family have a reputation for being cheats, thieves, and convicts,
but nineteen-year old Jamie Elders plans to break free of
the town and its people and start over by using her talents
as a poker savant. Fate doesn't want to let her go, however,
and she's drawn into a web of debt, lies, and murder.
her younger brother, Toby is implicated in a murder Jamie
knows he is innocent of, she sets out to find a way to save
him. She'll have some tough choices to make. Will she be able
to prove her brother's innocence without ultimately sacrificing
her own freedom and dreams?
most part, I found this book to be straightforward and although
many of the character's relationships are complicated, it
was clear as to their intent towards one another. Many of
the small-town inhabitants are indeed unlikable. Beaten down,
as it were, by their circumstances. Yet Jamie is a young woman
with a strong sense of right and wrong. She clearly wants
to come down on the side of right, but is hard-pressed to
find a way to do so.
criticism is that, while poker games and tournaments are a
consistent theme throughout the story, I know almost nothing
about poker and found myself confused and a bit frustrated.
I am not sure how the author could have rectified this, but
what comes to mind is a list of poker terminology at the back
of the book. That might be helpful.
do I think this book would appeal to? Adult mystery fans regardless
of gender, readers who can't resist learning about the underbelly
of small-town politics, and yes, poker aficionados!