The Take

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In the world of small-time bookie Eddie Ryan, only the cop cars are black and white. Everything else swirls in a kind of gray soup. Overcome by greed, lust, and the survival instinct, Eddie takes part in a high-stakes heist, stepping into a morally treacherous world where no one can be trusted, and where life expectancy is short.

Set in the dim half-light of the Houston and New Orleans demimondes, THE TAKE is a fast-paced, nerve-jangling ride.

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Overview

In the world of small-time bookie Eddie Ryan, only the cop cars are black and white. Everything else swirls in a kind of gray soup. Overcome by greed, lust, and the survival instinct, Eddie takes part in a high-stakes heist, stepping into a morally treacherous world where no one can be trusted, and where life expectancy is short.

Set in the dim half-light of the Houston and New Orleans demimondes, THE TAKE is a fast-paced, nerve-jangling ride.

The book also includes a preview of SETUP ON FRONT STREET, the first entry in Mike Dennis' Key West Nocturnes Series, a group of novels designed to lift the lid off Key West, revealing it as a true noir city. The series takes the reader behind the margaritas and the sunshine deep into the dark shadows and alleys where the tourists never go.

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Vicki Hendricks
Dennis writes true noir. The Take is a fast-motion train wreck from page one, twisting the reader's heart for the desperate souls on a ride they never chose.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781491077511
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 8/6/2013
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

After thirty years as a professional musician (piano), Mike Dennis left Key West and moved to Las Vegas in 2006 to become a professional poker player. He turned to writing when his first novel, THE TAKE, was picked up by a publisher in 2009.

His next book, SETUP ON FRONT STREET, was the first of a series of Key West Nocturnes, standalone noir novels. These books will lift the veil on Key West and reveal it as a true noir city, on a par with Los Angeles, New Orleans, or Miami. THE GHOSTS OF HAVANA is the second book in that set. The third, MAN-SLAUGHTER, is now available, and the fourth, THE GUNS OF MIAMI, will be coming in 2013.

Mike has also introduced the Jack Barnett/Las Vegas series, about a reluctant ex-private investigator living in Sin City, USA. The first entry in that series, a novelette called TEMPTATION TOWN, is now available. The second installment, HARD CASH, also a novelette, is currently available, as is the third entry, a full novel called THE DOWNTOWN DEAL.

Mike also has a collection of short stories, Bloodstains On The Wall. In addition, his stories have been published in A Twist Of Noir, Mysterical e, Powder Burn Flash, Slow Trains, and The Wizards Of Words 2009 Anthology.

In addition, Mike has an experimental rockabilly novel called CADILLAC'S COMIN', a hard tale of a one-hit wonder who recorded for Sun Records in the chaotic early days of rock & roll.

In late 2010, Mike moved back to Key West, where he enjoys year-round island living with his wife Yleana, whom he married on a warm December night in 2012 on the rooftop of an apartment building in Havana, Cuba.

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  • Posted March 27, 2011

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    The Take

    Descriptions of "The Take" describe it as noir (also known as black fiction). I always have to look up the word noir when I see it used. I have a sense what it means, but can't put it into words without prodding. According to Wikipedia, the website that knows everything, noir is a subset of "hardboiled fiction" (think Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, or more recently Robert Parker and Walter Mosley). The noir subset differs mainly in that the protagonist is typically not a detective, as is usually the case with a hardboiled novel, and tends to be self-destructive. Elmore Leonard is an example of a contemporary bestseller writing in this literary style.

    From the synopsis above, it should be apparent that Eddie Ryan is a self-destructive protagonist. I'll often not find this type of character sympatric, yet Eddie was different. He took a bit of a gamble, let's call it a risk instead, just as any businessperson might. All his actions after that are a matter of doing what he thinks he must to survive.

    Eddie's adventures will keep you on edge as he struggles to survive as you both try to decide whom he should trust. Whether he will escape and what price Eddie will have to pay is unclear until the end. Fan's of Elmore Leonard should find Mike Dennis an author worth watching - and worth reading.

    **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog.**

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