Dead Man`s Hand - a crime-thriller by Luke Murphy

Back cover text for DEAD MAN'S HAND:
 
What happens when the deck is stacked against you…
 
From NFL rising-star prospect to wanted fugitive, Calvin Watters is a sadistic African-American Las Vegas debt-collector framed by a murderer who, like the Vegas Police, finds him to be the perfect fall-guy.
 
…and the cards don't fall your way?
 
When the brutal slaying of a prominent casino owner is followed by the murder of a well-known bookie, Detective Dale Dayton is thrown into the middle of a highly political case and leads the largest homicide investigation in Vegas in the last twelve years.
 
What if you're dealt a Dead Man's Hand?
 
Against his superiors and better judgment, Dayton is willing to give Calvin one last chance. To redeem himself, Calvin must prove his innocence by finding the real killer, while avoiding the LVMPD, as well as protect the woman he loves from a professional assassin hired to silence them. 

Review blurbs for DEAD MAN'S HAND:
  
"You may want to give it the whole night, just to see how it turns out."
—William Martin, New York Times bestselling author of The Lincoln Letter
 
"Dead Man's Hand is a pleasure, a debut novel that doesn't read like one,
but still presents original characters and a fresh new voice."
Thomas Perry, New York Times bestselling author of Poison Flower
 
"Part police procedural, part crime fiction, Dead Man's Hand is a fast, gritty ride."
Anne Frasier, USA Today bestselling author of Hush
 
"Murphy writes in a clean, mean style, as compelling as a switchblade to your throat…the real deal."
—Rick Mofina, award-winning author of They Disappeared

Points of Distinction:

DEAD MAN`S HAND has tension and excitement as a result of the action taking place in a single week. 

The African-American protagonist is not stereotypical. While his race is significant, he does not moralize about the issue or his situation. 

The "find out who framed you to save yourself" plot has a twist in that Watters researches the crime online, primarily using analysis of character rather than physical evidence.

Point of view is easy to follow but engagingly complex, with scenes from the perspectives of Watters, the detective, the cheating wife, and a hired assassin.  


 
Luke Murphy
Author of DEAD MAN`S HAND
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