When a grisly fire in a suite at Caesar’s palace claims the life of the most beautiful showgirl in Las Vegas, Detective Danny Armstrong is assigned to the case. Citizen outrage is at an all-time high because the showgirl was a media darling. An ambassador for tourism, the showgirl traveled the world with the Las Vegas Visitors and Convention Authority, to promote the glitz capital of the world.
Every clue leads down one blind alley after another. In desperation, Danny turns to the psychic used by every detective at Metro—his mother, Catherine Armstrong. The gifted visionary senses one man sits like a spider at the center of a convoluted web of death and destruction. She warns Danny a plague, like no other in history, is about to be unleashed on Nevada. The showgirl, Glitter, was murdered for her part in the most frightening sensation Catherine ever experienced.
Casino bosses, politicians, and a high-ranking military officer with ties to Area 51 become the sign posts linking the murdered showgirl to New Jersey mob boss, Jake Russo. A simple twist of fate, provided by Catherine Armstrong’s psychic powers, uncovers the secret connection to Russo and the owner of a major strip casino, Jordan Gray. Once the foundation of lies and deceit are exposed, Danny soon discovers the mob never really left Las Vegas. Like a virus, it mutated and changed form to continue living off its lucrative host.
Prompted by voices from a void that defies human logic, Catherine is guided to the person who holds the key–a woman about to be murdered by Russo’s henchmen before she can ignite the powder keg with the power to destroy his operation, key figures in the casino industry, military and the existing political power structure.
Kristin Hastings, sister of the senior Senator from Nevada, and COO for the string of family casinos across the northern part of the state, is Jake Russo’s long-time lover. Catherine reveals the murdered showgirl was Kristin’s illegitimate daughter, whom Russo swore died at birth. Acting out the role of paternal advisor, the mob boss placed the child in a Catholic home for foundlings and as she grew older, repeatedly molested the little girl.
Catherine convinces Kristen to vent her fury at the man who abused her daughter. Russo planned to use Glitter to infiltrate the highest levels of power and report back to him–but he never counted on the girl falling in love with the God-forsaken Mojave Desert. Glitter was about to reveal how the mob was going to profit from the nuclear waste site so Russo ordered an end to her life.
In a high-tech plot worthy of a James Bond movie, Danny, Catherine and Kristen lay plans to bring down the mob king-pin and his cohorts. From the safety of Kristen’s gaming resort in Ely, a geo-stationary satellite launched to keep a watchful eye on Area 51, is electronically high-jacked by Danny’s computer genius room mate.
A lone reporter stands on a high and windy plateau overlooking a vast expanse of desert. Pre-empting all network and cable programming, he details the mob’s involvement with political, military and casino industry leaders. Citing names, dates and places, none will escape the ruthless use of vigilante justice in the last frontier in America–Nevada.
With a cast of characters as colorful as the lights on the Las Vegas Strip, Glitter is a reflection of life in a town like no other, run by an industry like no other. Gambling and vast amounts of money dominate the people who call Las Vegas home. From boozy cocktail waitresses to the computer gurus responsible for the technology that drives all casinos, the tale told in Glitter focuses on the most ancient and vile characteristic of our species . . . human greed.
The mob. Las Vegas. Showgirls. Murder. All the elements these elements combine to make an exceptional read. Add in Area 51, Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Site, corrupt politicians and mix for an exciting murder mystery, which kicks into high gear.
A lot has been written about Las Vegas’ early days—but few have shed a light on modern day corporations with ties to the mob, cleverly disguised as upright citizens, distinguished young MBAs, and politicians bought and paid for by campaign contributions as dark and tainted as nuclear waste.
When a media darling, a show girl who routinely traveled with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor’s Authority, dies a grisly death in a fire at one of Caesar’s Palace most prestigious high-roller suites, the spotlight turns on an up and coming detective for Metro, Danny Armstrong.
Added to the story is Armstrong’s mother, a psychic the police call on to solve the city’s most complex cases—and you’ve got a read you won’t put down until the last chapter comes down in the barren desert of Northern Nevada.