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Haven't looked yet, but I sure hope there are more Doc Hill books.
Fascinating in its details about professional poker playing.
Hard to put down.
We want more Doc Hill thrillers.
In DEAD MONEY (a poker term for a player who has paid an entry fee in a tournament he has no chance of winning) Doc Hill leads adventure tourists down the River of No Return during his time off from high stakes poker games, his real job. Abruptly, the death of his long-estranged father puts him in the middle of a decades-spanning mystery and into the sights of a stone cold killer. A really good thriller read ensues.
His characters are interesting and engaging and everything from plane crashes to action scenes to poker games are well-executed.
This a solid, fun thriller and hopefully "Doc" Hill will return in the near future.
The story starts out with a guy flying back from a high-stakes poker game. In the middle of nowhere, his plane stalls out, and he ends up flying it into a canyon wall. It also reveals that the accident was actually an act of sabotage, and the person who did it has a much bigger agenda than just one death. This death of Doc Hill's father starts Doc on a search to find the killer, regardless of the fact that he and his dad had been estranged for years. Some digging reveals that a number of poker legends are being murdered, and they all seem to be connected by the fact that each one had a key that means something to someone. By this time, Doc is determined to see this through, and is willing to risk everything (including his life) in a winner-take-all game of poker.
The uniqueness of Dead Money is how everything is set in the world of professional poker. Hill is an outstanding player, his dad was a legend, and most of the people he interacts with have some tie into that world. The poker jargon comes fast and furious, and Smith makes it work well. I can see if you're into poker, this would make a great mystery read. Even if you're not, it's a fast-paced novel that hides things well until the very end...
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The book is fairly long, but with short chapters and a very quick pace. My only complaint, really, is that you have to have a better understanding of the game of poker to appreciate what goes on in the games. I've played a little Texas Hold 'em (which is what Doc plays), but if I hadn't, I'd be completely lost any time he sat down at a tournament. Your results may vary, but overall, I quite enjoyed the book.
This thriller intrigued me from the first page; it's a different take on gambling, and takes the reader deep into the fascinating world of professional, high-stakes poker. The characters are rich and well-drawn, and the tension grows tighter with every page, until the final (surprising) conclusion. Highly recommended.