Hard Luck

Hard Luck

by Barbara D'Amato

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Chicago journalist Cat Marsala has just begun her assignment on the state lottery when murder falls into the picture--literally--as a lottery official takes a leap during the multistate lottery conference.

Suicide... or murder? It's curious to Cat--and to the police--that the guy took his mighty plunge right before his meeting with her. Especially curious since he'd hinted at some great exposé material--such as "misappropriation" of lottery funds.

Cat's investigation into the numbers game is fascinating, educational... and dangerous. Because the money is big, the stakes are sky-high--and a killer is not about to let a nosy free-lance journalist spoil the odds.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150879270
Publisher: Speaking Volumes
Publication date: 07/06/2015
Series: A Cat Marsala Mystery , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 252
Sales rank: 899,449
File size: 883 KB

About the Author

Barbara D'Amato was the 1999-2000 president of Mystery Writers of America. D'Amato is also a past president of Sisters in Crime International. She writes a mystery series starring Chicago freelance investigative reporter Cat Marsala, a series starring Chicago patrol cops Suze Figueroa and Norm Bennis, and standalone novels.

D'Amato is a playwright, novelist, and crime researcher. Her research on the Dr. John Branion murder case formed the basis for a segment on Unsolved Mysteries, and she appeared on the program. Her musical comedy The Magic Man and the children's musical The Magic of Young Houdini, written with husband Anthony D'Amato, played in Chicago and London. Their Prohibition-era musical comedy RSVP Broadway, which played in Chicago in 1980, was named an "event of particular interest" by Chicago magazine.

A native of Michigan, she has been a resident of Chicago for many years. D'Amato has been a columnist for the Sisters in Crime newsletter and Mystery Scene magazine. She has worked as an assistant surgical orderly, carpenter for stage magic illusions, assistant tiger handler, stage manager, researcher for attorneys in criminal cases, and she occasionally teaches mystery writing to Chicago police officers.

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