Former Las Vegas homicide detective Jim Snow's luck has been going from bad to worse, spurred by a series of rash decisions and a quickly developing mid-life crisis. He quit the force a few years ago to play poker for a living and has been losing steadily for months. His money is running out - and so is his live-in girlfriend.
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When Jim Snow gets a panicked call from his sister, Karen, he knows something is terribly wrong. After all, he hasn't seen Karen in two years, despite the fact that the siblings live a mere three miles apart. But now Karen's estranged husband has been murdered, and she is the number-one suspect. After all, she stood to collect on her husband's life insurance, just as she did for her last two husbands when they died. Luckily, she has a brother who is a Las Vegas homicide detective.... At least, he was before he quit the force to become a full-time poker player.
When Jack Roberts walks into the James & James Detective Agency, co-owner Alice James can hardly believe her luck. The body of Roberts's daughter, Laura, a Las Vegas cocktail waitress, was found just days before, bashed over the head and set ablaze in the Nevada desert. It is a horrific crime - and cracking it could mean big business for James & James. There's no shortage of suspects to keep them busy; everyone, from the victim's obsessive ex-boyfriend, her mentally unbalanced tenant, her temperamental roommate, her shady fiancé, and even her volatile father, is under suspicion. But can the partners do what the police couldn't?
Private investigator and former homicide detective Alice James was just six months old when her father, Leon Stapper, abandoned his family. Forty years later, Alice has convinced herself she's over it - until her half sister, Corina, calls her up and wants to meet. But before Alice and Corina can get acquainted, everything goes terribly, tragically wrong. Determined to uncover the truth behind what happened to her sister, Alice calls in reinforcements: Jim Snow, her partner in Las Vegas's James & James Detective Agency.
Private eyes Jim Snow and Alice James are baffled by their new client, Cassie Lane, a buxom casino slot technician who hires them to investigate the murder of her ex-lover, Billy Ryan. Billy, a professional horseplayer, has been shot outside his home after a night at the casino with his friend Dean Kale. Later, his stolen car strikes and kills a pregnant teen in a hit-and-run not far from the scene of his murder.