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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (13 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935597582
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935597582
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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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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By AyJay TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 May 2011
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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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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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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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Jim Snow quit his job as a detective in the homicide department of Las Vegas Metro in order to play poker for a living. Unfortunately for him, the cards are just not talking to him anymore. Part of this could be the guilt he feels when taking the money from tourists who are half drunk and think that know how to play poker with the pro's.

Jim's sister, Karen, has already buried two husbands and her latest husband has just been found dead under very suspicious circumstances. It looks even more suspicious when you take into account the half a million dollar insurance policy and that she has been having an affair with the last person seen with the victim. Desperate for help to prove her innocence she calls her brother even though they haven't spoken in two years.

I love Las Vegas. I have friends who live there and have visited the city six times so far. When I read the premise of this story I was slightly concerned that it would just end up as a name dropping exercise of all the tourist traps and the big casinos. What you get instead is Las Vegas as seen by locals - the city stripped of its tinsel town frontage. There are the small businesses, the RV lots, the local's bars, the rental apartments, the fear of unemployment, the homeless problem and the people drawn to the city to live the "American Dream" only to end up working as cab drivers, pit bosses and cocktail waitresses.

This though is not a bad thing in anyway. I've personally seen this side of Las Vegas and it is as fascinating if not more so than the glitter of the strip and the shows at the big casinos. Rex Kusler does a great job of telling us about the lives, hopes, dreams and fears of the ordinary people who live in an extraordinary city.
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