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Dead Man's Hand [Kindle Edition]

Luke Murphy
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Book Description

What happens when the deck is stacked against you…

From NFL rising-star prospect to wanted fugitive, Calvin Watters is a sadistic African-American Las Vegas debt-collector framed by a murderer who, like the Vegas Police, finds him to be the perfect fall-guy.

…and the cards don't fall your way?

When the brutal slaying of a prominent casino owner is followed by the murder of a well-known bookie, Detective Dale Dayton is thrown into the middle of a highly political case and leads the largest homicide investigation in Vegas in the last twelve years.

What if you're dealt a Dead Man's Hand?

Against his superiors and better judgment, Dayton is willing to give Calvin one last chance. To redeem himself, Calvin must prove his innocence by finding the real killer, while avoiding the LVMPD, as well as protect the woman he loves from a professional assassin hired to silence them.

Editorial Reviews:

"Luke Murphy's Dead Man's Hand is a pleasure, a debut novel that doesn't read like one, but still presents original characters and a fresh new voice." —Thomas Perry, New York Times bestselling author of Poison Flower

"It's always a pleasure to welcome a new voice to the ranks of mystery-thriller authors. So welcome Luke Murphy, who delivers plenty of both in his debut novel, Dead Man's Hand. Give it an evening and you may want to give it the whole night, just to see how it turns out." —William Martin, New York Times bestselling author of Back Bay and The Lincoln Letter

"Part police procedural, part crime fiction, Dead Man's Hand is a fast, gritty ride." —Anne Frasier, USA Today bestselling author of Hush

"Luke Murphy writes in a clean, mean style, as compelling as a switchblade to your throat. Murphy's the real deal." —Rick Mofina, award-winning author of They Disappeared

"Dead Man's Hand is a pedal-to-the-metal thriller. Luke Murphy pours a load of talent into his first novel, and it takes off on the first page. Vivid characters and wire-taut plotting make Murphy's novel a five star read. Don't begin Dead Man's Hand if you need to do anything else today." —James Thayer, author of White Star

"What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas? Be glad. Be very glad. Luke Murphy puts on display the seedy underbelly of Sin City, where deceit, treachery, vengeance and the double cross are practiced like an art form. For a tight taut thriller, bet on a Dead Man's Hand." —Anthony Bidulka, award-winning author of the Russell Quant Mysteries

"Calvin Watters is an anti-hero you will cheer in this solid debut that poses twisted questions about crime and punishment." —Julie Kramer, award-winning author of Shunning Sarah

"Dead Man's Hand gripped me with terror from the first sentence. Tense! Thrilling! Terrifying! Luke Murphy is a great mood-builder on the order of Dean Koontz!" —Betty Dravis, award-winning author of Six-Pack of Blood

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About the Author

Luke Murphy was born in Shawville, a small rural community in Western Quebec.

He played six years of professional hockey before retiring in 2006.

His road to novelist began in the winter of 2000, after sustaining a season ending eye injury. He continued to hobby write through the years, honing his craft, making time between work and family obligations.

He constantly read, from novels in his favorite genres to books written by experts in the writing field. He made friends (published and unpublished authors), learning what it took to become successful.

Feeling that he was finally prepared, in the winter of 2007, Murphy started to write Dead Man’s Hand. It took him two years to complete the first draft of his novel.

He hired Ms. Jennifer Lyons, of the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency, and in 2012, signed his first publishing contract with Imajin Books.

Murphy lives in Shawville with his wife, two daughters and a pug. He is a teacher who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, and a Bachelor of Education (Magna Cum Laude).

For more information on Luke’s books, visit: and join his Facebook page and Twitter account.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 773 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Imajin Books (10 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009OUT2ME
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #229,323 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Luke Murphy lives in Shawville, Quebec with his wife, two daughters and pug.

He played six years of professional hockey before retiring in 2006. Since then, he's held a number of jobs, from sports columnist to radio journalist, before earning his Bachelor of Education degree (Magna Cum Laude).

For more information on Luke and his books, visit:, 'like' his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter!/AuthorLMurphy

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thrilling Read 24 Feb. 2013
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Welcome to Las Vegas, the world of casinos and the rich, but also where those lower down the food chain etch out a living. Calvin Watters, black, and once a promising American Football prospect, is currently collecting debts for a sleazy bookie. In love and wanting to get out of the business it is on his last job that things seem a bit weird. Unknown to Calvin he is being set-up to be the fall guy.

In a story about greed, power and manipulation Calvin finds himself wanted by the police and with a hit man on his tail. With pressure being put on the lead detective on the case it seems that Calvin is wanted for a continuing rise in murders, even if he is innocent.

