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The Last Call is the first of six completed novels in The Bill Travis Mysteries. Bill Travis, an unmarried, unattached investment counselor rapidly approaching his fortieth birthday, conceives that he may not live the most exciting of lives, yet Julie Simmons, his first appointment that Monday, is deeply in trouble. She has taken a North Texas quarter horse racer and liquor The Last Call is the first of six completed novels in The Bill Travis Mysteries. Bill Travis, an unmarried, unattached investment counselor rapidly approaching his fortieth birthday, conceives that he may not live the most exciting of lives, yet Julie Simmons, his first appointment that Monday, is deeply in trouble. She has taken a North Texas quarter horse racer and liquor baron named Archie Carpin--the last of a dynasty of criminals from the 1920's--for a ride and cleaned him out of a neat two million bucks. And thus begins the adventure of Bill’s life. Ensues a chase north across Texas to recover the money and shake the pursuit of a couple of rednecks with a penchant for rifles and rigged explosives. Yet, through all this action the compelling tale of yet another mystery—an 80-year old missing person’s case—begins to unravel.


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The Last Call is the first of six completed novels in The Bill Travis Mysteries. Bill Travis, an unmarried, unattached investment counselor rapidly approaching his fortieth birthday, conceives that he may not live the most exciting of lives, yet Julie Simmons, his first appointment that Monday, is deeply in trouble. She has taken a North Texas quarter horse racer and liquor The Last Call is the first of six completed novels in The Bill Travis Mysteries. Bill Travis, an unmarried, unattached investment counselor rapidly approaching his fortieth birthday, conceives that he may not live the most exciting of lives, yet Julie Simmons, his first appointment that Monday, is deeply in trouble. She has taken a North Texas quarter horse racer and liquor baron named Archie Carpin--the last of a dynasty of criminals from the 1920's--for a ride and cleaned him out of a neat two million bucks. And thus begins the adventure of Bill’s life. Ensues a chase north across Texas to recover the money and shake the pursuit of a couple of rednecks with a penchant for rifles and rigged explosives. Yet, through all this action the compelling tale of yet another mystery—an 80-year old missing person’s case—begins to unravel.

30 review for The Last Call

  1. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Mason

    It was a fair story but I kept getting distracted by the over long sentences. Example: I've seen men who have gone through some of the worst hells that men have ever experienced under fire who when they come face to face with a beautiful woman become slightly less articulate then your average garden squash, which is descriptive of how Lawrence White was acting. Yikes. I learned that if you cannot say it in one breath, the sentence is too long. When they continue to be that way through out the book It was a fair story but I kept getting distracted by the over long sentences. Example: I've seen men who have gone through some of the worst hells that men have ever experienced under fire who when they come face to face with a beautiful woman become slightly less articulate then your average garden squash, which is descriptive of how Lawrence White was acting. Yikes. I learned that if you cannot say it in one breath, the sentence is too long. When they continue to be that way through out the book, it causes distraction and disinterest. You can get away with an over long sentence once in a while, but this is the theme through the whole book. The over all story was okay. But I did have to keep going back and rereading because I would lose the point of where it was leading me. Break the sentences up into, 2,3,or 4 sentences and ones interest will hold better.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    When I first started reading this book, I was extremely disappointed by how very cliche' it was. I stopped reading it - and for me, it takes a LOT to get me to set aside a book. Which is exactly why I went back to it a few days later to give it a second chance. I'm glad I did. Although the book did remain a bit cliche', I found that I enjoyed the writing and the sense of humor that came through page after page. Living in North Texas and having a familiarity with the locations in the book helped When I first started reading this book, I was extremely disappointed by how very cliche' it was. I stopped reading it - and for me, it takes a LOT to get me to set aside a book. Which is exactly why I went back to it a few days later to give it a second chance. I'm glad I did. Although the book did remain a bit cliche', I found that I enjoyed the writing and the sense of humor that came through page after page. Living in North Texas and having a familiarity with the locations in the book helped a bit, I think. Regardless, it was a free Kindle download, and I'm happy to have run across it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    J.W. Stephens

