- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,324,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Punctured (Las Vegas Mystery) Paperback – 13 Apr 2011
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book. Very good twists throughout, building up to a grand finale. Can see lots of different future directions from Snow.Published 5 months ago by Chris
Good holiday read. Not the most riveting I've ever read but I with persist with the series,Published on 22 Jun. 2015 by Ms. Susan M. Crook
Really enjoyable, can't out down reading. The plot was excellent. The characters were great and it was difficult working out who done it. Highly recommeneded.Published on 12 Jun. 2015 by Linda
I found it a little slow to start with but the characters grew as the story unfolded.Published on 1 Jun. 2015 by bookworm
A fast paced thriller set in an underworld of Las Vagas casinos , gangsters and cops. Thoroughly enjoyable.Published on 9 May 2015 by hazelforde
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,Published on 15 Oct. 2013 by Azucena
Good all through want to read more of his books I will certainly be buying them as I come across themPublished on 21 May 2013 by Albert Clark McInnesw