Ring Game by Pete Hautman

Ring Game by Pete Hautman

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To save a friend’s daughter from a bad marriage, Joe Crow confronts cultists, carnies, and cocaine wackos

Poker-playing ex-cop Joe Crow has been dealt some rotten hands in his life, but he’s survived them all. When Axel Speeter starts begging for help, Crow suspects his luck is about to run out. A taco-dealing former poker pro, Speeter’s worried about his girlfriend’s daughter Carmen. She’s the sexiest trouble magnet the state of Omaha has ever seen, and she’s about to drag Crow down with her.

Carmen has just gotten engaged to Hyatt Hilton, a onetime drug pusher who’s currently scratching out a living selling bootlegged Evian. Speeter wants Crow to make sure he’s staying on the straight-and-narrow. And it looks like Hilton’s involved in something much more dangerous than designer water. He’s about to cross the Amaranthine Church of the One—a New Age cult convinced that it’s found the secret to immortality, and doesn’t mind killing to prove it.


“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.” —Publishers Weekly

“Characters as juicy as these don’t grow on every writer’s tree. Bogus preachers, lovesick bodybuilders, cutthroat poker players, young women with muscle and attitude, old men who just want to go fishing—Hautman invests such characters with a lunatic reality.” —The New York Times

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