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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Salvo Press; First Edition edition (August 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930486375
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930486379
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,126,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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High Steaks is a mystery packed with many subplots all leading to the same conclusion. Throughout the story, the drifty but celestial writings of the deceased Wanda Marie provide insight and depth to a well conceived plot. A good read. --Midwest Book Review

This first novel offers nonstop entertainment, peppy prose, and crafty complications. For most collections. --Publisher's Weekly --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

More About the Author

Rob Loughran began his life as a small child.
Now he's a writer and like most writers you've never heard of he has a fulltime job and a family.
But nothing matters to him quite as much as writing.
Rob has written and published two collections of short stories; mystery, young adult, and science fiction novels; three books on writing; 11 jokebooks; 200+ articles, and several screenplays. He teaches creative writing and when asked about how to become a writer he always quotes William Goldman, "There are no rules to writing, but if there were, caring would be right up there. Or, as we intellectuals are fond of saying, you had better give a shit."

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Mr. Loughran has the great talent of inciting emotion in the reader.
Camille
It's funny without telling jokes; it's touching; the female characters are brilliant: Lisa the Babysitter, Tasha, Corine (I love Corine!).
Jim Smith
The result is an entertaining read that demands, and earns, your full attention and keeps you guessing right to the very end.
Kai Tiura

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Susan E. Marshall on January 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
Swiftly moving, gripping, heartfelt, intelligent, funny, sensitive, emotional, and brutally honest down and dirty. Rob takes you on a journey with masterly crafted interwoven plots, but doesn't let you get lost in them. He gives just enough info to portray the scene and to make the reader feel up close and personal with the characters, but does not overwhelm the reader with unnecessary and excessive detail. And boy could he. Who has this depth and scope of knowledge of so many topics?? Again what intelligence! The characters are all so different and fleshed out really well, you really feel like you're there with them - a sweeping scope of human existence in many of its forms. An intriguing plot hard to put down...It felt as though I was watching a movie. Can't wait to see it! Keep em' coming Mr. Loughran!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca on August 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
I got to a point in the book where I just couldn't put it down. It just kept delving deeper, and I loved going with it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Penny Hosking on August 11, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book made me laugh but "High Steaks" didn't tell any jokes. The characters--just what they do--are legitimately funny. The females; Corine, Wanda Marie, Tasha, Kaitlyn, and Lisa are fully formed--very unusual for a mystery novel which generally relies on stereotypical females--The Whore, The Good Mother, The Hooker With A Heart Of Gold. Corine's chapter, #57 I believe, towards the end of the book, is poetry, insight, and delight. I just finished this book and I want to read it again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kai Tiura on January 25, 2012
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Not since I read The Milagro Beanfield War and The Hotel New Hampshire have I encountered such eclectic, quirky characters in a story that is so much fun to read. I suppose one could make comparisons between all kinds of great books and this wonderful narrative, but one would be hard pressed to actually name a comparable book.

This story of a small group of individuals who, through a variety of mishaps and subversion on both personal and governmental levels, come together by way of opposition is as well put together as any I have read.

Davis O'Kane, the main character, is opposed to allowing his ex-wife to take his beloved twin daughters and ruin his life. Wanda Marie is opposed to getting too close to any one person and allowing love to overpower her individualism. Woody McGuire is opposed to actually making any money with "Future Glue", the racehorse he owns and bets on constantly. Future Glue is opposed to winning. Woody's wife, Kaitlyn, is opposed to being broke, or, it seems, encumbered by marriage. Rooster Rudd, incumbent mayoral candidate in the upcoming election in the town of Nightingale, Nevada, home of our adventure, is opposed to losing the election or any of his current power. Len Arizona, his opposition, is opposed to Rooster's corruption and graft further impacting his beloved Nightingale, where his Paiute uncle William had told him the Indian names for local landmarks, then admonished him to never speak them in front of the white man or risk giving "their places" away.

This small sample of the numerous, rich characters in this story in no way does justice to the artful way Loughran weaves them all into an exhilarating tale full of humor, depth and humanity in all its glory and all its faults.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
Rob Loughran's career has consisted of working in restaurants. HIGH STEAKS is his first novel, and is the winner of the Fourth Annual Mystery Award.
Davis O'Kane's ex-wife wants custody of their twin daughters, the house, and to make his life miserable. He adores his twins, and his restaurant isn't doing so well either. He is a certified member of Gambling Anonymous. But when Wanda Marie, his on and off girlfriend, is found dead in the freezer in the restaurant of Nightingale, Nevada, Davis begins to wonder if there isn't a conspiracy out to get him. Freddy Finnegan, the town drunk whom Davis feeds a nightly steak, turns up in the trunk of his car, and the IRS comes knocking at the door. All the while, notes from Wanda Marie are addressed to the friends of Davis urging them to bet on a horse named Future Glue that barely qualifies for its races. Something doesn't smell right:
"No one's stupid enough to have a horse work out the morning of a race. Davis fumbled with the HumVee's door and walked to the trailer-Woody monitored his actions in the mirror. Future Glue lolled against the padded and blanketed side of the trailer, held up by a bridle and three straps. The horse's tongue lolled, gray and dry, from the side of his mouth. Davis jogged back to Woody. 'You've been doping Future Glue?'"
HIGH STEAKS is a mystery packed with many subplots all leading to the same conclusion. Davis is a nice-guy hero who is surrounded by misfits; spies; mobsters; and bad cops. The plot is driven by vignettes involving the various characters and their motives, and the denouement is a squirmer for anyone who loves animals and horses in particular. HIGH STEAKS exposes yet another seamy side of horse racing and the greed that usually results in beautiful horses being destroyed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Camille on August 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
High Steaks is a story that is ultimately about people. You get to meet a full spectrum of characters in this book, all of them equally fascinating, quirky and engaging. Mr. Loughran has the great talent of inciting emotion in the reader. I found myself loathing some characters and wishing I could buy a drink for some of the others. The story is fast-paced and immediately engaging. I highly recommend this book.
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