A Waverly Thriller
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"A cracking good crime thriller that resurrects both the gambling hero of Kakonis' Michigan Roll and the exhilaratingly tough, yet deeply humane, storytelling that made that first novel one of the most memorable in recent crime fiction," Kirkus Reviews A mob boss has given professional gambler Timothy Waverly two weeks to make good on a $300,000 debt...or die at the hands of two hit men. Waverly's only hope is convince a pill-popping, ex-girlfriend and her loser husband to set him up in a series of high-stakes poker games in Palm Beach with a rich Arab prince who cheats at cards. But that's not the only game that's rigged. Waverly knows he's going to be killed as soon as he pays his debt...and that somehow he's got to cheat death in the ultimate gamble. "One of the top ten crime novels of the year " New York Times "Kakonis once again rolls nothing but sevens, throwing out a steady stream of brutally funny lies threaded through steamy sex, sun-fried morality, and sneaky card lore," Booklist "Aptly compared to Elmore Leonard, Kakonis builds exquisite tension...steamy with a high-rent, low-life atmosphere and an unforgettable cast." Publishers Weekly "Hot-wired, no-holds-barred, masterful " Washington Post "A cold-deck nightmare of high-stakes peril," Daniel Woodrell, bestselling author of Winter's Bone.
Cutting Edge Publishing, 9781941298121, 402pp.
Publication Date: July 17, 2014
About the Author
Master of Crime Fiction Tom Kakonis has been hailed by critics nationwide as the heir-apparent to Elmore Leonard... and for good reason. His stunning thrillers blend dark humor with gritty storytelling for compelling, and innovative crime noir capers packed with unique, sharply drawn characters and shocking twists. All of those talents are on full display in Treasure Coast, his bold new thriller from Brash Books. But that success is built on a foundation of incredible crime writing. In his highly-praised debut Michigan Roll, Kakonis introduced Tim Waverly - a loveable gambler who constantly finds himself playing a game of survival against the odds. The Waverly series continued with Double Down and Shadow Counter, and Kakonis also penned the hilarious and harrowing Christmas car heist Criss Cross. Kakonis took a darker turn with Blind Spot and Flawless, two mind-blowing thrillers he initially wrote under the pseudonym "Adam Barrow." Blind Spot is a tour-de-force that tracks a father's relentless, driving obsession to save his family at any cost, while Flawless, picked as a People Magazine Chiller of the Week, centers on a chilling serial killer as his perfectly-ordered life begins to crumbled when he falls in love, his imprisoned father is released, and a relentless, and sleazy, PI starts to follow the trail of bodies to his door. And now Tom Kakonis is back with the thriller his fans have been waiting to read for years. It was worth the wait. Treasure Coast Is "Get Shorty" meets "No Country for Old Men" on a sunny Florida coast that's teeming with conmen and killers - and marks the return of Tom Kakonis at his best.