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Carolyn V. Hamilton
IMPLOSION: The search is on for six million dollars hidden in a Las Vegas hotel destined for destruction!
Time is running out. With the pending implosion of the grand old Las Vegas hotel/casino, the Desert Palace, an eleven-year-old mystery of stolen money remains unsolved. Newspaper reporter Nedra Dean feels the pressure to use every means she can to make this dramatic moment in Las Vegas history her biggest scoop, one she hopes will catapult her to big-time journalism at CNN. Celebrity maitre d' Eduardo only wants to reconcile his estranged family before his forced retirement. Hotel/casino manager John Cusamano schemes to find the money and run away with the love of his life, his boss's wife. Elvis impersonator Hector Deatle and star showgirl Candy Bybee are also hot on the trail of the stolen millions. No one seems to care that the money is rumored to be cursed—everyone who has touched it has died a horrible death. Now cocktail waitress Linda Mayo's nine-year-old daughter—after secretly finding the money—suffers from a terminal, flesh-eating disease. And somewhere within the walls of the Desert Palace is hidden that six million dollars, which owner "Crazy" Foxy Craig will do anything to find before the walls come tumbling down.
Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 8 out of 10
Prose: 8 out of 10
Character/Execution: 7 out of 10
Overall: 7.75 out of 10


Plot/Idea: Hamilton’s novel is a tense, meticulously plotted story that will easily hook readers. The storyline is seamless, despite a plethora of characters who work in the hotel, all of whom have unique motives to find the previously stolen and currently missing six million dollars.

Prose: The prose is carefully wrought, and the dialogue proves snappy and memorable.

Originality: Traditional heist story beats, combined with well-crafted suspense elements, create an interesting spin on the genre.

Character Development/Execution: Despite the numerous cast members in IMPLOSION, all are memorable, interesting, and incredibly varied characters.

Blurb: This suspenseful tale of a hotel slated for imminent destruction will keep readers on the edge of their seats as the mad dash for six million dollars in stolen cash begins.  

Date Submitted: April 03, 2022

International Review of Books

"When six million dollars was stolen from Foxy Craig's casino counting room, all hell broke loose. The money was intended for the mob. Eleven years later, Foxy sells the old casino and orders his manager and chief of security to find the money, which he is sure is hidden in the hotel. There's a tiny problem though - every person involved with this money has died or is about to die in some unsavoury way - the money is cursed. Things fall apart  rather spectacularly. This should be a movie. It will be a blockbuster!"