An enjoyable afternoon at a book club…

bookmatesphoto1969-Strip-Frontier-DesertInn-looking-southI had a terrific time on July 2 discussing “Joey’s Place” and a Las Vegas that no longer exists with a local book club. One highlight was an amazing casino chip and matchbook collection brought to the meeting by one attendee.

But my biggest thrill was when an elderly man wearing a USAF cap approached me following the event and said that he’d been stationed at Nellis from 1955 to 1959 and my slideshow and remarks brought back many good memories of events and locales that he’d forgotten.

“Joey’s Place” three day sale on, June 4-6…

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I am pleased to announce that Joey’s Place can be purchased on for the special ebook price of $1.99 on June 4, 5, and 6. I hope that those of you who read and enjoyed the book will recommend this special offer to your friends. If you have not read it, June 4-6 is your opportunity to buy this crime novel set in old Las Vegas at a discount. You can find it at this link.
I would also like to thank the many readers who have contacted me. I appreciate your kind words.

“… Joey’s Place reads like a labor of love – Vegas style – with the weight of the world spinning round and round on a roulette wheel stacked with bullets. I couldn’t put it down.” – Robert Ellis, L.A. Times best-selling author of City of Fire, The Lost Witness, The Dead Room, Murder Season, and Access to Power. [Don’t miss Robert’s upcoming novel, City of Echoes, available for pre-orders now.]

From its reviews:  “Nelson has created a tightly documented yarn which, through the eyes of a broke down cop, wends the reader through a melancholy, dark noir atmosphere depicting crime, corruption and the unexpected at every turn.” … “Having lived in Las Vegas during the 70s, the author took me right back there by painting a picture with words. I felt like I was witness to the corrupt cops and crooked casino bosses.” … “Thoroughly researched, tautly constructed and well plotted.”

Pick up your ebook copy on June 4-6 at

A review that surprised me…

Marja McGraw is a respected mystery writer, blogger, and reviewer who I contacted several months ago about reading and commenting on JOEY’S PLACE. Her charming website‘s front page says, “A little humor, a little romance, A Little Murder,” so our styles and subject matter are quite dissimilar. I enjoyed our exchange of brief emails, but I didn’t expect to hear back from her. Then Marja unexpectedly contacted me last week to say that she’d read JOEY’S PLACE and…

While this isn’t the type of book I’d normally choose (I enjoy lighter stories), it was very well-written and kept me reading. Great job, and I hope it does well! I can picture this on a movie screen.

She was even kind enough to post a glowing review on Amazon. Thank you, Marja!

Joey’s Place is now available…

JP_CoverPage_313x231I am pleased to say that my crime novel, Joey’s Place, is now available in e-book and paperback formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. You can also ask your local bookstore to order it for you.

On Amazon, order the paperback or e-book at While you are there, please follow my Amazon author page (just click on my name to be taken to the page).

Order the paperback or Nook book from Barnes & Noble at

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