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TEMPTATION TOWN (The Jack Barnett / Las Vegas Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – February 8, 2012
"His writing is tight, to the point, like a line drawing." -- Noir Journal
About the Author
After thirty years as a professional musician (piano), Mike Dennis left Key West and moved to Las Vegas in 2006 to become a professional poker player. He turned to writing when his first novel, The Take, was picked up by a publisher in 2009.
His next book, Setup On Front Street, was the first of a series of Key West Nocturnes, standalone noir novels. These books will lift the veil on Key West and reveal it as a true noir city, on a par with Los Angeles, New Orleans, or Miami.
The Ghosts Of Havana is the second book in that set. The third, Man-Slaughter, is now available, and the fourth, The Guns Of Miami, will be coming in 2013.
Mike has also introduced the Jack Barnett/Las Vegas series, about a reluctant ex-private investigator living in Sin City, USA. The first entry in that series, a novelette called Temptation Town, is now available. The second installment, Hard Cash, also a novelette, is currently available, as is the third entry, a full novel called The Downtown Deal.
Mike also has a collection of short stories, Bloodstains On The Wall. In addition, his stories have been published in A Twist Of Noir, Mysterical e, Powder Burn Flash, Slow Trains, and The Wizards Of Words 2009 Anthology.
In addition, Mike has an experimental rockabilly novel, Cadillac's Comin', a hard tale of a one-hit wonder who recorded for Sun Records in the chaotic early days of rock & roll.
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Las Vegas, Nevada
I enjoyed Dennis's first novel of the series set in Key West, so I thought I'd try this--but the little bit here gives me no interest in reading more of this Las Vegas Series.
But I read it in an hour.
Beware, this is not a book, it's a short story.
I'm glad I paid zilch. Any more and I'd be pissed.
Maybe he'll put out a real book.
Did I not get the whole book? It ended as if it were in the middle. Not what I look for in a good book!
Barnett could be describing himself when he speaks of Emily, the missing girl he's been hired to find, "before they drown, they've got to dig down within themselves and find something they think is worth saving. And they've got to do it all alone." Hang on to this roller coaster because when the screaming stops, it's like turning over a rock. Signature Dennis twists and turns, that keep you guessing, and a multi-layered ending that leaves you waiting for the next Barnett caper. Gritty and clever, a nimble departure from his longer works.