    I found this book by accident. I try to give all Texas authors writing stories about Texas a shot whenever I find them and I was not disappointed this time. The Last Call is written in a slightly different voice/tone than most mass produced fiction and some folks out there may not find it appealing. I loved it - the characters spoke and acted in ways that felt very true to me - like men I've known or my Grandfather might have known in various parts of our great state. The action was crisp. The p I found this book by accident. I try to give all Texas authors writing stories about Texas a shot whenever I find them and I was not disappointed this time. The Last Call is written in a slightly different voice/tone than most mass produced fiction and some folks out there may not find it appealing. I loved it - the characters spoke and acted in ways that felt very true to me - like men I've known or my Grandfather might have known in various parts of our great state. The action was crisp. The plot was a traditional style, sort of old fashioned mystery that wasn't terribly hard to solve, but that wasn't the real point of the book. The crazy folks meeting, interacting and building relationships seemed more the point if you ask me. I am definately going to look for book two in this Bill Travis series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A bit too confusing for me. 'Investment counselor' takes a beautiful woman as a client. They fall in love even though she is obviously hiding a lot of information from him which leads to murder, mayhem and other scary situations. Is she legit? Is she a con artist using him to rescue her ill-gotten gains from a third-generation bad-guy so she can take her two million bucks and leave him behind? I think I would have waved good-bye to her early on, but then I wouldn't be being led by lust. In spite A bit too confusing for me. 'Investment counselor' takes a beautiful woman as a client. They fall in love even though she is obviously hiding a lot of information from him which leads to murder, mayhem and other scary situations. Is she legit? Is she a con artist using him to rescue her ill-gotten gains from a third-generation bad-guy so she can take her two million bucks and leave him behind? I think I would have waved good-bye to her early on, but then I wouldn't be being led by lust. In spite of that, I found most of the 'good' characters to be well-drawn and sympathetic. The book was actually pretty good, although I don't know if I'm going to read any others in the series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    David Carus

    A Great Page Turner By A Writer That Knows His Stuff A Great Page Turner By A Writer That Knows His Stuff I picked up this book from the recommendation of a friend and although I don't usually read mysteries and thrillers, this book hooked me in for an awesome ride as I found myself flipping through pages faster than usual and was entertained by Wier's writing style. The author knows how to tell a story, does it with just the right amount of description and keeps things moving. The main character A Great Page Turner By A Writer That Knows His Stuff A Great Page Turner By A Writer That Knows His Stuff I picked up this book from the recommendation of a friend and although I don't usually read mysteries and thrillers, this book hooked me in for an awesome ride as I found myself flipping through pages faster than usual and was entertained by Wier's writing style. The author knows how to tell a story, does it with just the right amount of description and keeps things moving. The main character Bill Travis is a cool dude that you can't help but love and root for. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of his adventures.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Brandy Martin

    It Was free. That being said it started out strong with lots of potential and went down hill pretty fast. I wasn't miserable reading it but would not read it again. So basically if you have no money left in your emergency book fund it's free and will keep you from Going through book withdrawals. If you have something else to read I would skip it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Thom Swennes

    Accountants are notoriously known as lackluster and extremely boring people with monotonous jobs. Investment counselors generally fall into this category that is until you meet William (Bill) Travis. As an investment counselor, he made it his specialty helping people out of financial difficulties. His clients aren’t in need of money but generally have a large amount that can’t be neatly accounted for. It was a typical Monday morning in Austin, Texas and Bill Travis was caught in traffic. A sport Accountants are notoriously known as lackluster and extremely boring people with monotonous jobs. Investment counselors generally fall into this category that is until you meet William (Bill) Travis. As an investment counselor, he made it his specialty helping people out of financial difficulties. His clients aren’t in need of money but generally have a large amount that can’t be neatly accounted for. It was a typical Monday morning in Austin, Texas and Bill Travis was caught in traffic. A sports car with a very attractive woman caught his eye. They play cat and mouse into the city until he reached his office building. A few minutes later his secretary announces an unscheduled visitor. Julie Simmons, the stranger he had noticed on his way to work enters his office. This woman and her story set warning bells off in his head but he found himself ignoring the cacophony and he soon finds himself on an adventure he didn’t really want or expect. A vanilla story, written in a 1930’s style, The Last Call isn’t what I expected. It is fast-paced and interesting but it didn’t flow as I hoped it would. A cold-case dating from 1926 is slowly uncovered like layers of a red onion. The scenic tour through east Texas brought back fond memories and as a Texan expatriate still warms my heart. I liked the characters and found them well developed. The addition of Dingo the dog also helps the tale but when I finished it, I wasn’t sated and feel that something was missing. This is the first book in the Bill Travis Mystery Series. I will probably read more by this author but I am a born optimist.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    This was okay - another free one from Amazon which supports my point about getting something for free that you are totally satisfied with, but that's another story. This was predictable. I knew the plot before it unfolded. It was a fast read for the airplane.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Eya Beldi

