High Hand by Gary Phillips
(Martha Chainey Mysteries)

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The city of Las Vegas becomes a glitzy, gun-happy backdrop for ex-showgirl Martha Chainey, the provocative newprotagonist from the author of the acclaimed Ivan Monk series.

Six feet tall with a don't-mess-with-me attitude, Chainey (nobody calls her Martha) is a courier transporting large sums of money under the table for casino owners. She's been around long enough to know the score and has no qualms about making her living in the shadows of Sin City's neon lights...until the day her luck runs out.

Ambushed by masked shooters who make off with seven million in cash, Chainey's been given 72 hours to recover the casino owner's money—or else she can pick out her own coffin. Her desperate run leads her all the way to San Francisco and back home to West Las Vegas—Black Vegas—where she calls in markers from friends and foes alike. But it's on the strip's famous Glitter Gulch that chainey will enter the ultimate poker game. The stakes: winner take all. The wager: her life.


About Gary Phillips

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GARY PHILLIPS was born in South-Central Los Angeles and started writing in his teens. He is now the author of three Ivan Monk mysteries, including Violent Spring, Perdition, USA, and Bad Night Is Falling, as well as numerous short stories. A longtime community activist, he has published editorials on politics and pop culture in The Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Watts Times, The San Francisco Examiner, The Black Scholar Journal, as well as ColorLines and Rap Pages magazines. Phillips is at work on a second Martha Chainey novel.
Published November 1, 2000 by Kensington. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Tracking them back to a defunct spa on the Agua Caliente reservation gets Chainey into hot water herself with Vern Sixkiller of the tribal police, who’s investigating the murder of two Calientes sent to Vegas to negotiate with the moguls over casino rights.

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Martha Chainey, athletic, gun-toting ex-showgirl and mob money courier, makes her hard-hitting debut in this tawdry heist thriller, in which everybody is a crook.

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