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High Steaks
     

High Steaks

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by Rob Loughran
 

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Winner of the Mystery Novel Award. . . Davis O'Kane thought his fall from grace had reached its lowest point, with an impending divorce and a custody battle for his twin daughters, but then he finds a dead body in his restaurant, and his world sinks as deep as a Uranium pit in the high desert of Nightingale, Nevada. Nightingale is a place where high stakes gamblers

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Winner of the Mystery Novel Award. . . Davis O'Kane thought his fall from grace had reached its lowest point, with an impending divorce and a custody battle for his twin daughters, but then he finds a dead body in his restaurant, and his world sinks as deep as a Uranium pit in the high desert of Nightingale, Nevada. Nightingale is a place where high stakes gamblers and rednecks belly up to the bar with high-priced hookers and federal agents. High Steaks propels the reader into the realm of crooked horse racing, cheating the roulette wheel, and murder as hot as a Nevada summer, set against a backdrop of the town's first contested mayoral race in decades. Follow Davis as he unravels the murder and pulls himself up from the brink of despair.

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Davis O'Kane works part time as a radio talk-show host and full time as part-owner of a popular restaurant in Nightingale, NV. About to be divorced and divested of his property and his twin girls-not to mention his dignity-Davis finds the murdered body of his latest flame, a bartender at his restaurant. As the plot progresses, so do complications: Davis's partner uses the restaurant for money laundering, a local horse owner bamboozles people with a stand-in horse, and a lawyer friend who owns an escort service helps with divorce advice. And then there's Davis's gambling addiction. This first novel offers nonstop entertainment, peppy prose, and crafty complications. For most collections. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781930486379
Publisher:
Salvo Press
Publication date:
08/01/2003
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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High Steaks 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rob served us drinks at Go Fish Restuarant in St. Helena. He was a funny guy and I asked him if he did stand-up. He replied that he was a writer and he had (after a few more rounds of sake) sold me a copy of High Steaks and a filthy, filthy 700 page jokebook. I enjoyed the jokebook and ended up giving it to a bartender in Fresno but I didn't read High Steaks until this year. It was funny&filthy (which shouldn't have surprised me) so I wouldn't recommend it to just anyone (there are some nasty sex scenes) but the writing is smooth and literate and the plot is convoluted but ultimately satisfying. Good book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
As a police officer I found this book to be great fun. Rob does a masterful job of twisting the plot to keep you guessing on this 'who done it' murder mystery. I could not put this book down. My highest recommendation!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I went to high school with Rob(Saint Vincent's, Petaluma CA) and I was recently back in town and had dinner at Graziano's, a restaurant Rob and I worked at years ago. I kind of felt bad for Rob; my age (50) and still waiting tables; what's up with that? But he was so gracious; and when the meal was done he presented me with a signed copy of 'High Steaks'. I read it. It was so good, it was so cool, it was so hip--I love this book--I played football basketball and track for four years and know the level of dedication this guy has. And he brought it to THIS book. Read it. It's some nasty fun... CC
Guest More than 1 year ago
Crafty. Funny. Read this book; I can't believe how good this book is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it's FUNNY. The guy's prose is funny. There's a plot and a story but the words he uses just makes you smile. A very good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Been living in the Czech Republic for a few years on business/pleasure. This book made me miss the US. The wide open spaces, the language, the crazyness and crassness. Well done. Reads easy. Though I'm from CA (Oildale, near Bakersfield) this book made me kind of homesick.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This guy's theman. He don't talk down to you. It's about a bunch of oldguys; but this guy knows what'swhat.
Guest More than 1 year ago
That says it all. Wickedly clever. No down time--pure high octane entertainment. But told in a 'voice' that's very calm and reassuring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's pure fun. Buy this book; read this book. I worked my way through college waiting tables--there is nothing I've read truer to the actual experience of working in a restaurant than this book. And, somehow, Rob Loughran makes this a GOOD thing. Buy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Creative, funny, well written, and hard to put down. I cared about the characters, I enjoyed the twists and turns, and I may have learned something along the way. I'm looking forward to future books by Loughran.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Highjinks in the desert. High Steaks is a romp. It has gambling, blackmail, sex, booze, horses--and the second chapter is good too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Could not put this book down. So many characters, all expertly intertwined, with enough plot twists to keep me guessing... two thumbs up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed Rob's book. It kept me in suspense to the very end. I highly recommend it to mystery book lovers. Especially enjoyed the restaurant & bar background info and settings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With each brief chapter it becomes easier to laugh while you absorb what will, inevitably, be bound for a television series. High Steaks should evoke the smell of a good thick sauce, cigarette smoke, a cold import, and shapely figures of gleaming classics. It's interesting how we begin to analyze our personal processes while trying to figure out how these things are going to turn out. Buy it fool! :):)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great characters - strong characterization, believable, real. Good plot, love the suspense and twists. An unusual 'whodunit?' I definitely got caught up in the story line. Loughran juggled an array of complex characters amazingly and admiringly well. He gives us details as we need them, slowly feeding information to us as we learn about the characters, what motivates them, what interests them, what tempts them, their idiosyncrasies. He doesn't drag or slow the pace with unnecessary details. After reading the first four chapters, I set the book down. I wasn't going to read further because I found the foul language tiresome. But then, I had to find out more --- my curiosity aroused, I did finish and I am glad I did because it was excellent reading. And, of course, amazingly well written. Loughran juggled the many complex characters, twists, and details with finesse! Superb writing, excellent reading!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great read. I had a hard time putting it down. The laughs are smart and remind me of reading some good Vonnegut lines. Smartly thought; smartly written. All good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With dynamic characters and a plot that thickens with each page, I just couldn't put the book down. I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in moral decay, deception and the eventual rise above it all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'High Steaks' is smartass, erudite and intriguing. The characters have surprising backgrounds that serve as social commentary, somewhat in the 'Spenser for Hire' mode. Among the principals there's betrayal, alcoholism, gambling addiction, skimming, blackmail, and cynicism. But there's love, compassion, fundraising for a worthy cause, an idealistic election, and enigmatic letters that keep popping up. This book has what literature should have: a privileged peek into the soul.