Dead Money Run by J. Frank James

Dead Money Run by J. Frank James
Dead Money Run, by J. Frank James, is an action packed crime thriller. It is the first book in the Lou Malloy Crime Series. Published in August 2013, it is available for sale on Amazon.

 

Synopsis:
Lou Malloy learns of his sister’s death right before he is released from prison, having served 15 years for the theft of $15 million from an Indian casino. He wants two things: to keep the $15 million, which no one has been able to find, and to track down and punish whoever killed his sister.   
Lou Malloy teams up with Hilary Kelly, a private investigator. In no time, Lou has found the hidden $15 million, recovered guns and ammunition hidden with the money, and murdered two low-level mobsters and fed them to the crocodiles. 
As the body count rises, the story grows more complex and his sister’s death becomes more mysterious.   

 

Praise for Dead Money Run:
“Dead Money Run is a hard-boiled thriller. It is a book of short chapters and almost unrelenting excitement as Lou Malloy and Hillary Kelly avoid cops, kill mobsters, and try to unravel the mystery of who killed Lou’s sister and why.” – Reviewed by Wally Wood for BookPleasures.com
“Dead Money Run by J. Frank James is a pure adrenalin rush from the very beginning. Yes, it is very violent with some strong language, but filled with excitement that keeps the reader wanting to know what comes next.” – Reviewed by Paul Johnson for Readers’ Favorite
“Fans of James Ellroy and Elmore Leonard are going to love James’ ingenious capers, devious characters and wry humor. The entire book goes down like a strong yet smooth shot of bourbon.”Reviewed by BestThrillers.com

 

Excerpt from Dead Money Run:
CHAPTER 1
The warden was a small man, but dressed neatly. Everything about him was neat-from his hair to his shoes. He was almost too neat.
“So what are your plans, Lou?”
When I walked into the room, the warden turned over a little hour-glass full of sand. We both watched it for a few seconds and then looked at each other. This was the first time I ever met the man. What did he care about me now? Since he never cared before, I figured the man was just looking for information. Perhaps he wanted to give me a warning. I didn’t say anything.
“Do you ever think about time, Lou?”
“After fifteen years, what do you think?” I said.
He smiled and said, “Most valuable thing we have and no one seems to mourn its passing until it’s too late.”
I had nothing to say to that. Conversations with a prison warden came with a lot of maybes. While in prison I trained myself to watch a man’s hands. If he rubbed his hands in a washing motion, he was lying. If he messed with his fingernails, he wasn’t interested in the conversation. The warden was rubbing his hands as if he had touched something distasteful.
“I haven’t given it a lot of thought, Warden Edwards.”
“Call me John, Lou. We’re friends now,” Edwards said while rubbing his hands in a determined kind of way.
So now we were friends. I wanted to tell him he was a liar, but my better judgment stopped me. Probably a good way to delay my release-things get lost, papers go unsigned. Things happen.
“Okay, John,” I said.
“You know, we never found the fifteen million,” he said.
“I didn’t know you were looking for it.”
I watched his eyes flicker briefly. I seemed to hit a sweet spot.
“No, Lou. You misunderstand,” he said as he caught himself. “There is a reward for the recovery of the money. Did you know that?”
Edwards said it more as a statement than a question. I said nothing and waited. Edwards shifted in his chair and started to rub his hands again.
“It would be in your best interest to tell them what you know.”
“Who’s the ‘them’ John?” I asked.
“They’re the people looking for the money.”
I thought about that for a few moments. The statement covered a lot of ground.
“Since I didn’t take the money in the first place, I don’t have anything to tell them. They need to ask the people that took it,” I said.
Edwards was smiling now and he stopped rubbing his hands.
“There are some people that think you do.”
“I can’t help what people think.”
“Ten percent,” he said.
“Ten percent of what,” I said.
“The money, Lou. Ten percent of fifteen million is a lot of money.”
“I hadn’t heard about that,” I said.
“Yeah, it seems the Indian casino had insurance. The insurance company that paid off on the claim put up a ten percent reward for the return of the money. A million five is a lot of money.”
“I hope they find it,” I said.
Edwards blinked his eyes signaling he was moving on to something else.
“Sorry to hear about your sister,” he said. “I understand they are doing all they can to find her killer.”
Edwards was a real card and running out of things to say. On any other day, in any other place, he would be dead or wishing he was.
“Thanks, John. Your words are real comforting,” I said and returned my gaze to the little hourglass and the sand as it accumulated on the bottom.
I had nothing else to say except make him happy. Make them all happy. Just one big happy group sitting around smiling at each other; happy, happy, now let’s just get the money and spread it all around and we can go on being happy. In the meantime my sister lies in a hole feeding worms. I had money on the worms being real happy. No word on how my sister felt.
Edwards looked disappointed when I didn’t add to our conversation.
“Lou, it might be a good idea for you to help them find the money. It could be a big windfall.”
Now we were getting somewhere. Just like all the rest of the treasure hunters, the miserable bastard was just in it for the money.
“Windfall for who, John? Me or you?”
As if tasting a lemon, Edwards twisted his face and, at the same time, waived his hands at an imaginary fly.
“I’m not sure what you mean, Lou. I’m just trying to give you a head start. If it was my decision, you would still be with us. Fifteen million dollars is a lot of money to lose.”
“It still is,” I said.
I sat and watched Edwards shift in his chair some more. We had nothing left to talk about. I could feel him working out in his mind how he was going to present his failure to get a lead out of me on the money.
“So, what are you going to do now?” Edwards said.
Finally, I had enough.
“Leave. Isn’t that what we all do?”
His smile vanished. He knew he was wasting his time on someone who had maxed out. He also knew he couldn’t hold me. There would be no parole violation with the threat to re-incarcerate me. No work release effort to rehabilitate me. Just a new suit made in the prison cut and sew area and a hundred bucks was the sum total of it. That probably hadn’t changed since the 30s. I wondered if Al Capone wore the suit they gave him when he got out.
We were both looking at the little hourglass of sand now. The sand had drained from the top of the glass to the bottom. Suddenly, as if being shot out of a cannon, we both stood up. Edwards stuck out his hand. I turned and left the room. I didn’t shake his hand. I didn’t want to touch him.