    Everything is expected. No excitement at all. I'm happy that this book was free on Amazon Kindle.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Araka Schroeder

    Quick read but very cliche. There were many overly long sentences, some of which didn't make any sense by the time you got the the end. I wasn't find of the romance aspect of the book. The author made it a point to punctuate how short a time the two lovers had known each other multiple times, but then wrote about them as if they had been married for years. For example, there was a point where Bill (while narrating) said that Julie did something only Julie could do. My immediate reaction was to l Quick read but very cliche. There were many overly long sentences, some of which didn't make any sense by the time you got the the end. I wasn't find of the romance aspect of the book. The author made it a point to punctuate how short a time the two lovers had known each other multiple times, but then wrote about them as if they had been married for years. For example, there was a point where Bill (while narrating) said that Julie did something only Julie could do. My immediate reaction was to laugh. These two have known each other for one day, they aren't to the point where they can say things like "Only you would do that." At the end (after knowing her for one week), Bill told someone he was thinking of asking Julie to marry him. It hurt the believability of the story for me. This book is part of a six book series from what I understand. I won't likely read any more of them.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Richard Brand

    This was a fun mystery. You knew it could not be a serious mystery when in the first chapter, the hero gets cut off on the highway by a beautiful woman and within 30 pages they are making hot love all day long. But it was well told. It was told from first person so you knew Bill Travis would survive. It has a lot of West Texas stereotypes and Austin Hill country. It has good buddies who love a good adventure who help. It is not health to be a Bill Travis friend. If this is a series you wonder ho This was a fun mystery. You knew it could not be a serious mystery when in the first chapter, the hero gets cut off on the highway by a beautiful woman and within 30 pages they are making hot love all day long. But it was well told. It was told from first person so you knew Bill Travis would survive. It has a lot of West Texas stereotypes and Austin Hill country. It has good buddies who love a good adventure who help. It is not health to be a Bill Travis friend. If this is a series you wonder how the romance of the story will continue as it ends with talk of marriage. But I guess some of the stories have married hero. I enjoyed the read. It was an engaging tale and of course, good guys win and bad guys die, but more than that I will not say.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Aileen

    An exciting and fast read. Wier writes so easy and is so good with keeping the details together that the book is a good read from beginning to end. One finds that even though you put the book down to pick it up later, you never forget the detail at all. The Travis character also pulls you in so that you wonder what would happen next every time. I liked the ending when everything comes together. The eruption didn't leave me lost at all. I could follow it all with clarity. This is a definite good An exciting and fast read. Wier writes so easy and is so good with keeping the details together that the book is a good read from beginning to end. One finds that even though you put the book down to pick it up later, you never forget the detail at all. The Travis character also pulls you in so that you wonder what would happen next every time. I liked the ending when everything comes together. The eruption didn't leave me lost at all. I could follow it all with clarity. This is a definite good read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Saylaveev

    Reasonable mystery with a little action. I didn't get swept up in the story, but I was happy to share my lunch hour with it. I did feel that the characters were a bit bland and I would have actually liked to learn more about Hank, but seeing as this is the first in a series of stories with these characters, maybe it develops along the way.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tim Clark

    Like old home week Like old home week If you're from Texas, this book will send you back to the stories about the oil days in the Panhandle. If you're not a native, this book will start your education, if you're interested.

  15. 5 out of 5

    doris garritt

    Exciting mystery This is a page turner,kept me engaged the whole way. I cared about the characters and the back story of 1920's Texas .I am looking forward to reading more by this author

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Action was quick, but I felt a bit left out. It's more of a "Man's man" kind of book. Being a female reader I felt no real connection. But I can see how men would enjoy this book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    Too choppy & not writing that I can take anymore. If there was some humor to it, I'd probably get through it. There isn't. Can't. I probably would have liked it 30 years ago, though. Too choppy & not writing that I can take anymore. If there was some humor to it, I'd probably get through it. There isn't. Can't. I probably would have liked it 30 years ago, though.

