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Dead Money (Doc Hill Thriller Book 1) Kindle Edition
A fast-paced thriller that delves deep into the enticing world of high-stakes poker, Dead Money raises the risk of the political thriller to create an exciting new genre—political poker thriller.
“Dean Wesley Smith does for poker what James Patterson does for serial killers.”
—Sheldon McArthur, former owner of Mysterious Books in Los Angeles
“[An] exhilarating political poker thriller.”
—Midwest Book Review
About the Author
- ASIN : B00GH0Q178
- Publisher : WMG Publishing, Inc. (November 5, 2013)
- Publication date : November 5, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 3087 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 378 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #647,825 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Fascinating in its details about professional poker playing.
Hard to put down.
We want more Doc Hill thrillers.
In DEAD MONEY (a poker term for a player who has paid an entry fee in a tournament he has no chance of winning) Doc Hill leads adventure tourists down the River of No Return during his time off from high stakes poker games, his real job. Abruptly, the death of his long-estranged father puts him in the middle of a decades-spanning mystery and into the sights of a stone cold killer. A really good thriller read ensues.
His characters are interesting and engaging and everything from plane crashes to action scenes to poker games are well-executed.
This a solid, fun thriller and hopefully "Doc" Hill will return in the near future.
Haven't looked yet, but I sure hope there are more Doc Hill books.
The story starts out with a guy flying back from a high-stakes poker game. In the middle of nowhere, his plane stalls out, and he ends up flying it into a canyon wall. It also reveals that the accident was actually an act of sabotage, and the person who did it has a much bigger agenda than just one death. This death of Doc Hill's father starts Doc on a search to find the killer, regardless of the fact that he and his dad had been estranged for years. Some digging reveals that a number of poker legends are being murdered, and they all seem to be connected by the fact that each one had a key that means something to someone. By this time, Doc is determined to see this through, and is willing to risk everything (including his life) in a winner-take-all game of poker.
The uniqueness of Dead Money is how everything is set in the world of professional poker. Hill is an outstanding player, his dad was a legend, and most of the people he interacts with have some tie into that world. The poker jargon comes fast and furious, and Smith makes it work well. I can see if you're into poker, this would make a great mystery read. Even if you're not, it's a fast-paced novel that hides things well until the very end...
Obtained From: StoryBundle
Dean Wesley Smith
WMG, Jun 13 2013, $15.99
In Idaho, poker champ Carson Hill dies when his small plane crashes. A person detonated an explosion in the plane's engine while watching the crash but cannot retrieve the coveted key from the victim. Also in Idaho, on a whitewater trip Carson's estranged son Jonathan "Doc" Hill learns from his business partner and BFF Fleet Korte that his father died. They tell the former's grandfather Ace who asks them to learn the truth.
Someone hires Grove to dig up the grave of great poker champion Jeff Taylor who was murdered in an unsolved case twelve years ago. The smell is overwhelming in spite of the really good condition of the remains and worse to Grove is the gross touching of the shirt to remove a key from the deceased's neck. Grove goes to Vegas to deliver the key to his client for a sizable fee. Steve Harrison the client takes the key while musing one down eight players with keys to go before killing Grove. As Doc seeks what happened to his father after the Big Game, he finds a connection to a 1982 game and the White House.
Though the premise should be over the top of the Central Idaho Mountains, Dean Wesley Smith draws a royal straight flush by making the hand he deals readers seem possible with this exhilarating political poker thriller. With his DNA containing the poker gene, the protagonist, accompanied by his loyal sidekick, raises the stakes, bluffs and calls his way in a Dead Money game in which the players' ante is their life.