The Vegas Factor

Book #1 in Ray Hoy's Jack Frost Thriller Series

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“Only a first-rate writer with years of experience in the casinos of Vegas and Reno could deliver this vivid journey into the sordid underbelly of Sin City.” 

     — Jerry McGinley, This Ominous Bird

Jack Frost is blessed with a warrior’s mentality and cursed with a conscience and fierce loyalty to friends. J.T. Ripper, Frost’s Scotch-drinking Doberman from hell, does not share his owner’s sense of right and wrong. Ripper was born in a vile mood and hates pretty much everyone and everything. But he is a warrior, too. The two find themselves fighting for survival in the neon canyons of Las Vegas when Frost’s best friend, a “semi-retired” Syndicate boss, asks for help.  And then . . . well, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.




Jack Frost is not one to turn the other cheek. He and his anti-social Doberman, J.T. Ripper, head for Las Vegas to settle a very personal account with Harry Varchetta, CEO of one of the Las Vegas Strip’s oldest and most famous resorts. But waiting for them in Sin City is one James Red Sleeves, a full-blooded Apache Syndicate enforcer.




Time’s up. Syndicate boss Carlos Giovanni has had enough of Jack Frost's meddling in his affairs, and he marks Frost for termination. But this will not be a typical “Full Call” assassination, where the first Syndicate hitman who finds and kills Frost can claim the money and the bragging rights. Instead, Giovanni unleashes just one legendary, nearly mythical assassin to make the all-important "prestige" hit. But killing Jack Frost is far easier said than done.