 

J. Frank JamesAbout the Author:
 J. Frank James is the author of crime thriller novels. His books are gripping and suspenseful.
Jim’s novels have the elements necessary of good crime novels that keep readers glued to the pages from start to finish. Although Jim’s crime novels are fiction works, they are exciting to read because of their authentic nature. They are written with the backing of Jim’s experience in law, so they are believable situations that have the readers wanting to find out what happens next just like they would in any crime situation.
They offer the readers just enough information to keep them guessing and trying to solve the crimes until the end of the books when they are actually revealed. Jim’s books are also fresh and unique takes on crime as well, though. They are not the same whodunit type books that have been done over and over again. By infusing his personal travels into his books, Jim creates characters and atmospheres based on just enough truth to be relatable.
Plus, Jim’s books have everything in them from robbery to prison to family. They have hard and soft elements simultaneously to really capture the life of a hardened criminal who is still very human and struggles with the same human emotions as the rest of society. At the same time, Jim gives the reader perspectives from private investigators to balance out the story.
Jim’s books even have a hit of romance when his characters come to care for each other as more than just friends. Then, crime and love mixes to create a dynamic atmosphere that is even more complicated than ever before since characters care not only for each other but for their other family members as well. Jim has an amazing way of incorporating various elements into his latest crime novels to create thrillers that readers cannot get enough of, which is perhaps why all four of his books so far carry on one from the other to continue the same story concerning the hardened criminal who did 15 years in prison, Lou Malloy and who comes to be his partner, private investigator, Hilary Kelly. The two of them go it together to create gripping stories that keep readers coming back for more.
Jim is an artist and creates all of his own book covers.
To learn more, go to http://www.jfrankjamesbooks.com/
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For further information, to request a review copy, or to interview J. Frank James, please contact Kelsey McBride at Book Publicity Services at info@bookpublicityservices.com or 805.807.9027.

The Joy of Ballpark Food: From Hot Dogs to Haute Cuisine

The Joy of Ballpark Food Book Cover
During the 2014 baseball season, Bennett Jaconstein and his wife traveled to each of the major league stadiums to investigate the variety of food offerings. In January 2015, Bennett published The Joy of Ballpark Food: From Hot Dogs to Haute Cuisine. It is available for sale on Amazon.

 

Synopsis:
Baseball is a game that is identified with food. We even sing about it at every ballpark during the seventh inning stretch: “….buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack…” The famous song was written by Jack Norworth in 1908.
From the early part of the twentieth century until the 1980s, classic baseball fare consisted mostly of hot dogs, ice cream, peanuts, and Cracker Jack. Then ballparks slowly began to sell new items. A proliferation of new food offerings during the 1990s was fueled by the opening of twelve new major league ballparks.
Now, teams around the country sell a variety of exotic food. Some stadiums have gone all out to showcase unique, gourmet-style food. Many parks emphasize regional food as well as having offerings from well-known local restaurants. There are also several ballparks where retired ballplayers are shaping new careers as signature food purveyors. 
“The new food era has brought such a wonderful gustatory experience at the ballparks with chef-prepared masterpieces, vegetarian and kosher delights, as well as amped up riffs on the hot dog and sausage,” says Bennett.
The Joy of Ballpark Food: From Hot Dogs to Haute Cuisine begins with the history of the first hot dog at a ball game and concludes with a culinary tour of all 30 major league ballparks.

