A Dead Game

A Dead Game

by Mira West


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This riveting story is based on true events in a page-turning, behind-the-scenes portrayal. It will have you sitting on the edge of your seat to the very last page.

Prey to the wolves of the trade, Jasmine Woods discovers dealing blackjack at the Paradise Palace is a death defying challenge after meeting Frank Pazzarelli, the hotel manager. His snake-charming charisma and her hunger for love lures her into his world-a world of corruption that knows him as Kingpin and Warlord. Unaware of his double life, Jasmine is now an innocent target of an insidious rivalry. With no other option, Frank is forced to do whatever it takes to protect her, even deal with the devil. But when Jasmine finds out the devil is a woman, Frank would have rather burned in hell. Not until a gunshot rings out in the casino do the tables start to turn...

Mira West, born a Texan in 1957, began her diverse life showing and training Arabian horses (to the winners circle) at her ranch in Missoula, Montana. However, her passion for writing never stopped, and she presented her first book at the Children's Book Writers Conference in San Francisco in 1987.
An author of two previously published children's books, she embarked on her first full-length novel, A Dead Game, a story which brings to light her remarkable experience in the casino business. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and The International Women's Writing Guild...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781457512780
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
Publication date: 07/27/2012
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(d)

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A Dead Game 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the very start, a dead game brought its a game to this reader. The various twists and turns and insights, sometimes difficult to differentiate between reality and fiction, kept each chapter flowing effortlessly into the next with me being unable to predict what would occur next. Had i not had to go to work the next day, i likely would have completed the book in 2 days, instead of 4. I highly recommend this bookfor anyone who is interested in a scintillating view of the underbelly of las vegas. Ms west did an outstanding job in her first non-children focused book. I look forward to hernext effort.
RomanticReadingEscapes1 More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable read with pitch-black, twisted humor akin to Pulp Fiction. When I first started reading the book, I felt a little lost in the language, because it was specific to the language used in casinos. The author did supply a glossary of terms used in the book, but I didn't find that until I finished the book. I'm not one to jump to the end of a book or the epilogue, and the glossary was at the very end. I do wish that had been at the start of the book. But, once I got into the story, I began to understand a little more and could comprehend a little better from the context. This book takes you into the daily activities of the casino through the eyes of Jasmine, a dealer at one of the tables. Jasmine is a single mother, from a small town in Montana, with two children, and she has suffered from a broken marriage due to her husband's infidelity. She doesn't trust, and she doesn't expect to love again. But then she suddenly finds herself the object of desire by two men...something she's not accustomed to, but learning to enjoy. She is a dealer in a hotel/casino in Tahoe, the ringer sent in to recoup any losses the casino might suffer and stop the big winners from winning more. She was the red haired beauty who was the best at her job. At first, I didn't really like Jasmine as a character, because she appeared very contradicting. She was weak and giddy one minute, and suspicious and sleuthing the next, and the change from suspicious to giddy was so fast, I felt like I missed something and kept backing up to reread passages. This was all at the beginning of the book. But I did grow to like Jasmine as I read on. Her character grew and she became a constant, someone I could believe. Jasmine was overwhelmed with Frank's attention, still very suspect of him. Her suspicions were later proven, but he didn't give up, and when Jerome entered the picture....well, let the competition begin. This book has several twists in it. Deception and retribution for betrayal are everywhere you look, but the premise of the book is still the story of Jasmine. There is a happy ever after, albeit I felt it was a forced hea, but I also admit I wasn't sure there would be one. The author has laced the book with the pitch-black, twisted humor as you would see in Quinton Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. I've referenced a lot of movies in this review, because that's what the book reminds me of. I literally pictured it in my head playing out as scenes in a movie. I kept thinking how this would make a really great screenplay sans a few tears from the male characters. This is an enjoyable read, but it isn't for everyone. I do wish there had been better story development and stronger characters, but I also know how difficult it is to write of one's personal experiences. I've been trying to do that for years and have yet to be able to share something so personal with the world. So, I commend the author for putting herself out there. This is a book that I want to reread, because I feel there is something I'm missing, as I read this book while sick with the flu, and I just have a feeling I'm not giving the book it's due. But for now, A Dead Game is a 3 star read for me...an enjoyable read that I liked. To my knowledge, this is the first adult book by this author, but she has written a couple of children's books that have very high ratings. Disclaimer: This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read wow I read this book in of all places Las Vegas I could not put it down sat by the pool with a cold adult beverage my only wish was that I would have had it for the long flight home. I think all will enjoy this book. YLW