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The Rogues' Game

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  56 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
1947. An enigmatic man driving a fine Lincoln convertible and accompanied by a beautiful blonde, comes to a small West Texas town. Ostensibly, his purpose is to get into a poker game that had been going at the infamous Weilbach Hotel. But as the story unfolds, it becomes apparent that he has a darker motive, one that centers on a sinister local banker named Clifton Robilla ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Minotaur Books
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Lukasz Pruski
Jan 07, 2014 Lukasz Pruski rated it liked it
Milton T. Burton's "The Rogues' Game" might be construed as a novel of suspense or perhaps even a western. It is the author's debut novel. According to an anecdote, Mr. Burton wanted to write a novel already at 25, but being a poor typist he had to wait until word-processors become available. The book was published when he was 58.

It is 1947. A man (we never learn his name), an ex-intelligence officer with the OSS, comes to a small town in Texas, with his girlfriend Della, ostensibly to play a h
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Yvonne Desa
Sep 13, 2016 Yvonne Desa rated it really liked it
Another good read by Mr. Burton. His books are such great, fast reads its hard to put them down. This book is about a former OSS (Office of Strategic Services) agent in 1942. Again it's set in Texas, but in West this time. A Nazi collaborator who made millions doing nasty for them is who the main character is after. Along the way we meet a funny character named Chicken Little who has known our main character all of his life. The most interesting thing in this book you never know the main charact ...more
Jim Nesbitt
Jun 20, 2017 Jim Nesbitt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A note perfect debut novel by another departed Lone Star native son, this is a hard-boiled caper thriller straight out of the Jim Thompson school of criminal grit. Set in West Texas at the start of the post-World War II boom, the book features a nameless narrator and his curvy blonde girlfriend, a woman with a sad past but a sharp mind for business and all the angles on both sides of the law. This is a richly layered story that starts out as a man and his girlfriend headed for a high-stakes poke ...more
Randal
Apr 20, 2015 Randal rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Close personal friends of the author
Shelves: crime
If I had just read the back of the book a little better, I would have known it involves Nazis. There are two kinds of novels that incorporate Nazis: Books about WWII and bad ones. This one isn't a bad book until the Nazis arrive -- it's pretty enjoyable while the sting is being set up, with plenty of foreshadowing to keep the readers' attention on the big, slam-bang finish.
But that's when the Nazis come in and the book goes out the window. The sting involves an unnamed protagonist and a bunch of
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Kevintipple
May 30, 2011 Kevintipple rated it it was amazing
Like the small west Texas town that is never named, the man with no name is not what he appears to be on the surface. He drives a beautiful car and appears in town with a beautiful woman named Della. It isn't the first time he has been in town as he was here before in 1942. This time he is back to seek some revenge and no one remembers him or suspects that he is anything other than what he appears to be-a flamboyant gambler.

Revenge for what isn't clear nor is his plan. His plan does involve a we
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Jeff
Jul 13, 2012 Jeff rated it it was amazing
Story-telling, in the most basic sense of the term, is a dying art. Too often, authors of today either present a random jumble of events only loosely connected by anything recognizable as plot, or they fall into the hyper-detailed screenplay mode, which provides the reader with a comprehensive set of stage directions, but little more.

Milton Burton capture the art of the yarn perfectly in this quick, but intriguing read. It is a story in the best sense of the word, and Burton keeps the pace bris
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Joe
Aug 08, 2015 Joe rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-thriller
The author's debut, The Rogues' Game, set in 1947, is a light entertaining version of The Sting - albeit Texas style. Using an ongoing high stakes poker game as the ruse, spiced up with a once in a lifetime oil strike as the backdrop, the reader is given an inside look at how a big scale scam is run as the "mark" - a real bad guy - is slowly but effectively lured into a trap capitalizing on his own deceit.

The story is narrated by our hero, whose name the reader never learns, who is fresh from se
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LJ
Aug 27, 2007 LJ rated it it was amazing
THE ROGUES' GAME (Mystery-Texas-1947) – Ex
Burton, Milton T. – 1st book
Thomas Dunn Books, 2005-Hardcover
A man arrives in a small Texas town in a Lincoln convertible with a beautiful blonde, opens a account at one of the two local banks, and establishes a cash relationship with a local cop for his help getting into the famous long-standing poker game and for favors in the future. His target is Clifton Robillard, the other local banker and owner of many of the town's more disreputable properties. B
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Maddy
Dec 23, 2013 Maddy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-reads
PROTAGONIST: no name provided!
SETTING: 1947 West Texas
RATING: 4.5
WHY: A new guy (NG) travels to a town in West Texas with his girlfriend, Della. He is setting up some kind of scam, and it appears his target is a banker named Clifton Robillard. NG joins the weekly poker match at a local hotel and plays mind games on Robillard. Meanwhile, a farmer has struck a huge vein of oil which sets the whole place into a frenzy. Della takes over the abstract office, and soon they are making money hand over f
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Michael
Mar 07, 2013 Michael rated it it was amazing
This is my second book by MB, and I am impressed. A West Texas gambling and vengeance story set after WW2, in an oil boomtown. It's funny that I hear the same sort of stories from my brother in Midland now that they are having a boom (again). I think MB nailed the tone and culture, same as the previous on I read. Big fan!
Ellie W
Jul 14, 2011 Ellie W rated it really liked it
Small town Texas in the late 40's. Hoods, gamblers, and secrets all mesh in this hard to put down book. I read this in a matter of a few hours!
Viccy
Dec 01, 2010 Viccy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-fiction
West Texas in the early 1950s, perfectly captured.
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