The Lucky by H. Lee Barnes
(A Novel) (Western Literature Series)

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Unfolding from the bygone era of 1950s Las Vegas through the turbulent decades that followed, this epic novel examines the universal search for identity and reward in a world where the good life always seems out of reach. The streets of early Las Vegas are a tough place for a boy to grow up. Pete Elkins is fatherless, living in a cramped apartment with his mother, a party-girl with a penchant for falling in love with the wrong kind of man; and his older sister, who has grown up too fast from trying to parent both her brother and their reckless mother. Pete is headed for serious trouble when he is befriended by Willy Bobbins, a casino owner with a murky past and even murkier business practices. But Willy is also deeply compassionate and wise, and he soon becomes a surrogate father for the lonely Pete. Gradually, Pete becomes involved with Willy’s troubled family and comes to know both the scope of his mentor’s power and the depth of his vulnerabilities. 
 

About H. Lee Barnes

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H. Lee Barnes is a former Green Beret and Vietnam War veteran who has worked as a deputy sheriff, private investigator, and casino dealer. He currently teaches English and creative writing at the Community College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas. He is the author of three short story collections, another novel, a memoir, and a nonfiction book about casino workers. His short fiction has received the Willamette Fiction Award and the Arizona Authors Association Fiction Award, and in 2009, he was elected to the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. 
 
Published October 23, 2012 by University of Nevada Press. 407 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Willy hopes Peter will go to college, become a lawyer, marry his daughter and help him run his casino, the Lucky, but Peter is a petty thief who has killed a man with a golf club and would rather be a cowboy on Willy's Montana cattle ranch.

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‘The Lucky One’ is a tender love story written by the New York Times Bestselling author Nicholas Sparks.

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The Lucky Harbor Series is one of DiDi’s MUST READ SERIES.

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