Shadow Counter

Shadow Counter Poker pro Timothy Waverly s first outing Michigan Roll won a place on The New York Times list of the top crime novels of In he did it again with Double Down earning plenty of other pr

  • Title: Shadow Counter
  • Author: Tom Kakonis
  • ISBN: 9780451180667
  • Page: 360
  • Format: Paperback
  • Poker pro Timothy Waverly s first outing, Michigan Roll, won a place on The New York Times list of the top 10 crime novels of 1988 In 1991, he did it again with Double Down, earning plenty of other praise as well A starred review in Booklist declared, El Leonard has a serious rival camped out on his doorstep Timothy Waverly s latest escapade finds the disgraced woPoker pro Timothy Waverly s first outing, Michigan Roll, won a place on The New York Times list of the top 10 crime novels of 1988 In 1991, he did it again with Double Down, earning plenty of other praise as well A starred review in Booklist declared, El Leonard has a serious rival camped out on his doorstep Timothy Waverly s latest escapade finds the disgraced would he professor, ex con, and professional gambler just where you d expect him to be in Vegas Using his counting skills, he s trying to build a pile at all the best blackjack tables, keeping one quick move ahead of the casino watchdogs Fate, however, is about to deal Timothy Waverly a tricky hand First he stumbles across a basketball point shaving scam, but the trouble really begins when his sister turns up The naive Valerie has befriended Ignatius Eggs La Revere, a brilliantly calculating psychopath who steals for profit but maims and kills for the sheer fun of it When Eggs learns of the fixed games, he sees his shot at a really big score If it takes a killing to make a killing, that s just fine with him At this point Waverly realizes he s up to his jugular in complications With Valerie s life thrown into the pot like a jinxed poker chip, he s forced to play a bloody game of fast shuffling with the ice cold Eggs, who has the deck stacked with deceit and death It s a win or die showdown Shadow Counter glitters with all the neon allure and nonstop action of the Las Vegas strip It pays out pure, riveting reading joy right down to the last tense turn of the card and startling twist of the elegant plot It s what makes Tom Kakonis one of crime fiction s best bets.

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    1. This is the third and final volume in Tom Kakonis’s excellent series featuring Timothy Waverly, a professional card player who has found nothing but trouble ever since Kakonis first introduced him in Michigan Roll. At the end of that book, Waverly had to flee Michigan with some especially nasty characters on his trail. At the end of the second book, Double Down, he and his long-time partner Bennie Epstein had to race away from another dicey situation in Florida. It’s now 1993, and they’ve [...]

    2. Just right this trilogy ending, since the quality wasn't holding up anyway. Beats dragging out a stale formula and recycling scenarios as so many authors tend to do for an easy buck. This, last in Waverly trilogy, is easily the weakest of them. This time trying the cards in Vegas, after burning contacts and good will in Michigan and Florida, Waverly as always just can't get it right, Kakonis didn't even give him a femme fatale this time, there is a femme, but she happens to be Waverly's sister, [...]

    3. Tim Waverly versucht diesmal sein Glück in Las Vegas. Zu ihm stößt die etwas naive Schwester, die einem Wunderheiler anhängt.

    4. Kakonis structures Shadow Counter in such a way that stream-of-consciousness winds seamlessly through its third-person action scenes. In the opening, for example, Kakonis plops you down at a blackjack table where, from a gambler’s point of view, you’ll try to outwit suspicious dealers while you count cards and read other players minds. Later on, you’ll bump up against their sorry lives again as you drift through Vegas’ underbelly and encounter truly detestable baddies, sleazy hookers and [...]

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