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Dead Man's Hand Paperback – October 20, 2012
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About the Author
Luke Murphy was born in Shawville, a small rural community in Western Quebec.
He played six years of professional hockey before retiring in 2006.
His road to novelist began in the winter of 2000, after sustaining a season ending eye injury. He continued to hobby write through the years, honing his craft, making time between work and family obligations.
He constantly read, from novels in his favorite genres to books written by experts in the writing field. He made friends (published and unpublished authors), learning what it took to become successful.
Feeling that he was finally prepared, in the winter of 2007, Murphy started to write Dead Man’s Hand. It took him two years to complete the first draft of his novel.
He hired Ms. Jennifer Lyons, of the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency, and in 2012, signed his first publishing contract with Imajin Books.
Murphy lives in Shawville with his wife, two daughters and a pug. He is a teacher who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, and a Bachelor of Education (Magna Cum Laude).
For more information on Luke’s books, visit: www.authorlukemurphy.com and join his Facebook page and Twitter account.
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Calvin wants out out the business. His boss agreed after one more job. Famous last words. That's when Calvin's life sound out of control into murder after murder. Starting with the murder of Doug Sanders owner of The Greek. The man who was his last job to collect from. After that bodies start to fall with Calvin looking good for all of them.
But is he? That is what Dayton and his partner Jimmie have to find out before anyone else dies. With pressure to solve the case strong but being blocked by higher ups not to approach some suspects the case is unusually difficult to solve. That has a good twist at the end.
Luke Murphy has written a fun, exciting mystery that will leave you wanting to read his next book.
Then, the two main characters are very interesting. We have Calvin Watters, an ex-college football star who's ego ruled his mind for a split second and now he'll pay for it for the rest of his life with a bum knee and a dead-end job. Watters is an enforcer for a bookie. He's the guy who makes sure that the bookie gets paid from the unfortunate gamblers who lose the bet. At 6 1/2 tall and built, well, like a football player, Watters is intimidating enough to get the job done.
Watching Watters go from all-star to one of the lowest jobs you can have, is a fascinating journey. Using all the strength of mind and body he once used to be outstanding on the football field, Watters is a force to be reckoned worth. Breaking bones and scaring the life out of ordinary men is usually the job of sociopath so it's interesting to watch out a man who's good but just down on his luck deal with his new life.
Dale Dayton is the detective who's on the case of a murdered casino owner and Watters is his main suspect. Watters knows he didn't do it so he's decided to help Dayton find out who did. Dayton is another good character, though he falls into a little bit of a cliche`. A guy who loses his family over too many hours at work, a character that seems to be in most crime novels. Dayton must go up against his boss to solve the crime, again, something you see in most crime novels.
It's really Calvin Watters that shines in this novel and he's the suspect. Also, there was a little too much telling between Watters and Dayton at the end to wrap things up. As I reader, I like to imagine where things might go, or be shown what the characters have learned rather than being told.
There's a good twist at the end of the novel, and the writing throughout is on par with any of the books on the bestseller list. Murphy writes a good crime/suspense novel. Considering this is his first novel, it's quite good and stands up well to other novels in his genre. He kept me reading and then surprised me at the end.
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