The Mortal Nuts by Pete Hautman

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Targeted by drug addicts, a carnival taco vendor must defend his fortune
After years playing professional poker, Axel Speeter knows not to trust people. Retired from the table, this no-nonsense old salt makes ends meet by selling tacos at the Minnesota State Fair, and he’s got two things on his mind: developing a state-of-the-art burrito, and keeping an eye on the $260,000 he’s got squirreled away in coffee cans inside his room at the Motel 6. He’s so busy perfecting his Bueno Burrito that he doesn’t even notice when James Dean walks into the carnival. This James Dean isn’t famous, but he’s certainly wild. A drug addicted ex-con with a taste for mayhem, he’s got his eye on Speeter’s coffee cans, but quickly finds that the old hustler is not as brittle as your average taco shell. When a crook meets a carny, someone’s bound to get hurt.

About Pete Hautman

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Pete Hautman is the author of many books for young adults and adults, including the first book in the Klaatu Diskos series, The Obsidian Blade; the National Book Award?winning Godless; and The Big Crunch. About The Cydonian Pyramid, he says, ?I could never resist a tough, spunky, conflicted heroine. Following Lah Lia through the diskos was an incredible journey. She still scares me a little.? Pete Hautman splits his time between Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Published May 7, 2013 by Road. 322 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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 Another riotous carnival of larcenous fun Ö la Elmore Leonard—this time set in and around a real carnival.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of The Mortal Nuts

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Carl Hiaasen and Elmore Leonard fans who have yet to discover Hautman's wryly comic, warmly human characters and madcap plots are in for a treat. Septuagenarian Axel Speeter, former roving gambler, no

Mar 29 1999 | Read Full Review of The Mortal Nuts

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