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Punctured (Las Vegas Mystery) [Paperback]

Rex Kusler
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24 May 2011 Las Vegas Mystery (Book 1)
Jim Snow and his sister Karen have never been very close. In fact, they haven’t seen each other since their mother’s funeral two years ago, despite living just three miles apart. But then Snow gets a panicked phone call from Karen telling him that her estranged husband has been murdered and she is the number-one suspect. Snow agrees to help, seeing as he’s the only family she has left. Plus he is a Las Vegas homicide detective—or at least, he was until he quit the force to become a full-time poker player. But while his crime-fighting skills may be a little rusty, even he has to admit Karen is a likely suspect. She stands to collect on her dead husband’s life insurance, which is quite the coincidence considering she’s been living on her first two husbands’ insurance for years. Snow isn’t sure whether or not his sister is innocent, and there’s only one way to find out. He joins forces with feisty cocktail waitress-turned-cop Alice James and together they set out amidst the glittering lights of Vegas to solve this witty and entertaining whodunit.

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (24 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935597582
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935597582
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 739,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Rex Kusler was born in Missouri and raised in a small town in Iowa. His writing began with a newsletter for a beer club he founded in San Jose in 1982. Soon afterward he tried his hand at short stories. After success selling some of them to a few regional magazines he began writing novels. Seven years, four novels, three agents, and a pile of rejection letters later, he gave up--for a while. In 2003 he wrote ANGELA. In 2009 he completed the first novel in his Las Vegas Mystery Series PUNCTURED, based on his experience selling his trailer for cash in an RV storage lot after dark. After success as a self-published e-book, it was re-released in May 2011 by Amazon Publishing. The second in the series is ASHES TO DUST, followed by DESERT DROP, and many others.

Chronology of the Las Vegas Mystery Series:
Plunge (Las Vegas Mystery #7)
Sinker (Las Vegas Mystery #6)
Smashed (Las Vegas Mystery #5)
Desert Drop (Las Vegas Mystery #4)
Ashes to Dust (Las Vegas Mystery #3)
Punctured (Las Vegas Mystery #2)
Snow Adrift (Las Vegas Mystery #1)

Note: Snow Adrift was written and released after Desert Drop, but it takes place before all the other novels in the series. Each novel stands on its own, so it isn't necessary to read them in order.

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About the Author

Rex Kusler was born in Missouri and raised in a small town in Iowa. Thanks to a lifelong fascination with mathematical probability and gambling, he enjoys spending his free time in Las Vegas and looks forward to retiring there. For now, he lives and works in the bay area of northern California, seeking humor and fun in whatever he does.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid start to a new series... 4 May 2011
By AyJay TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Former homicide detective turned professional poker player Jim Snow's quiet life is about to get a whole lot more eventful after his older sister Karen calls him one morning...

Her husband's dead body has just been discovered - shortly after she placed a half-million dollar insurance policy out on him. And with both of her ex-husbands also six feet under the detective heading the case is sure that he has the murderer in his sights and he is gunning to see her behind bars.

Snow and Karen don't get on well and hadn't seen each other for two years, so he doesn't know if she is innocent or where the truth in her statements ends. Is he prepared to help out Karen in her hour of need and deal with whatever he may uncover?

I don't read many mysteries and those that I do tend to have female leads, so getting into the mind of a middle aged cop turned poker player was a breath of fresh air. Snow seems like a decent man who has been worn down by the the things he heard and saw during his years as a cop and is now stuck in a loop, with no real plan about what to do with his life now. We don't learn too much about him yet [this is the first book in a planned series], but I suspect he may have depression.

I tend to read comedic and/or paranormal mysteries when I do read them and it was a refreshing change to read something more straight laced; Snow does throw a few witty comments out and he does banter with Karen a few times, but it comes out as an natural chemistry between the characters and doesn't seem like it has been forced into the scenes for comic relief. Likewise there are no prat falls and wacky situations thrown in, to try and drag a laugh out of the reader.
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4.0 out of 5 stars As Colourful and Fast Paced as Vegas 15 Jun 2011
By Wobette
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When you already have two dead husbands to your name and a third dies in strange circumstance leaving you even more well off... it helps to have a cop in the family, or at least an ex-cop who is now a Professional Gambler, especially when your lover was the last one to see your husband alive and you are less than familiar with the truth

Jon and Karen may not be the closest of siblings but Jon, wishing to help his sister and in need of some direction investigates the death of his Brother-In-Law. After all Gambling is only fun when you are winning and Jon needs something to take his mind of his ever lengthening loosing streak. Jon realises that although he may not have the magic touch at the tables any more, he still is a great detective

Rex Kesler has given us an easy reading but fast paced novel which exposes some of the more colourful yet cruel and vulnerable under belly and bright lights of Vegas.

