Last Call

Last Call

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by Tim Powers, Bronson Pinchot
     
 

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Set in Las Vegas, Last Call concerns the fate of Scott Crane, former professional gambler, recent widower, blind in one eye--and also the lost natural son of the man who is determined to kill him. In this novel, Crane is forced to resume the high-stakes game of a lifetime--and wager it all. See more details below

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Set in Las Vegas, Last Call concerns the fate of Scott Crane, former professional gambler, recent widower, blind in one eye--and also the lost natural son of the man who is determined to kill him. In this novel, Crane is forced to resume the high-stakes game of a lifetime--and wager it all.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a difficult, but distinctive and commanding novel, Powers posits a world of magic and horror behind the neon flash of contemporary Las Vegas. (Oct.)
Kirkus Reviews
Rich, top-flight mythic fantasy based on Jungian archetypes, Tarot symbolism, T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, and the Parsifal legend; by the smartly acclaimed author of On Stranger Tides, 1987, etc. Luck could not flow with more Jungian synchronicity for Powers than his having cast Bugsy Siegel as The Fisher King in this long novel just as Warren Beatty's Bugsy has fixed the nation's eye on the Oscar race, along with Robin Williams's turn as The Fisher King. The scene is Las Vegas, the subject supernatural poker using Tarot cards. Bugsy Siegel is the reigning Fisher King whose new Flamingo Hotel gambling casino is modeled on the Tarot's tower card, with the Flamingo as an inverted tower. Overthrowing Bugsy is Georges Leon, who assassinates Bugsy in his mistress's home in L.A. and prepares to become Fisher King. Leon has two sons, Robert and Scott. He has already spiritually gutted Robert and now can see through Robert's eyes, and is setting up five-year-old Scott for the same treatment while inducting him into playing-card magic. But Leon's wife shoots him in the groin, giving Leon the Fisher King's unhealing wound, and throws Scott onto a yacht that's passing by on a trailer. Scott, who has been blinded in one eye by Leon and become a one-eyed jack, is adopted and raised by the yacht's wizardly owner, Ozzie (who is much smarter than the Wizard of Oz). Scott faces his father in a weird poker game called Assumption, which uses Tarot cards and allows Leon to assume the bodies of losers for his future use, thus assuring him of immortality as long as he has a stable of bodies. When Scott loses to Leon, his objective becomes someday to beat Leon at Assumption and save his own soul by deprivinghis beastly father of bodies. Scott is aided by the ghost of Bugsy Siegel, which he meets at the bottom of Lake Mead. Knockout poker sequences give the symbolism real sizzle, while the genre is enlivened throughout with great lines from Eliot.

San Jose Mercury News
“Weird . . .grippingly written . . . a nightmarish novel, brilliantly researched and made.”
Denver Rocky Mountain News
“A terrific read . . . a believable tapestry of greed and passion.”
Los Angeles Daily News
“Riveting…lyrical and brutal…a thrilling tale of gambling, fate and fantastic adventure.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“Highly ingenious . . . No one else writes like Powers, and Declare finds him at the top of his game.”
Locus Magazine
“DECLARE is classic Tim Powers, his best novel since Last Call, and possibly his best to date.”
Dean Koontz
“Dazzling . . . a tour de force, a brilliant blend of John le Carre spy fiction with the otherworldly.”
William Gibson
“Tim Powers is a brilliant writer. Declare’s occult subtext for the deeper Cold War is wonderfully original and brilliantly imagined.”
Tom Robbins
“A novel of the supernatural and occult that is hard boiled, seamy and suspenseful as the best film noir.”
Raymond E. Feist
“Brilliant! Compelling and satisfying! Tim Powers is one of our best writers, and LAST CALL is his best book yet.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441757371
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
12/01/2010
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
2
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Tim Powers is the author of numerous novels, including Declare, Last Call, Hide Me Among the Graves, and On Stranger Tides, the inspiration for the blockbuster film Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, starring Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz. Powers lives in San Bernardino, California.

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