Vintage Golden Age Mystery
Scavenger Hunt Category: Playing Cards
Date Finished: January 23, 2016
The first chapter started out a bit slow, feeling like Ballard was still writing for the pulps and padding out a word count, but the story picked up nicely thereafter. Casino owners and other Las Vegas interests attempt to keep the mob out of town, while Hollywood troubleshooter Bill Lennox tries to get his star actress and her brother out of trouble. This character carries over from Black Mask magazine. Unfortunately, most of those stories have not been reprinted and this is one of the few Lennox novels. This one was published shortly after the Flamingo opened in 1946, and of course, the mob was already involved in Las Vegas gambling, but still it is interesting, early look at the city.