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Keno Runner

A Dark Romance (Western Literature Series)

David Kranes


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"Stories turn corners. They bump into you: You take them!" So New York writer Benjamin Kohlman has been told by one of many former bosses. Alone again and desperate, Kohlman has finally found his: Janice Stewart, recently acquitted of the grisly arson/murder of her father-in-law. Kohlman follows Janice to Las Vegas where she works as a keno runner. Anxious to start his book, Kohlman offers Janice, now known as Angel, a contract. The elusive, innocent Angel construes it as a marriage contract, and Kohlman's bizarre adventures begin.

Mysteriously treated like a high-roller in the casinos, Kohlman is beaten, stabbed, and shot. His wounds are salved by a doctor and his wife who offer a kinky interpretation of the Hippocratic oath. A black messianic boxer known as Challenger teaches Kohlman the meditative art of psychokinesis, and together they perform amazing feats. Angel, who introduces the resistant Kohlman as her husband, loves him with an unconditional devotion he has never known.

But after all his trials, Kohlman may be redeemed through shedding his own blood and through his growing love for Angel. Western Literature Series.

Praise For Keno Runner: A Dark Romance (Western Literature Series)

“A tour de force … Kranes writes with verve, and he’s consistently entertaining. -—Publisher’s Weekly

“As its subtitle predicts, this novel is a love story. It is also a romance in the older, Hawthornian sense of the word: it is filled with the fantastic, the improbable, and the shocking. . . . Though it is not a comfortable or sanitary novel, it has power and visceral authenticity.” -Levi S. PetersonWeber Studies

“This book will rattle your cage. It is fast, lively, unrestricted entertainment.” -The Overlay

University of Nevada Press, 9780874172768, 288pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 1995

About the Author

David Kranes is a nationally prominent playwright and author, with twelve books and many awards to his credit. Professor of English and director of creative writing at the University of Utah, Kranes has been affiliated with the Sundance Playwrights' Lab since its inception, and its artistic director since 1984.