A great beach read
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Comfortable Read 16 May 2011
By The Good Daughter VINE VOICE
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This was the first time I had come across this author and I would certainly read another of his books - especially if it had the same couple of central characters. The ex cop helping out his sister by investigating the murder of her husband is a "good egg" who seems very laid back in the path of his enquiries and who manages to have a pretty comfortable rapport with everyone that he talks to - I say talks to because the conversations are too casual to be referred to as interviews. The lady police officer who helps him out is a nice easy going person too who is willing to listen to the odd theory that he comes up with and is prepared to back up her support by using her badge and referring to her senior officer even when she is on "holiday" thinking about where her career is headed. I liked the twist in the tale in the last chapter and the suggestion that Mr Snow and Alice may get together on other investigations now that he isn't so sure that the life of a professional card player is really for him. Though this is a lightweight crime drama compared to some it is nonetheless very readable and I will look out for the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and fast-paced 6 Oct 2010
By VickiT
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Jim Snow and his sister don't get on, but none of that matters when Karen's estranged husband is found murdered and all fingers point to her and her lover. Not knowing what or who to believe, ex-detective-turned-poker-player Snow investigates...

A witty, fast-paced mystery with red herrings galore. Vivid characterisations and a strong sense of place combine to add real depth. I really enjoyed Kusler's clean writing and look forward to reading more from this author.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Punctured owes much to Raymond Chandler 15 Oct 2013
By Azucena
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A good read but not well written. Sometimes i had to read some sentences several times to make any sense of them. Also very repetitive,
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4.0 out of 5 stars Punctured 21 May 2013
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Good all through want to read more of his books I will certainly be buying them as I come across them
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Guilty Pleasure of a Book 9 May 2013
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Okay, so it's not the most challenging, game changing, life affirming or literary classic of a book. But who cares! It's well written, literate, well paced & enjoyable. And not too long - not trying to take itself seriously by throwing more pages at the reader like other author's work. Mr Kusler knows when to stop...and when he's on to a good thing. The background is believable enough, the characters likeable. And his name sounds like that of another author who is another of my guilty pleasures!! Read this book. Don't judge, analyse or compare it. Just enjoy it as a welcome relief from other tomes - a mouthwash for the brain!. And it's just the first in a series.... Refreshed... Right now back to Nietzsche!! ;-)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars TOO FAR FETCHED AND NOT ENGAGING
I found the story hard to read. Characterisation was fine but there was a lack of something which made me want to give up on it. Read more
Published on 16 Aug 2011 by J. Colin Moss
4.0 out of 5 stars Needed a better ending
I liked this Las Vegas tale, set behind the "glitz and glamour" public face of the town.

The author's world weary, ironic style is pitched exactly right for the... Read more
Published on 16 Jun 2011 by Andy Edwards
2.0 out of 5 stars Very lightweight
On the plus side, this is very easy to get into, and the narrative unfolds swiftly and easily. In other words, it's an undemanding, easy read. Read more
Published on 12 Jun 2011 by daisyrock
4.0 out of 5 stars Punctured
Jim Snow has not seen his sister for two years when she rings him out of the blue. Her estranged husband has been found murdered and the police are liking her for it, particularly... Read more
Published on 10 Jun 2011 by book fan
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor read
Jim Snow is an ex Las Vegas cop and a professional gambler, it's an intriguing story. He gets a call from his wealthy sister Karen whom he hasn't seen for 3 years, she tells him... Read more
Published on 3 Jun 2011 by A. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars What a cracker!
I loved this book - in fact lets get it said again I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!

The tale starts with the death of Karen's husband in a RV parking lot. Read more
Published on 31 May 2011 by ratscat13
2.0 out of 5 stars Not that good
Characters that are hard to get involved in and a convoluted and uninteresting plot.

This is one of those rare books which I gave up on before the end.
Published on 25 May 2011 by J. Colin Moss
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but tied up a bit too quickly
I enjoyed this book, and having recently been to Las Vegas on holiday I could relate to a number of the places mentioned in the book! Read more
Published on 16 May 2011 by Kash
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