 

Excerpt from The Joy of Ballpark Food: From Hot Dogs to Haute Cuisine:
Along with hot dogs and peanuts, Cracker Jack popcorn is one of the early and traditional baseball foods. Although its famous connection with baseball through the song “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” did not occur until 1908, an 1896 scorecard for a game played in Atlantic City, New Jersey, between the Atlantic City Baseball Club and the Cuban Giants contained a Cracker Jack advertisement.
Frederick Rueckheim immigrated to Chicago from Germany in 1871. Frederick and his brother Louis sold popcorn from a cart in the streets of Chicago. Later they added a caramel coating and peanuts to create the popcorn candy which eventually was marketed as Cracker Jack.
It has been variously reported that the Rueckheims distributed their new product at the 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition. There is no record of the brothers having a stand at the Expo, but it is possible that they hawked their product on foot throughout the fair.
In the nineteenth century “crackerjack” was a slang expression that meant “something very pleasing or excellent.” The story goes that a customer, upon tasting the pop corn concoction, exclaimed “That’s crackerjack!” and the Rueckheims took that as the trade name. The Cracker Jack brand name was registered in 1896.
In 1912 toy surprises were first put into every Cracker Jack box. In 1914 and 1915 a baseball card was placed in each Cracker Jack box. Customers were unhappy because there was less space for the caramel corn, and the baseball card distribution was soon discontinued. However, a 1915 Ty Cobb card from a Cracker Jack box sold in 2005 for $94,709.
Each box of Cracker Jack has a picture of Sailor Jack and his dog Bingo. Sailor Jack was modeled after Robert Rueckheim, an eight-year-old nephew or grandson of Frederick (sources vary). Tragically, Robert died of pneumonia shortly after his image first appeared.
Cracker Jack remained a family business until it was sold to Borden Inc. in 1964. In 1997 ownership of the brand was transferred to Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
During the 1980s the New York Yankees hosted an Old-timers Game which was sponsored by the Cracker Jack brand. As part of the festivities, Cracker Jack was cooked on site for players and officials. According to game promoter Marty Appel, “The scent of hot Cracker Jack was almost indescribably wonderful. I’ll always associate Cracker Jack with baseball, and the smell of hot Cracker Jack with the fun of those old-timers games.”
In 2004 the New York Yankees decided to stop selling Cracker Jack and chose instead to offer another brand of caramel corn called Crunch ‘n Munch. The decision left fans stunned and upset. Several months later, the Yankees corrected their error and brought back Cracker Jack. The Yankees’ chief operating officer, Lonn Trost, gave the reason for the return of Cracker Jack: “The fans have spoken.” Cracker Jack is currently sold at almost all of the major league stadiums.
Much credit for the popularity of Cracker Jack at baseball games can be given to “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” During the seventh inning of every baseball game across the country, fans are reminded of Cracker Jack. Although the Cracker Jack brand owes much of its success to the song, there is no evidence that songwriter Jack Norworth was ever compensated by the Rueckheims. Norworth was simply looking for a rhyme. If “back” did not rhyme with “jack,” who knows what kind of snack baseball fans would be eating today.

 

Author Bennett JacobsteinAbout the Author:
Bennett Jacobstein lives in San Jose, CA. He is a retired librarian and publisher of demographic materials. He currently works during the baseball season in the concessions stand at Municipal Stadium, home of Minor League Baseball’s Class A Advanced San Jose Giants. Every minor leaguer dreams of making it to the big leagues. Bennett had his dream fulfilled when he worked as a concessions stand substitute at three Oakland Athletics games during the 2013 season.
He enjoys both baseball and food but considers himself a much better eater than ball player. He had a two-year Little League career in which he went two seasons without getting a hit. His only RBI was when he got hit by the pitch with the bases loaded. When not batting or sitting on the bench, he would be found in right field praying that the ball didn’t get hit to him.
The three greatest days of his life were the day he married his wife Debbie, the day his daughter Aviva was born, and the day he first successfully replaced the nachos cheese bag in the dispenser at the San Jose Giants’ concessions stand.
Bennett published The Joy of Ballpark Food: From Hot Dogs to Haute Cuisine in January 2015. It is available for sale on Amazon. All of the royalties from the sale of The Joy of Ballpark Food: From Hot Dogs to Haute Cuisine are being donated to Second Harvest Food Bank. To learn more, go to http://www.ballparkfood.org/
For further information, to request a review copy, or to set up an interview or appearance by Bennett Jacobstein, contact Kelsey McBride at info@bookpublicityservices.com or (805) 807-9027.