As you read this story you know who are the guilty parties, and what the police are doing, as well as the problems Calvin is facing. All the time though you are left wondering if there is someone else pulling the strings that no one is aware of. This is a thrilling and gripping read that is very compelling. This is also open to a degree, allowing for more books starring Calvin Watters.

If you are looking for something that will grip you and has loads of action and murder, then you can't really go wrong with this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing Read 14 Jun. 2013
Ordered this book on Amazon after coming across it on Twitter. I am a slowish reader so have to pick books carefully before I read them. I am a big Michael Connelly fan and also read Harlan Coben and must say when I began reading this book I was hooked from the first page. Took just over a week to read which is quick for me . This book just keep rolling along with twists and turns right to the end. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it highly. cant wait for the next book from this author
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Incredible Read! 6 Aug. 2013
By Anni
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This book is an intense and thrilling journey, following the high and fast track life of the casinos running the lights of Las Vegas both day and night.

Every character is an outcast or concealing a secret, hiding in the alleys of the city, running from a life and ghosts of the past that hold them back: Calvin Watters, the main protagonist of this story and the crucial pivotal character within the plot, shows us through a short yet dangerous time where his resolve for wanting a more fulfilling life and striving to be a better person is put to the test.

A story that fully captures the meaning of surviving and believing that there is always a way out, Dead Man's Hand is an incredible read into the misunderstood lives of the criminal, the persecutor and the law. I myself very much look forward to seeing more from Luke Murphy, who writes with piercing insight into the complexities of people who society judges far too quickly when and how they fall and rise.

A first book well written, well done!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic debut book 17 Jun. 2013
By Sarah
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I was kept guessing and enthralled to the very end with this book. The plot, setting and characters were great and it was fast paced with plenty twists and turns to keep me turning the pages quickly to keep up with it all! I look forward to reading the next instalment!
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5.0 out of 5 stars GRIPPING FROM BEGINNING TO END 6 Jun. 2013
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Really enjoyed this book, so much that I read it in a day!! After reading the sample I downloaded the book, I was hooked. Brilliant twist at the end.. makes me want to read more from this Author

Must-Read.. Fast-Paced.. Couldn't put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Debut - can't wait for more 6 May 2013
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As debut novels go, this ranks among some of the best I've read... And I've read A LOT! Great characters, great storyline and great ending, leaving you anxious for the next book. Well done Luke - now hurry up with number 2 please???
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get reading! 1 May 2013
By Ellen
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Really captivating read, with lots and twists and turns that mean you won't put it down! I loved the main character as he isn't what you'd expect. Would definitely recommend!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 9 April 2013
By Debby C
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A well written thriller with a good storyline and characters that will keep you reading on, a good twist at the end of the story, i couldnt put my kindle down, i really enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read more by this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome first outing from Luke Murphy
An awesome first outing from Luke Murphy. A good setting, more than likeable characters and of course baddies too. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kymm Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend this novel
I highly recommend this novel! I discovered it by accident and am so glad I did. Being a constant reader it was so refreshing to stumble upon this after feeling let down by a few... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Barry J Win
5.0 out of 5 stars One to keep u up all night
From the very beginning the story grabbed my attention and had me turning each page. It was a book that each time I put it down I couldn't wait to pick it up again and continue... Read more
Published 5 months ago by lisa ganley
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Published 6 months ago by bill wood
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent
Good effort for first book, I look forward to the next instalment as the characters have been set up well for a series.
Published 7 months ago by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars really good reading, not something I've thought of reading before
really good reading, not something I've thought of reading before,your always on tender hooks on what's going to happen next, I think everyone should buy it you won't be... Read more
Published 10 months ago by shelley bell
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent debut novel
If you love crime/thriller then this is the book for you. It was fast paced and full of twists and turns. Well done Luke on your first book. Now where is #2!!!
Published 14 months ago by Rachel Connolly
5.0 out of 5 stars The ace of spades
Awoke about 8.30. Woke up few times in night but went back to sleep.
Had egg on toast for breakfast . Carried on cleaning house v dusty.
Published 15 months ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting page turner
Dead man's Hand - from the opening prologue this book start with and holds a fast pace pulling you deep into the story and enticing you to keep turning those pages. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Allison Sarah Christie
5.0 out of 5 stars you'll need to concentrate but it's worth it
There are many characters and twists and turns so you'll need to concentrate but it's worth it. I read this book in one sitting and it's a long time since I was gripped enough to... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Fi Palmer
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