High Steaks

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Winner of the Mystery Novel Award. Davis O'Kane thought his fall from grace had reached its lowest point, with an impending divorce and a custody battle for his twin daughters, but then he finds a dead body in his restaurant, and his world sinks as deep as a Uranium pit in the high desert of Nightingale, Nevada. Nightingale is a place where high stakes gamblers and rednecks belly up to the bar with high-priced hookers and federal agents. High Steaks propels the reader into the realm of crooked horse racing, cheating the roulette wheel, and murder as hot as a Nevada summer, set against a backdrop of the town's first contested mayoral race in decades. Follow Davis as he unravels the murder and pulls himself up from the brink of despair.
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About the author

Rob Loughran began his life as a small child. Now he's a writer and like most writers you've never heard of he has a fulltime job and a family. But nothing matters to him quite as much as writing. Rob has written and published two collections of short stories; mystery, young adult, and science fiction novels; three books on writing; 11 jokebooks; 200+ articles, and several screenplays. He teaches creative writing and when asked about how to become a writer he always quotes William Goldman, "There are no rules to writing, but if there were, caring would be right up there. Or, as we intellectuals are fond of saying, you had better give a shit."
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Publisher
Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Aug 1, 2003
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Pages
276
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ISBN
9781627934206
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
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