Nick Polo
Created by Jerry Kennealy

Add Jerry Kennealy to the short list of private eye writers who have also been real-life private eyes. Funny, but both Dashiell Hammett and Joe Gores both worked the mean streets of San Francisco.

Anyway, nice, Sicilian boy NICK POLO is a pleasant change of pace. He's a gamblin' man with a bit of a wild streak! He's slick, has been known to run a hustle or two, and he knows his way around a roulette wheel. And he's just morally ambiguous enough to be interesting. In fact, he once spent six months in a federal pen for making a "stupid mistake." The stupid mistake, evidently, was trusting a lawyer, because Nick's still inclined to "shave" a few corners if he thinks he can get away with it. But deep down, he's a decent enough guy. A former cop, he left the force when his parents were killed in a plane crash, figuring he could live off the insurance and a few wise investments. Alas, the investments weren't so wise, after all, and Nick was forced to go back to work, this time for hire. Which is when he made his "little" mistake and trusted the lawyer who was his client. But Nick did the time, and got his license back, and what with his P.I. work, the occasional gambling score, and living rent-free in his folks' house, which he inherited along with a tenant, he gets by.

And he has an uncle who looks after him. Uncle Pee Wee's a bookie who protests that he's "not connected,", but nevertheless he knows "who's who and what's what."

And also looking after Nick lately is the lovely and talented Jane Tobin, a political columnist for one of the local papers.

Another thing--Nick's not another out of place Luddite private eye trying to pretend it's still 1939. Nick might not be a techie, but he actually owns a computer, which he actually uses, to good effect. That's something surprisingly few "modern" fictional P.I.s can claim. In fact, many seem to live in some bizarre parallel universe where computers (and fax machines, cell phones, the Internet, etc.) don't even exist. So it's a nice touch to have Nick living in the real world, adding an air of authenticity to the proceedings.

Jerry Kennealy has worked as a police officer, as well as a licenced private investigator, adding great authenticity to his novels. Besides the Polo mysteries, two of which have been nominated for Shamus Awards, he's written several non-series thrillers lately. He's a member of the Mystery Writers of America and the Private Eye Writers of America.



Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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