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"A darkly humorous caper novel that offers strong entertainment," Publishers Weekly

Failed professional gambler Jim Merriman goes to Florida to attend his sister's funeral and ends up saddled with her loser son Leon, who is in debt to a vicious loan shark who sends a pair of sociopathic thugs to collect the money. Just when it seems things couldn't get any worse for Jim and Leon, they get sucked into a kidnapping plot involving the sexpot wife of a rich businessman, a fake preacher selling mail-order tombstones, a psychic who channels the dead, and a sleazy PI that spirals as dangerously out-of-control as the hurricane that's closing in on the Treasure Coast.


"Simply tremendous! Tom Kakonis' writing is on a level with Elmore Leonard," Chicago Tribune

"Kakonis is a sharp new gambler in the literary crap game -- he just takes the pot." The New York Times

"Aptly compared to Elmore Leonard, Kakonis builds exquisite tension...steamy with a high-rent, low-life atmosphere...and an unforgettable cast." Publishers Weekly

"A cold-deck nightmare of high-stakes peril," Daniel Woodrell, author of "Winter's Bone."

"A sure narrative voice, a richly shaded hero and heroine, nightmare-vivid villains, and a plot paved with switchbacks and big curves add up to classy, if brutal, crime entertainment: this one cooks," Kirkus Reviews

"Tom Kakonis is a master of the low-life novel. Nobody does it better." Ross Thomas

Genre: Mystery

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