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Dead Man's Hand

A Calvin Watters Mystery, Book 1
Narrated by: Conner Goff
Series: A Calvin Watters Mystery, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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What happens when the deck is stacked against you....

From NFL rising-star prospect to wanted fugitive, Calvin Watters is a sadistic African-American Las Vegas debt collector framed by a murderer who, like the Vegas police, finds him to be the perfect fall guy. 

...and the cards don't fall your way? 

When the brutal slaying of a prominent casino owner is followed by the murder of a well-known bookie, Detective Dale Dayton is thrown into the middle of a highly political case and leads the largest homicide investigation in Vegas in the last 12 years. 

What if you're dealt a Dead Man's Hand? 

Against his superiors and better judgement, Dayton is willing to give Calvin one last chance. To redeem himself, Calvin must prove his innocence by finding the real killer, while avoiding the LVMPD, as well as protect the woman he loves from a professional assassin hired to silence them. 

Reviews for Dead Man's Hand

"You may want to give it the whole night, just to see how it turns out." (William Martin, New York Times best-selling author of The Lincoln Letter

"Dead Man's Hand is a pleasure, a debut novel that doesn't read like one, but still presents original characters and a fresh new voice." (Thomas Perry, New York Times best-selling author of Poison Flower

"Murphy writes in a clean, mean style, as compelling as a switchblade to your throat…the real deal." (Rick Mofina, award-winning author of They Disappeared)

©2018 Luke Murphy (P)2019 Luke Murphy

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Action, suspense, thriller

When bodies start piling up, Calvin is suspected and must prove his innocence before more people are killed, including the woman he loves.

This story kept me on my toes. With various twists, intriguing themes and characters, and plenty of action and suspense, i was entertained throughout. Set in Las Vegas, the story involves casinos, gambling, corruption and politics intertwined into a great and believable story.

Conner narrated well and had good intonation. His performance was clear and enjoyable.

Note: This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this objective review voluntarily.

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Excellent, well written story!

Excellent story by this new-to-me author! Calvin. Watters is known as a ‘knee-breaker’ working for a well known Las Vegas bookie. Calvin is tired of his meaningless ‘job’ and wants out. Except the bookie isn’t ready to let Calvin go...and helps to set him up for the murder of a prominent casino owner. Now Calvin is the suspect in, not just the casino owner’s death, but also that of the bookie. Since the real killer has friends in high places, will Calvin get justice? Detective Dale Dayton doesn’t believe that the case is as cut and dry and he’s being forced to accept. Can good detective work take down the real killer?
Excellent story with a surprising twist at the end. Looking forward to the next book.
I accepted a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Enjoyed this book thoroughly!

I'm not good at writing reviews. But I wanted to say this is a fast-paced thriller that captured my attention from the first page. I listened as often as I could and never lost interest. Likeable and believable characters, stellar narration. This is worth the listen/read.

I'm from Las Vegas, and Luke Murphy did a wonderful job representing the city. I'm looking forward to book two.