Friday, September 30, 2011

Death Plays Poker by Robin Spano

Death Plays Poker: A Clare Vengel Undercover Novel
By Robin Spano
ECW Press (October 1, 2011)

In Canadian author Robin Spano’s second novel, Death Plays Poker, rookie Toronto cop Clare Vengel is on an undercover assignment as a professional poker player to try and crack a series of murders. Someone is strangling world class poker players in their hotel rooms and it’s Clare’s job to infiltrate the group and find the killer. Spano has put together an amusing, well-drawn cast of suspicious characters. Each chapter in this intriguing mystery is told from a different character’s point of view, a smooth transition that’s expertly handled. Clare’s character is an appropriately tough, but flawed, take-no-crap kind of heroine who’s truly likeable.

Robin Spano is a fantastic new voice in Canadian crime writing and Death Plays Poker is a winner.

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