Wheel of Fortune
Theodore Jerome Cohen
TJC Press (2015)
Reviewed by Michel Violante for Reader Views (3/15)
Article first published as Book Review: ‘Wheel of Fortune,’ A Lou Martelli Mystery by Theodore Jerome Cohen on Blogcritics.
“Wheel of Fortune” by Theodore Jerome Cohen begins with a meeting between NYPD Detective Louis Martelli and the deputy coroner. Martelli hopes to get information on the beautiful Jane Doe found dead in Thomas Paine Park across from the FBI’s Federal Plaza building in New York City, only to find that other than the bullet hole in the back of her head, the body is clean. There was nothing to go on except for her tattoo – the multi-colored tarot card ‘Wheel of Fortune’ tattooed on her back. Martelli starts his investigation by locating the tattoo artist who did the work, from whom he learns the victim’s name is Nicole. As the plot continued to unfold I found myself turning pages faster and faster as I sat on the edge of my seat. The mystery becomes a web of suspense that involves the mob, the FBI, the victim, and people involved in the trash hauling business in Lancaster and York, PA. The interesting plot and main character, Martelli, are the best parts of this read.
Having read few of his earlier books, I already expected a great read from Cohen, and I was not disappointed! On the contrary, Cohen’s interesting plots and character development skills are like a fine wine, getting better and better with each new book. The pace, setting, and genuine characters, combined with current topics and plots filled with suspense and action, make Cohen’s stories a thrilling ride. His writing style makes his books entertaining “must reads,” and this is true again with “Wheel of Fortune.” I found myself getting more interested as I read on to the point that the book was hard to put down.
“Wheel of Fortune” is another amazing mystery from Theodore Jerome Cohen! The book is one that I recommend as a Five-Star read. I look forward to another Martelli Mystery! “Wheel of Fortune” is truly a suspense-wheel that will keep rolling in the reader's mind long after the book is put down.