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The Prop: A Novel by Pete Hautman
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The Prop: A Novel

by Pete Hautman

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A quick solid book, about a poker room prop (A player who gets a small paycheck from the casino, and uses their own money to fill up tables in the poker area), and a robbery at the casino. Well written, with humor, and a well paced story. I may have to try another book by this author. ( )
  zmagic69 | Apr 29, 2017 |
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. But then, I'm a sucker for gambling stories. I like it so much that I checked out several more books. I couldn't read any of them - hokey, corny and contrived. He's a one hit wonder for me. ( )
  Clarencex | Dec 14, 2009 |
Peeky Kane works in a casino, playing poker when an extra player is needed, has a troubled daughter, and a boyfriend who has even more flaws. When he gets mixed up in a violent robbery, Peeky tries to protect him out of loyalty. Great lead character, good pacing, fine writing ... my only problem was that I couldn't figure out why the police weren't a little busier investigating a multiple homicide. They make an appearance and then go away to have lunch or something. Five star character in a three star plot. ( )
  bfister | May 4, 2007 |
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National Book Award winner Pete Hautman delivers a fast-paced mystery set in the torrid, unforgiving Southwestern desert, where the stakes are sky high and all bets are off.

Peeky Kane is a prop player at an Arizona casino owned by the Santa Cruz tribe. Her job is to play poker. She makes a handsome living off the suckers who populate the card room. Life is sweet.

But something's not right at Casino Santa Cruz. When Peeky inadvertently finds herself in a fixed game and comes away a couple thousand dollars richer, she finds herself drawn unwittingly toward the dark side of professional poker. Peeky has always thought of herself as a straight shooter, but now things aren't so clear. And they're about to get a lot murkier.

When a band of clown-masked robbers makes off with millions of the casino's dollars and leaves behind four corpses, Peeky recognizes one of the robbers as a casino employee, and fears that one of her closest loved ones might also be involved. That same day, Peeky's son-in-law turns up to tell her that Jaymie, her beloved daughter, has been stealing money from Peeky for years to feed a crack habit.

Numb from these revelations, Peeky is compelled to action by an unlikely source when the most powerful member of the Santa Cruz tribe calls upon her to help him save his troubled casino. Peeky must draw on her years of reading poker faces and playing the odds to save the casino, her daughter, and herself.

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"Peeky Kane is a prop player at an Arizona casino owned by the Santa Cruz tribe. Her job is to play poker. She makes a handsome living off the suckers who populate the card room. Life is sweet." "But something's not right at Casino Santa Cruz. When Peeky inadvertently finds herself in a fixed game and comes away a couple thousand dollars richer, she finds herself drawn unwittingly toward the dark side of professional poker. Peeky has always thought of herself as a straight shooter, but now things aren't so clear. And they're about to get a lot murkier." "When a band of clown-masked robbers makes off with millions of the casino's dollars and leaves behind four corpses, Peeky recognizes one of the robbers as a casino employee, and fears that one of her closest loved ones might also be involved. That same day, Peeky's son-in-law turns up to tell her that Jaymie, her beloved daughter, has been stealing money from Peeky for years to feed a crack habit." "Numb from these revelations, Peeky is compelled to action by an unlikely source when the most powerful member of the Santa Cruz tribe calls upon her to help him save his troubled casino. Peeky must draw on her years of reading poker faces and playing the odds to save the casino, her daughter, and herself."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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