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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; paperback / softback edition (9 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575090049
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575090040
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.4 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 681,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born in California, but grew up all over the country, a bona fide Air Force Brat. I currently live in Colorado, with my miniature American Eskimo dog, Lily. I have a Masters in English Lit, love to travel, love movies, plays, music, just about anything, and am known to occasionally pick up a rapier.

I've never been a DJ, but I love writing about one.

Here's my website: www.carrievaughn.com

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Celebrity werewolf Kitty Norville thinks she's got her life sorted - but eloping to Vegas proves just how wrong she is!

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Carrie Vaughn was born in California, but grew up all over the country, a bona fide Air Force Brat. She currently live in Colorado with her miniature American Eskimo dog, Lily. She has a Masters degree in English Lit, loves to travel, and is known to occasionally pick up a rapier.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book Chick City on 12 Oct. 2011
Format: Paperback
"Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand" sees Kitty leave Denver and head to the City of Lights for some well deserved R & R, and to marry the man in her life. But things pan out a bit like a screw ball comedy.

Kitty ends up: staying in a hotel that's hosting a gun convention attended by bounty hunters who hate werewolves; hosting her radio show, 'The Midnight Hour', live on TV the night before her wedding; her beau gambling away their money and then disappearing without a trace; and finally delivering a letter to the Vampire Master of the City from Rick, Kitty's vampire friend and Master of Denver - which of course leads to lots of drama and trouble for Kitty!

Kitty also meets a group of were-animals that perform in a show on a daily basis in their animal form and after seeing it with her own eyes, Kitty senses something's just not right.

We also get to meet a new character, Odysseus Grant, a true magician. He's one of my favourite characters, he's so intriguing and I never really knew if he was friend or foe until the end.

"Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand" doesn't have as much action as the previous books, but there was still enough going on to keep me reading. I must admit that I am a little disappointed that Kitty is getting married. This seems to really cement the relationship between her and her man (I won't say who incase you haven't read the books yet). I much prefer my urban fantasy heroine to struggle with romance rather than it be all wrapped up neatly.

However, I keep getting mixed signals. Kitty says she's in love but then let's everything get in the way of actually getting married.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. C. Symonds on 21 Sept. 2010
Format: Paperback
Kitty and Ben head for Vegas - hello, gambling, mysterious shifters and a magician with a magic box...

What I've always liked about the Kitty books is just how ordinary Kitty is. In comparison to a number of other heroines in the Urban Fantasy genre she has no big over-arching storyline. She has no mysterious past to repent off and no secret destiny to prepare. She's not the only one who can save the world - again and again and again. She's just happens to be a werewolf and a radio host. Kitty is breathe of fresh air in the crowded fantasy genre and Carrie Vaughn makes it seem how ordinary it can be to be a werewolf. That ordinariness both works for and against the series at times. In Dead Man's Hand - Kitty and Ben run off to Las Vegas to get married and end up tangled with magicians, lycanthrope stage shows and rigged poker matches. Considering the number of extra-ordinary things they find in Vegas, it's amazing how ordinary the book is. Not much happens and there is little to connect the threads unless you include Kitty herself. However, some interesting things are brought up and it ends on a bit of cliff hanger. And as ever the most ordinary Kitty book is still miles better than the best book of some other authors.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth on 9 Feb. 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Although the reviewer before has pretty much already summed up the plot, I'm going to give my own opinion of the book and try not to give some of the ending away like she did!!

KITTY AND THE DEAD MAN'S HAND follows on literally a week after the events in KITTY AND THE SILVER BULLET. She's still a major success with her show at KNOB, her and Ben are now Alphas of her old pack (having defeated Carl and Meg, the old Alphas, in the previous book), Ben has asked her to marry him, and life is looking pretty peachy.
Except, planning a big white wedding is proving to be pretty stressful, especially as her mum is determined to have her say by playing the 'but I'm dying of cancer!' card, and so Kitty decides to elope to Las Vegas...

Once there, she has to deal with meeting the master vampire, Dom, performing 'The Midnight Hour' live as a TV show, Ben's new-realised 'talent' at poker, the rather gorgeous were-cat Balthasar, the mysterious (but slightly annoying) stage magician Odysseus Grant, and Ben's ex-hunting friends Evan and Brenda. So all in all it's a busy book!
One thing I found a bit curious was the complete lack of Cormic; yes, he is mentioned, especially as the hunters know him, but as far as I can tell Kitty hasn't even been to see him in jail yet to let him know that her and Ben are geting married, which disappointed me because I wanted to know what his reaction was going to be.

Fans of this series will definiately enjoy this latest edition; newbies I recommend you go back and start with KITTY AND THE MIDNIGHT HOUR. The next book is out in March 2009 :)
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By sir gawain on 17 Jun. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Good characters, good settings, good locations.
Well thought out with an open story line.
If you need another werewolf Kitty is your girl.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By shaz17 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Jan. 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This time, Kitty's taking on Las Vegas!

Her mind is filled with visions of a romantic weekend with her boyfriend Ben, lounging for hours by the pool with a frufru drink in hand, and maybe even getting hitched. She also plans a live, televised version of her popular radio show.

The plans go awry, however, and she find herself sharing the stage with Balthasar, a mysterious lycanthrope who fronts an animal act of sexy were-felines; a shadowy convention of bounty hunters specializing in supernatural targets; a stage magician whose magic may be the real thing; and Dom, the playboy Master vampire of Las Vegas. When Ben vanishes, Kitty faces a myriad of suspects with ill intent - or Ben himself, getting cold feet.

Things get even hotter when Balthasar sets his romantic sights on her. Kitty discovers that there are forces at work here beyond even Sin City's reputation. Kitty gets help from unexpected quarters. Evan and Brenda, tough-as-nails bounty hunters, and Odysseus Grant, the magician with dark powers, help Kitty through the dangers of this thrilling tale and the surprising twists are turns just never stop.

The next one is due out March. 'Kitty Raises Hell'
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