Three Deuces Down by Keith Donnelly is the first book in the “Donald Youngblood” mystery series. Publisher: Court Street Press, January 2008
Bored Wall Street whiz kid Donald Youngblood returns to his East Tennessee hometown and on a whim gets a Private Investigator license. Joined by his best friend Billy Two Feathers, a full-blooded Cherokee Indian, they open Cherokee Investigations and for a few years work small cases and just hang out.
Then Don is summoned by the rich and powerful Joseph Fleet to find his missing daughter and son-in-law. As Don and Billy go through the motions of investigating the disappearance, a sinister plot unfolds complicated by a restless girlfriend, a beautiful blond police officer, a New York mob boss, and a killer on the loose with Don in his sights.
From the backwoods of Tennessee to the coast of Florida to the streets of New York and halfway around the world, Donald Youngblood, with the help of some well-connected friends and a nose for trouble, chases an elusive and deadly foe to extract the ultimate revenge and realizes the chase will change his life forever.
This was a great mystery that when I read the first sentence, I keep reading because I just had to know what happens next. I really like the tone and voice of the characters. If you like a good mystery, some laughs and just plain fun in your reading, this is a book you’ll want to read. My rating: 4.5 stars