Cold Deck
a novel

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Author: H. Lee Barnes

Format: Cloth
Pages: 216
ISBN: 9780874178845
Published Date: 2013

Jude is a Las Vegas casino dealer who barely survived the deadly MGM fire in 1980. More than two decades later, he’s still dealing, a tired, middle-aged man, divorced, struggling with debt, and trying to be a good father to his children. Then he loses his job and his car is totaled in an accident. When an attractive woman friend offers to help him get another job, Jude is happy to go along. Gradually, he realizes that his new job is part of an elaborate scheme to cheat a casino and that his own fate and that of his children depend on his finding the courage and ingenuity to extricate himself.

Cold Deck is the exciting story of an ordinary man who finds himself in extraordinary circumstances. Moving from Las Vegas’s mean streets to the insider’s world of casino workers, this is a story of survival set against the greed, fears, and glitz of Sin City.  

Author Bio
H. Lee Barnes is a former Green Beret and Vietnam War veteran who has worked as a deputy sheriff, private investigator, and casino dealer. He currently teaches English and creative writing at the Community College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas. He is the author of three short story collections, another novel, a memoir, and a nonfiction book about casino workers. His short fiction has received the Willamette Fiction Award and the Arizona Authors Association Fiction Award, and in 2009, he was elected to the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. 

“If you read one Southwest-set crime fiction this summer, you should hotly consider making it Cold Deck. Barnes deals a winning, if understated, hand.”—Tucson Weekly
Tucson Weekly

“. . . Barnes has crafted a worthy thriller. . .”—Vietnam Veterans of America, July/August 2013
Vietnam Veterans of America

“Barnes never fails his readers.”—Las Vegas Citylife
Las Vegas Citylife

“Barnes’ low key prose rings with well-developed characters and authentic knowledge of the casino life, drawing you in and keeping the pages turning.”—Lahontan Valley News
Lahontan Valley News