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High Hand

Gary Phillips

ISBN 1575666847
Publish Date 9/1/2001
Format Mass Market
Categories Mystery, Dafina
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“Chainey's too good to give up.” —Kirkus Reviews

The city of Las Vegas becomes a glitzy, gun-happy backdrop for ex-showgirl Martha Chainey—the provocative new protagonist from the author of the acclaimed Ivan Monk series.

Six feet tall with a don't-mess-with-me attitude, Chainey (nobody calls her Martha) is a courier transporting large sums of money under the table for casino owners. She's been around long enough to know the score and has no qualms about making her living in the shadows of Sin City's neon lights…until the day her luck runs out.

“Gary Phillips writes with raw power…you're about to take a wild ride.” —Jan Burke, Edgar Award-winning author of Bones

Ambushed by masked shooters who make off with seven million in cash, Chainey's been given 72 hours to recover the casino owner's money—or else she can pick out her own coffin. Her desperate run leads her all the way to San Francisco and back home to West Las Vegas—Black Vegas—where she calls in markers from friends and foes alike. But it's on the strip's famous Glitter Gulch that Chainey will enter the ultimate poker game. The stakes: winner take all. The wager: her life.

“A pleasure to read…buy it; you will not want to put it down.” —Reneé, Blackboard bestselling author of Please, Please, Please

About Gary Phillips:

Son of a mechanic and a librarian, Gary Phillips draws on his experiences ranging from state director of a political action committee to delivering dog cages in writing his tales of chicanery and malfeasance. He is the editor and contributor to the bestselling Orange County Noir and Scoundrels: Tales of Greed, Murder and Financial Crimes. Edgar-nominated author Kathleen George, in her review of the collection on wrote, in part, “They feature smart talk and the kind of witty alienation that marks characters in the tradition of Elmore Leonard.”

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