Lucky Stiff by Deborah Coonts

(A Lucky O’Toole Vegas Adventure)

by Deborah Coonts

Commercial Fiction
Forge Books

5 autographed copies will be given away on Friday, February 18, 2011!

5 autographed copies of WANNA GET LUCKY? will also be given away!


Lucky O’Toole—head of Customer Relations at premier megaresort the Babylon—thinks its just another night in Las Vegas. A tractor-trailer has spilled its load of millions of honeybees, blocking not only the Strip but the entrance to her hotel… The district attorney for Clark County—apparently the odd man out of a threesome on the twelfth floor—is hiding in the buff in one of the hotel’s laundry rooms… And Numbers Neidermeyer—one of Las Vegas’s less-than-savory oddsmakers—is throwing some major attitude at Las Vegas’ ace private investigator, the beautiful Jeremy Whitlock.

The next day, Lucky discovers Ms. Neidermeyer had been tossed into the shark tank at the Mandalay Bay Resort as a snack for the Tiger shark. When the police show up with a hastily prepared search warrant, applied for by the district attorney himself, and Jeremy lands in the hot seat, Lucky realizes her previous night was far from routine.

Amid the chaos of fight weekend, the Babylon’s hiring of a new, eccentric French chef, and her madam mother’s scheme to auction off a young woman’s virginity, Lucky is drawn into a deadly game that will end only when she discovers who made fish food out of Numbers Neidermeyer.

Lucky O’Toole and fabulous Las Vegas—life doesn’t get any better.

Exclusive Interview with the Author!

1) Your characters seem so alive and real… What’s your secret?

Living a very long time and having a full life. Okay, maybe I’m a slow learner and you don’t have to live long…but I’m right about the full part. As writers we draw upon our observations, memories, people we’ve brushed up against, and those we know well. Each character is an amalgam of traits and characteristics we’ve met along the path of life.

However, I NEVER create a character who is so close to someone I know that they would recognize themselves. First, I could get into a lot of trouble that way. And secondly, no one I know is that interesting….kidding, of course. The character has to fit the story, and real people fit their own stories. So, fictional stories need fictional characters.

Funny thing though, I once had a good friend call me and ask me if I put real people in my books. I assured her no. She was very happy to hear that as she thought one of the recurring characters was patterned after her. To this day, I don’t know which one and I’m afraid to ask.
However, I did have two characters have sex in a bathroom that is remarkably similar to another friend’s bathroom. She’s never forgiven me.

2) What’s one of the most important things you’ve learned as a writer?

There are several: trust your instinct, break the rules when necessary, write something you LOVE, and grow very thick skin.

3) If you could have dinner with one of your characters, who would it be?

A French chef named Jean-Charles Bouclet (he appears in the second novel LUCKY STIFF and his role grows and grows. I wonder why?) He can cook me dinner, but it would be he I would have for dessert.

4) When you got the phone call announcing you’d sold a novel, how did you react?

I was dumbstruck. Still am. I’m still waiting to awaken from the dream.

The call to me was a bit unusual. I didn’t have an agent. I had sent my manuscript to friend who is an independent agent in NY. My stories are a bit different, and I wanted her opinion. At eight the next morning, I received a call from her husband, who is the senior editor at my publisher, waxing poetic over my deathless prose. I was not fully caffeinated, driving in and out of cell service in the wilds of West Virginia. A comical call, to say the least. And the beginning of a dream.

5) Desert Island time. You can bring on person and one thing, who and what?

I would bring Michael, my love. It’s a good thing my imaginary friends go where I go—would hate to have to pick between the two. Of course I would take my computer. They have Wi-Fi on desert islands, don’t they? If I’m cutoff from the internet, I would cease to exist…then, I guess this question would be a moot point.

About the Author:

My mother tells me I was born a very long time ago, but I’m not so sure—my mother can’t be trusted. These things I do know: I was raised in Texas on barbeque, Mexican food and beer. I currently reside in Las Vegas, where my friends assure me I cannot get into too much trouble. Silly people. I am the author of WANNA GET LUCKY? (A NY Times Notable Crime Novel for 2010) and LUCKY STIFF (coming February 15, 2011). Deborah Coonts can be reached at:

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One Response to Lucky Stiff by Deborah Coonts

  1. crystletellerday February 17, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

    i love to read