A tale of love, murder, and retribution set in Las Vegas during the 1950s, The Devil's Wind takes place during the time of the city's swiftest growth, when snazzy new hotels are sprouting on The Strip and once a month the Atomic Energy Commission explodes an A-bomb less than sixty miles away.
Maurice Valentine is a successful architect from Los Angeles who is slick, cynical, and, above all, ruled by ambition. But trouble arrives in the form of the beautiful Mallory Walker, who seduces him and turns his world upside down. Is it love? Or might Mallory simply be using Valentine to get close to a powerful Vegas mobster with a finger in every pot? For all his power and cynicism, Valentine finds himself a pawn in a mysterious game of revenge that could cost him all he holds dear.
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As a besotted Valentine, meanwhile, tries to find Mallory’s killers and to unravel her motives for trying to kill him, an architect friend hands Valentine a news clipping: Mallory is alive and about to be married.| Read Full Review of The Devil's Wind
They also require a thrillingly lurid plot machinery—including a troubled mob patriarch and son, a land scam involving Jimmy Hoffa, heroin, murder, revenge and periodic nuclear blasts—to embroider an elemental struggle pitting 1956 Las Vegas, aka corruption and hollowness, against insurgent beatn...Jan 10 2005 | Read Full Review of The Devil's Wind
Tom Nolan Seattle Times 3.5 of 5 Stars "A classic piece of Hollywood noir, with a page-turning plot as tightly crafted as a Chinese puzzle, The Devil’s Wind demonstrates the genre is alive and thriving in novelist Richard Rayner’s hands."Nov 01 2008 | Read Full Review of The Devil's Wind
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