. Roll on, Jack Daniels!

  • By Juliet B Madison on 15 June 2015

    This book introduces us to Jack Daniels, a New York PI.Daniels is direct, quick thinking and engaging. John Holt's style made me feel like Daniels was talking directly to me. Due to this you really feel involved in the cases he is investigating.This volume contains the three Jack Daniels PI novellas to date and is a very good place to start reading as it will leave you waiting with baited breath for the next one.Candy ManDaniels rescues a young woman in a precarious situation, only to find that not everything is as it seems. Who can he really trust and will he weed out the truth from a web of lies?Dead CertaintyJack Daniels is called in by a leading race horse stable owner to investigate a series of "accidents." Daniels isn't a betting man, but the prospect of a weekend in the country is enough of an incentive for him to take the case. Once there, he has to find out the truth and when a murder complicates things further you can only admire his reasoning and quick resolution to the case.Trouble in Mind.When the body of a woman is found in Battery Park Jack Daniels is intrigued when the victim appears to be his wealthy client, Amanda Walker.Daniels is drawn into a case of adultery, mistaken identity and blackmail, but can he get to the bottom of it and find the truth?Jack Daniels is very different from John Holt's other private Eye creation, Tom Kendall, but no less engaging. I have read all of John Holt's books now and always look forward to the next one.Highly recommended!.

  • By Bookworm on 26 April 2015

    I’ve read and enjoyed all of this author’s previous detective novels and this collection of three novellas is no exception. The individual plots are clever, the dialogue witty and there are enough twists to keep this new private detective on his toes. An enjoyable collection and a great introduction to what I hope will be the first of many ‘Jack Daniels’ adventures.Recommended to readers of mystery and hard-boiled, noir.

  • By Graham of Watton on 2 December 2016

    ‘Jack Daniels – Casebook’ is a collection of three short stories (or ‘novellas’) staring private investigator Jack Daniels. Although they aren’t badly written, I found all of them rather lightweight and undemanding, but other readers may well like the author’s uncomplicated, innocent, style. Certainly Daniels is not the brightest investigator in crime fiction – one gets the impression that is not a particularly bright fellow who eventually stumbles on the solutions to these mysteries. My preference is for crime fiction where either the plot or the characters – and preferably both – are cleverer and have rather more substance, and the writing has more of an edge. In an overcrowded market, this collection seems average at best. However, it is the sort of crime fiction you could recommend to a young teenager, who may also may like the easy-going, chatty style of the narrative of these rather gentle stories.

  • By kev dilks on 6 May 2015

    Superb set of stories featuring a great new character p I jack daniels well written clever story lines try a john holt novel you won't be disappointed.kev dilks.

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