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Dead Man's Hand by [Murphy, Luke]
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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 He made friends (published and unpublished authors), learning what it took to become successful.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: www.authorlukemurphy.com and join his Facebook page and Twitter account.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4512 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Imajin Books (10 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009OUT2ME
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #250,756 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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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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1. Main character - Calvin Watters - the exfootballer working as a debt collector for a casino - is interesting
2. But his change from a reluctant torturer to a good guy strains belief
3. He's set up as the fall guy for a series of murders
4. But the plotting is crude - are the police really that corrupt or that dim?
5. The story is set in Las Vegas
6. But there is no sense of what makes that city different- this could be Des Moines.
7. Casino owners fight a deadly battle to see who can take control
8. But their plotting has all the subtlety of a brick through the window
9. Dale, the lead detective is the only cop convinced on Watter's innocence
10. But the relationship between the two is spoiled by some truly dreadful sentimentality. Readers, turn the pages quickly when you get to those bits.
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I will admit to buying this book because the author followed me on Twitter and asked that I give his books a try... however, I was not disappointed. This book gripped me from the beginning to the end, all the more impressive when you realise that this is his debut novel.

The characters are well drawn and anything but perfect. They are realistically portrayed as humans with the same frailties and flaws that everyone has either experienced or knows of - pride, addiction, apathy, greed etc., etc.,

The story is far from straight forward and although I did have an inkling as to how it might end, turns out I was wrong in my assumptions. If you like James Patterson's Michael Bennett, Graham Masterton's Katie Maguire - you will like these.
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What a twisted web of deceit and counter-deceit. Poor detectives Dale and Jimmy hampered by their superiors as they investigated more murders at one time than ever before. It's just a shame that we knew who did the murders as the story unfolded. Still, a great read. I enjoyed it immensely.
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A fairly routine cops and bad guys story. An attempt to add some individuality by making one of the main protagonists a huge black ex-athlete with a gammy knee, and a detective who chews and spits baccy into a spit cup. The duff knee does come into play a bit but there seemed no point to Dale's addiction to Skoal. It was a mere add-on, which is never a good idea for story-telling since it seemed really out of character. (Could have been an added reason for his wife to leave him, I guess.) Also out of character as the story unfolded was the Calvin of the prologue. A good dramatic start to the tale but the Calvin of later chapters would really be unable to perform with hammer or pipe cutter - he seems to become much more sensitive.
The story moves along nicely and the writing generally works well enough. The mutual admiration of Calvin and Dale wasn't well handled, and there are one or two other bumpy plot points, but all in all probably just fails to come up to a full four stars; I've read far worse.
The title was poorly chosen. The casinos were a backdrop but the DMH was entirely irrelevant.
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Good plot idea, interesting setting and easy to read but then as the end draws near it all becomes super silly. The final dialogue between the Detective and the anti-hero Calvin, would be more at home in a Barbara Cartland Novel - totally un-necessary, half a dozen manly words would have been sufficient, and more befitting. Disappointing that the theme running through the book of who in the Police Department is feeding information , never gets resolved. Writing was good.
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