Zandros in Love by Jeane Moore

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    Crisp, clear writing and a crackling story. Brilliant balance of hardboiled and tenderhearted, Zandros in Love is intelligent escape at its best.

    Sam Zandros is a major-league poker player—part of a large Greek-American family that runs a bookmaking business. And he’s fallen in love with Clare Russell, a beautiful photographer who has no one to look out for her. Sam decides to be that one.

    Clare’s fiercely guarded secrets have made her emotionally vulnerable. While Sam tries to unravel the truth of her life, he becomes vulnerable, too, as Clare’s life is threatened by devious men who want a big cut of his family’s poker winnings.

    Love or money? Family or lover? How far will Sam go to protect Clare?

    Review by Gloria Linnell:

    Moore-225x225What a FUN way to spend a Saturday! Recovering from a vacation, I plopped myself on the sofa with Felix-the-Cat and spent the day reading Zandros in Love.

    A few years ago, I had started reading an inherited treasure trove of mysteries and became obsessed with the genre. Although I read a lot of nonfiction, my other reading had been mostly limited to pre-1900s novels. So when an old friend recommended I might enjoy Zandros, I decided to read it; and I did indeed enjoy it.

    Zandros is different from other mysteries. Because I don’t know beans about poker, the first few pages were bumpy. But after those few pages, the FUN really began. Zandros earns his living in a different, quasi-legal way, but a way in which family is very important. I liked the family-ness. His relationship with Clare is restrained and very loving, keeping the pace suspenseful.

    I also enjoyed the diary format, in which one can keep track of how action is moving along. On a personal level, being a Minnesota native, the Twin Cities setting was cool. Yup, Zandros is definitely a FUN way to spend some time.

    Review by Gary Jenneke:

    Taut, tense writing makes this story a compelling one. Wasn’t sure at first that Zandros was my kind of character but his no-prisoners-taken approach captivated me.

    A tough look at a side of society not normally exposed. The story never slows down or stagnates. Good writing.

    Review by C Parker:

    Crisp, clear writing and a crackling story. Brilliant balance of hardboiled and tenderhearted, Zandros in Love is intelligent escape at its best.