Reviewed by JustJen
Title: A Chip and a Chair
Author: Cordelia Kingsbridge
Series: Seven of Spades #5
Heroes: Levi Abrams/Dominic Russo
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 328 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: March 11, 2019
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Detective Levi Abrams and PI Dominic Russo are reunited and more committed to each other than ever, but they can’t truly move forward with their lives until the serial killer who’s been tormenting them is behind bars. When a secret burial site is discovered in the desert with the remains of the Seven of Spades’s earliest victims, that goal finally seems within reach.
But just as the net is tightening, the Neo-Nazi militia Utopia launches their master plan with a devastating act of terror that changes the landscape of Las Vegas forever. As Levi and Dominic scramble to prevent the city’s destruction, they’re opposed by treacherous forces that propel them toward catastrophe. In the end, Levi’s fate may rest in the hands of the very killer he’s been hunting.
The race to save Sin City is on, and these players are going for broke. No matter how hopeless things seem, as long as they’re together and they’ve got a chip to play and a chair to sit in, they’re still in the game.
Review: I have loved this series! Loved following the trials and tribulations of Levi and Dominic. Loved the mystery and suspense of the killer and its clues, etc. So, I was really excited to finally get to this last installment, as I’m sure everyone else who has read it was as well. This installment started out a little slow for me, but it didn’t take long for things to pick up, and when they did, it was pretty much a wild ride to the finish.
I was really happy to see Dominic and Levi are back on track and doing well together. They are both making adjustments living together, but it seems to be working out. Dominic continues to have his gambling struggles, but seems to have a pretty good handle on it. He is working on making amends for the crap he put his friends through, and Levi is the ever-present by his side rock through thick and thin. These guys work so well together, and they needed each other more than ever as things played out here.
I was slightly surprised by the identity of the Seven of Spades, though I had my suspicions. Details were unfolded, but before anything could be done about it, the gang needed to get out of another jam. This is where the story went a little off track for me. Things just felt too crazy and over-the-top unbelievable, especially as we already felt we reached that limit with the SOS. But, it did make for a highly-charged page-turning ending. It was definitely entertaining, and I can definitely recommend this series for those who like a good serial killer mystery with a perfectly imperfect couple of guys leading the way.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*