Who Killed Joe Italiano

A John Bekker Mystery • Book 6

On a much needed vacation with his daughter Regan and close friend Oz, in Puerto Rico, John Bekker—the reluctant private investigator from the Nero Award-winning mystery novel With 6 You Get Wally—finds his vacation cut short when on a hot night he can’t sleep and takes some fresh air on the balcony of his hotel room.

Bekker’s hotel is directly across the street from famed Luquillo Beach. The ocean is invisible in the dark, but street lights illuminate the sidewalks. A man is calmly smoking a cigarette on the sidewalk, seemingly minding his own business. After a few minutes, a second man joins the smoker. They speak for a few seconds and then walk down to the beach and into total darkness.


The following morning, Bekker is surprised to see dozens of police officers on the beach. A newspaper story details the murder of one of Puerto Rico’s most famous and beloved businessmen and philanthropist, a man they call Joe Italiano. Bekker decides to speak with the detective in charge of the investigation, Gerardo Escalante, and tell him what he witnessed from his hotel room balcony.

Bekker decides to stay in Puerto Rico and help Escalante with the investigation. He meets the governor who sheds some light on Joe Italiano’s political ambitions. Joe Italiano believed that Puerto Rico should achieve statehood and was a vocal member of an organization with the same goal.

Based on 26 Reviews
LaDonna Pride
January 3, 2020

5.0 out of 5 stars Better and better

Seriously….each Bekker story continues to get better. I feel like I have a personal connection with all of the characters. Here is hoping the series continues!

Mary N
December 18, 2019

4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, poor proofreading

I really enjoy the Bekker books. He takes us on a lot of twists and turns; you think you have it figured out and BAM, it changes direction but the typos and grammar errors are very distracting. I understand that the world now relies on spell check but there are so many words that sound alike and are spelled differently that change the meaning of the sentence. It will not stop me from reading the books; I just needed to point that out.

Kimberly Robinson
August 13, 2019

5.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful John Bekker Mystery

Who killed Joe Italiano is another ” can’t book the book down mystery novel, filled with suspense along with some surprise romance with the characters. Al Lamanda also does a great job describing the scenes and places as if you were there yourself. I can’t wait to read another John Bekker mystery novel and see what the future holds for Jack, Jane, Regan, Phil, Oz & Louisa !!!

Ricky N.
July 14, 2019

5.0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent Bekker Novel

Who Killed Joe Italiano? is the latest in the John Bekker series by Al Lamanda. The novel starts out in Puerto Rico where Bekker, his daughter Regan, and friend Oz are on vacation. While there Bekker witnesses two men talking with one another at 3 AM. One of those men, Joseph DeSousa (known as Joe Italiano by locals) is found murdered on the beach. Bekker informs authorities and is invited to help with the investigation. Bekker with the help of his FBI friend, Paul Lawrence and his lover, sheriff Jane Morgan, determines who and under what circumstances DeSousa was killed. This is a fast pace procedural and another excellent novel in this excellent series

April 23, 2019

5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss out on this book ( five stars…)…

A friend recommended this authors book to me , and I must say that I am now a fan. of the John Bekker mystery Series, I thoroughly enjoyed the suspense,and intrigued and story line of John Bekkers journey to find ‘ who done it ‘ I cannot wait to read my next book from this Nero Award author Al Lamanda’s ‘ With six you get Wally ‘ and other books by him..

April 6, 2019

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Addition to the John Bekker Series!

If you have not read any of the different series by Al Lamanda, then you are missing out on a talented author. In this sixth book of the “John Bekker” series, John, his daughter Regan and their friend Oz are vacationing in Puerto Rico. While there, John notices a meeting between two men, on the beach at 3:00 a.m. Later he will discover that one of the men, Joseph DeSousa, was murdered and he provides what information he can to the local police. John is a former special crimes detective who has found his way beyond the tragedy of his past. Bekker is hired, by DeSousa’s wealthy family, to find the person responsible for his death. Bekker is amazing at spotting clues that others may miss and finds himself wading through the details of DeSousa’s life. Was it a local man who killed him or did someone fly to the island for the purpose of eliminating him? Why would he meet with someone at 3:00 a.m. on a deserted beach? John Bekker’s character reminds me of Spenser in the Robert B. Parker novels as those he comes in contact with will only disregard his ability once before they realize their mistake. I would advise you to read the entire series, but you can feel comfortable reading this book without doing so as the author provides enough information about the characters so that you will not feel lost. I received an advance review copy at no cost and without obligation for an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)

toy duncan
February 24, 2019

5.0 out of 5 stars Great story and characters!!

I’ve read all the Bekker mysteries and can’t wait for the next one. Lamanda never disappoints in any of his books. Get a copy and settle down for awhile because you can’t put it down.

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