Dead Man's Hand: Crime Fiction at the Poker Table

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If ever a subject begged to be associated with crime it is gambling, writes Otto Penzler in his introduction to this collection of short stories set at the poker table and beyond. In Walter Mosley’s Mister In-Between, a bagman is sent to collect from a rigged poker game, but soon begins to wonder who the real mark is. In One Dollar Jackpot, Michael Connelly’s detective Harry Bosch finds himself looking for tells when facing off against a professional poker player in the interrogation room. And a young woman learns how to bluff the hard way in Hardly Knew Her, by Laura Lippman. In these and others stories, aces of the mystery-writing world—including Joyce Carol Oates, Alexander McCall Smith, Jeffery Deaver, John Lescroart, and others—combine to form a winning hand.

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OTTO PENZLER is the founder of the Mysterious Press and owner of the Mysterious Bookshop in New York. He has written and edited several books, including the Edgar-winning Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection and the Best American Mystery Stories series. He lives in New York.

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Despite some excellent individual efforts from a Who's Who of crime writers, this uneven anthology of poker-related stories never truly capitalizes on the game's innate drama. Any mystery lover will enjoy Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks story, The Eastvale Ladies' Poker Circle, though poker is merely a backdrop in this and too many of the stories. Michael Connelly fans will appreciate Harry Bosch bluffing out a murder suspect in One-Dollar Jackpot, while a rigged poker game on a cruise ship has dire consequences in Alexander McCall Smith's haunting In the Eyes of Children. Poker does occupy center stage in Jeffery Deaver's Bump, where a former TV star tries to increase his popularity by appearing in a made-for-TV poker tournament, but the poker details are suspect. Professional poker player Howard Lederer's introduction reminds the reader of the enormous effect poker has had on American culture, but this anthology never really mines the game's explosive popularity. (Nov.)
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