Story of Heart Break, Faith, Failure and Triumph is Free on Amazon to Commemorate the 5th Anniversary of the Earthquake in Haiti

Saving Jimani: Life and Death in the Haiti EarthquakeJanuary 8, 2015 (LOS ANGELES, CA) – Monday, January 12th, marks the five-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti, killing more than 250,000 people.
In recognition of the 5th anniversary of the Haiti Earthquake, the kindle version of Saving Jimani: Life and Death in the Haiti Earthquake will be available for free on Amazon until January 13, 2015.
Saving Jimani: Life and Death in the Haiti Earthquake is a book about Rene Steinhauer’s experience working as a nurse and disaster manager to help survivors of the Haiti Earthquake.
“Saving Jimani is so much more than the reporting of life and death in the Haiti earthquake. It is a story of raw human emotion, grappling with the reality of hundreds if not thousands of people with broken bodies and spirits seeking medical help in an area where there was none. It is the story of heart break, faith, failure and triumph,” says radio talk show host Leslie Carol Botha.
Rene Steinhauer RN, EMT-P, is an accomplished nurse with more than twenty years of skilled disaster experience. He has practiced medicine on all seven continents including working as a flight nurse in Antarctica, a combat medic in Iraq, and a disaster manager in Hurricane Katrina, the Asian Tsunami, Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, and the Haiti Earthquake. He most recently worked as a chief nurse in an Ebola Treatment Unit in Liberia.
“It is my hope that during this time of reflection, that people read the book, understand what happened and how it relates not only to the people of Haiti, but to the people of the United States,” says Rene Steinhauer. “Readers will better understand what can really happen when the government is paralyzed by a disaster much greater than Hurricane Katrina. This book is relevant to the public discourse about better disaster preparedness.”
To learn more, go to www.renesteinhauer.com
For further information, to request a review copy of Saving Jimani, or to interview Rene Steinhauer, please contact Kelsey McBride at Book Publicity Services at info@bookpublicityservices.com or 805.807.9027.
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Honolulu Resident Released from 21 Day Ebola Quarantine

Rene Steinhauer RN EMT-PJanuary 6, 2015 (Honolulu, HI) – Local nurse and Honolulu resident, Rene Steinhauer, has just been released from a 21 day Ebola quarantine period that he completed at home in Honolulu after returning from working as a chief nurse in an Ebola Treatment Unit in Liberia.
Rene Steinhauer spent six weeks working to set up an Ebola hospital in Buchanan, Liberia. In mid-December, he became ill with fever and multiple symptoms. He was immediately admitted to the Monrovia Medical Unit, an Ebola hospital set up to care for foreign healthcare workers providing Ebola healthcare. After four days in the hospital, he was found to be Ebola negative, but was treated for Malaria and he returned home to Honolulu where he spent the holiday season in quarantine and where his only visitors were from the State of Hawaii Department of Health.
Rene Steinhauer RN, EMT-P, is an accomplished nurse with more than twenty years of skilled disaster experience. He has practiced medicine on all seven continents including working as a flight nurse in Antarctica, a combat medic in Iraq and a disaster manager in Hurricane Katrina, the Asian Tsunami, the Haiti Earthquake, and Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines. Rene Steinhauer has spent much of the last twenty years as a disaster volunteer and continues to go where the need is greatest.
Rene Steinhauer recently published Saving Jimani: Life and Death in the Haiti Earthquake, a book about his experiences working as a nurse and disaster manager to help survivors of the Haiti Earthquake.
“Saving Jimani is so much more than the reporting of life and death in the Haiti earthquake. It is a story of raw human emotion, grappling with the reality of hundreds if not thousands of people with broken bodies and spirits seeking medical help in an area where there was none. It is the story of heart break, faith, failure and triumph,” says radio talk show host Leslie Carol Botha.
Saving Jimani is available for sale on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
To learn more, go to www.renesteinhauer.com
For further information, to request a review copy of Saving Jimani, or to interview Rene Steinhauer, please contact Kelsey McBride at Book Publicity Services at info@bookpublicityservices.com or 805.807.9027.
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