Only one will leave the final table...alive.
Wild Bill Hickok awakens to the feel of flesh crawling onto his bones. Alive again, in the graveyard in Deadwood on a cold October night, he has an irresistible compulsion to go to Atlantic City. There, in the mysterious and magical Black Queen casino, he joins a rogue’s gallery of resurrected scoundrels, all gamblers who were murdered like himself.
Will the father of organized crime revert to his bad habits and attempt to take over the Queen? Will Wild Bill finally find out if those aces and eights are winners? Five murdered men sit down to a poker tournament for the highest possible stakes: the right to stay alive.
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Part ghost story, part thriller, part Western with a sweet hint of romance... this is a lovely story with wonderful characters, expertly put together. I know nothing about poker or gambling and yet I understood and thoroughly enjoyed it. I felt as if I were in the hands of a master poker player as well as a skilled storyteller, and from the moment Wild Bill Hickok took a look at contemporary Deadwood, the story caught me up. I loved how this was not only an adventure -- the drama of which of these gamblers will get to live again -- but an emotional journey as well.
Part time travel, part ghoul story, this tale is totally, absolutely compelling. Five gamblers killed for their gambling rise up from the grave at the behest of a hellish magician who wants to hold the ultimate televised poker tournament from a hotel in Atlantic City hidden from the mundanes. The winner gets his life back! The characterization of everyone from Wild Bill Hickok to a smarmy NYC gangster from the roaring twenties is fascinating, as is the suspense of which one will walk away with the prize.