  18. 5 out of 5

    laverne mobley

    Love a good mystery Bill Travis stories keep you wondering where it's going. Very hard to put down and unexpected story line.Will read next book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Trschoenfelder

    I found this painful to read. I should have just stopped.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Collins

    I thoroughly enjoyed The Last Call. Bill Travis reminds me of PI's from an older time who could be persuaded to do anything by a beautiful woman in distress; such a woman is Julie Simmons. She begins to lead Bill Travis on a merry chase. And is in the case of most mystery novels worth their salt, not all is as it seems! This story has plenty of action, a few surprises, some of which I saw coming, and even caused me to shed a tear or two (not that that is such a hard feat to accomplish!). There i I thoroughly enjoyed The Last Call. Bill Travis reminds me of PI's from an older time who could be persuaded to do anything by a beautiful woman in distress; such a woman is Julie Simmons. She begins to lead Bill Travis on a merry chase. And is in the case of most mystery novels worth their salt, not all is as it seems! This story has plenty of action, a few surprises, some of which I saw coming, and even caused me to shed a tear or two (not that that is such a hard feat to accomplish!). There is plenty of shoot 'em up, blow 'em up action and well-thought out, developed characters. I can't wait to get on to the next book in the series to see what kind of trouble Bill can get himself into and how he gets himself out.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Issa Bacsa

    Bill Travis was a financial consultant, divorced, no kids, just a single guy living a single life. Monday morning as he drove to his office, he saw a beautiful girl driving a roadster along the Austin traffic. Little did he know that she would be his client that morning, who sought his help that involved two million US dollars. It only took me less than a day to read the e-book using my Kindle app on my Android phone. A good, entertaining, and educational read (a little history of Texas included Bill Travis was a financial consultant, divorced, no kids, just a single guy living a single life. Monday morning as he drove to his office, he saw a beautiful girl driving a roadster along the Austin traffic. Little did he know that she would be his client that morning, who sought his help that involved two million US dollars. It only took me less than a day to read the e-book using my Kindle app on my Android phone. A good, entertaining, and educational read (a little history of Texas included). This is the first of the Bill Travis mystery series. It’s worth having a copy and I’m giving it 4 out of 5 stars. Read my review here: https://starstack.blog/2019/09/13/the...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Susan Miller

    A good read that takes you on a decent adventure through old crime in the south, Quarter Horse racing and liquor through the Texas country side. You meet Bill, an investment counselor, who gets caught up with an issue that Julie Simmons is in. It seems she has taken two million dollars from her last ill fated affaire & needs help to stay alive. An explosive yarn with good ole characters by your side. A good read that takes you on a decent adventure through old crime in the south, Quarter Horse racing and liquor through the Texas country side. You meet Bill, an investment counselor, who gets caught up with an issue that Julie Simmons is in. It seems she has taken two million dollars from her last ill fated affaire & needs help to stay alive. An explosive yarn with good ole characters by your side.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Douglas

    I won't give too much detail in my review so as not to spoil the book for future readers. The book tells of murder [dating back 70 years], blackmail and lots of deception, Having said that there are also glimmers of hope. A woman turns up at Bill's office and he is asked to help her by his business partner and the book explains their next few days of mayhem

  24. 5 out of 5

    Frank Lopez

    Great book! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I like a hero figure that is more gray than black and white. Bill has had a colorful history and I think it gives him a good perspective on life and how to deal with his clients. I don't know if all of his novels include a bit of history(real or made up), but I intend to find out immediately as I read more of his work.

  25. 4 out of 5

    BonusMom

    Needed more depth In my opinion, the characters were flat and not likeable, the story was a little unbelievable (and I read enough books that I can suspend my belief, couldn't do it here), there were some editing errors and the story itself was not riveting. I will try another of Mr. Weir's books to compare.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Pat Oatman

    And then there were none, no Sheriff,no Ranger, no FBI. A complicated few days in the life of a man and his friends who run from the bad guy. Good descriptions and characters fill the story and keep it exciting. It is a great story for anyone. Heart pounding chases and other stuff.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

    Oh wow! I can't wait to read the next one and see what adventures Bill gets himself into. I've been interested in TX, its cultures, people and adventures for awhile but not as long as I've been having my nose in books. It's been a pleasure to put them together with this one. Good humor and Texan charm. Thank you, George Wier for the adventure.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Geraldine Nel

    Not so great Although the story line has a good back story i don't think the author took enough time with the depth of the story it had the potential to be a great suspense drama with a love twist. Sadly for me it didn't deliver the story i thought it would.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    Fast paced novel but really had trouble with the premise that a guy would get into as much mortal danger for a woman he didnt know and strongly suspected was guilty of teft and worse. maybe Im naive and men have been led into all kinds of things by a beutiful sexy woman.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    Sexist and disappointing I was intrigued because the author and setting are in the Austin TX area. But I was disappointed within pages by the stereotypes and sexism. I gave it a try hoping it would improve. NOPE!

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