Series are funny things. I know readers like them. As a writer, they are both a boon and a bust, if you will. Or, as Lucky might say, a pair of fur-lined handcuffs.
Don’t get me wrong, writing about Lucky and Vegas and all the silliness has been, and continues to be, great fun. But one of the challenges is finding fun groups that filter through Vegas, groups that readers would like to read about.
Groups where murder might be part of the mix.
Years ago, I got interested in the ongoing argument that Las Vegas would not be a good venue for a professional sports team of its own.
The access to betting was the most often trotted out excuse. Pretty lame in the digital age. Even when I was a kid and the first computer filled a building the size of a football field and could do little more than add single digits, I knew people who had their bookies in Vegas who placed bets for any and all—but that’s another story.
I guess we just didn’t have the right cache and I thought we got a bum rap.
Now all of that is behind us. The Vegas Knights Hockey Team is doing pretty well this season, I hear.
And Las Vegas will be the new home of the Oakland Raiders in a few years.
As a football fanatic, this one really captured my fancy. All the money, all the infighting, the new stadium, who’s going to pay for it, and how will the concessions be split?
As William Shakespeare said, the love of money is the root of all evil. And if professional football is about anything, it is about money.
So, I created a fictional team and looked at all the possible competing interests, from public to private, to players, and had some fun with it.
I hope you will, too.