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Las Vegas security man Nick Escalante, an ex-Marine, chances on to a bizarre kidnapping threat and races into a night-time world of false identities, vicious grievances, and gruesome encounters.
Paperback, 244 pages
Published September 1st 1986 by Warner Books (NY) (first published 1985)
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Aaron Martz
Not as good as William Goldman's other thrillers, and I'll tell you why. The book is built around a character who is stuck in Vegas and feels the weight of his captivity on his shoulders. It's all he talks about - making enough money to get out, to go on a permanent vacation. He sweats over it, he drinks over it, he can't stand the place anymore. In the novel's strongest section, he feels luck on his shoulders and he starts to gamble with the intent of making a certain amount of money so that he...more
Erika Gill
Not at all my genre, and the characters made me a bit more sad for humanity than I already was. I think if I'd read this book without the genre being so veryvery exhausted I would have appreciated it more.

The writing wasn't bad, but it wasn't nearly up to the standard of the only other Goldman I've read, which was The Princess Bride and probably a really unfair comparison.
Roz Morris
Clever and the characters are complex, but I felt sometimes there were a few too many twists for their own sake. But good to read if you want to be reminded to keep a reader on their toes. And some very slick writing - Goldman is admirably in charge of his text.
Jae Park
This was a good, fast-paced read. The action was quick and in-your-face. A little sketchy on details, but it sure kept my attention.
Tam
Vastly entertaining - that's the thing w/ William Goldman - he knows how to keep you entertained.
Lorna Brown
Old Fashioned thriller set in Las Vegas. See movie starring Burt Reynolds
Shawn Wickersheim
Enjoyed this rather dark book and loved the ending. So fitting...
Deb Breitman
A fabulous novel by one of my absolute favorite authors.
Robert
Terrible, terrible ending. Terrible idea for a book.
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Goldman grew up in a Jewish family in Highland Park, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, and obtained a BA degree at Oberlin College in 1952 and an MA degree at Columbia University in 1956.His brother was the late James Goldman, author and playwright.

William Goldman had published five novels and had three plays produced on Broadway before he began to write screenplays. Several of his novels he later used...more
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