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Overturned by Lamar Giles
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Overturned

by Lamar Giles

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At sixteen years old, Nikki Tate hasn't had it easy for years. The daughter of Nathan Tate, famous poker player and former death row prisoner, she's spent the years her father was in prison helping her mother to keep the family's Las Vegas casino afloat. But just after Nikki's dad is released and it looks like Nikki might finally be able to focus on her life for once, everything falls apart and Nikki is left trying to find out why without losing her life in the process.

This is a solid YA mystery novel. On the grittier side of the spectrum, it delves into the realities of living in Las Vegas as a teen. Nikki is a complex character who is fascinating to follow through this world as she works to solve the central mystery of the novel. She's surrounded by a cast of well-developed supporting characters, which make the world believable. While I was a couple steps ahead of the whodunit, it was still an enjoyable mystery. Also if you're doing a diverse books challenge this one is an excellent option as Nikki is African American. Overall, a fast-paced read with a mildly gritty edge. ( )
  MickyFine | Jun 17, 2017 |
Disclaimer: I am a Lamar Giles fangirl and have had him as a guest on my show Book Stew - link here - https://vimeo.com/channels/1037961/157151774

In his three novels, there has been a widening scope of both setting and conflicts - out of high school and here, into the very strange and grown up world of Las Vegas. The main character, Nikki, is embroiled in drama from the opening sentence. She's the daughter of a casino owner who has been in prison for murder. As a result, Nikki has had to handle very adult responsibilities that would stress out anyone, no less someone who should just be dealing with her upcoming soccer game. Nikki is supported by two wonderful friends who serve more as family than her distant mother.

There are multiple well handled story lines, and the novel accelerates smoothly into a breathtaking climax.

As with his previous two novels, also categorized as YA, Overturned will be relished by adult suspense/thriller lovers of any age. ( )
  froxgirl | Apr 10, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 054581250X, Hardcover)

Nikki Tate is infamous, even by Las Vegas standards. Her dad is sitting on death row, convicted of killing his best friend in a gambling dispute turned ugly. And for five years, he's maintained his innocence. But Nikki wants no part of that. She's been working on Operation Escape Vegas: playing in illegal card games so she can save up enough money to get out come graduation day.

Then her dad's murder conviction is overturned. The new evidence seems to come out of nowhere and Nikki's life becomes a mess when he's released from prison. Because the dad who comes home is not the dad she remembers. And he's desperately obsessed with finding out who framed him--and why.

As her dad digs into the seedy underbelly of Vegas, the past threatens everything and Nikki is drawn into his deadly hunt for the truth. But in the city of sin, some sinners will do anything to keep their secrets, and Nikki soon finds herself playing for the biggest gamble ever--her life.

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Nikki Tate's father has been on death row for killing his best friend in a gambling dispute, but he has always maintained his innocence, and now his conviction has been overturned and he is back at the casino, where high school junior Nikki has been operating illegal poker games in the hopes of saving enough money to get out of Vegas after graduation--and now he is determined to find the real killer, and Nikki is inevitably drawn into his dangerous search for the truth.… (more)

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