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Dead Man's Hand

(Wild Cards #7)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,397 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Sin dejar de lado la ficción especulativa y la creación de un universo paralelo en el que abundan los superhéroes y los supervillanos con poderes sorprendentes, este volumen de la extraordinaria serie se aproxima al thriller. La novela comienza un lunes de julio y se prolonga hasta la medianoche del lunes siguiente, y gira al, rededor de la investigación sobre el asesinato ...more
Paperback, 335 pages
Published July 1st 1990 by Bantam
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Stacey (Sassy Book Lovers)
3 1/2 stars

I do have mixed feelings about this one, I did enjoy it but there were a few things that did deter me a little. I went into this series blind due to not reading the other books in the series, so I did end up lost and a little confused in some areas, so I do recommend reading the other books first as not to get lost like I did. Also, the book is written from different POV's, instead of changing characters with chapters it was done throughout each chapter and it did throw me off track a
Sep 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
This volume represents the first irregularity in the Wild Cards series' triad format. Ostensibly, it's the final volume in the Puppetman triad. However, Puppetman plays only a very minor, indirect role in the plot of Dead Man's Hand, with other baddies taking center stage instead. It takes place over the same period of time as Ace in the Hole, but is set in New York rather than Atlanta (although the story moves to Atlanta for the climax). It's similar to GRRM's later splitting of A Feast for Cro ...more
Eric Bauman
Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
It has been years since I read the first dozen volumes in this shared-world series, and I had nearly forgotten just how good they are.

The thrust of the books is that in 1946, an alien virus is released in the skies above Manhattan and infects the citizens of the island (primarily—it does affect people in other areas and other countries, but mostly it’s New York that feels it). Most people (90%) affected die horribly. A smaller percentage (9%) who are infected become what are called “Jokers"”—the
Zane Eddy
Aug 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Probably the weakest in the series so far. There was a lot of overlap with Wild Cards 6 at the end, so it felt like filler rather than a book of its own.
Mike McDevitt
Jul 05, 2011 rated it liked it
More horrorshow in superhero clothing. "Liked" it probably isn't the correct term. Engrossing. Addictive. Like a hideous accident from which I cannot look away. I really do prefer my entertainment less gory... BUT. I much preferred this one to book six with its unending politics. A murder mystery from book six is followed up on here to my grisly satisfaction. It was good to see Wraith again (she has terrible taste in men), plus I found Jay Ackroyd refreshing, what with him being a protagonist wh ...more
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was the first Wild Cards book that had a straight novel format as opposed to the mosaic patchwork the earlier books had. Only two authors are credited, John J. Miller and Martin himself. The events of this book tape place concurrently with the previous volume, Ace In the Hole, which is set at the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta while this one is primarily set in New York. It's a murder mystery that does wind up overlapping with the previous book. It's a good story that does explai ...more
Craig Childs
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Chrysalis was a lot of things, and one of them was my friend, no matter what you think. But she was never innocent."

Chrysalis has been murdered.

Both Popinjay and Yeoman are on the case. They do not trust each other after their previous faceoff in Jokers Wild, but they track the killer on separate paths through the slums, gang turfs, and dark recesses of New York City's Jokertown.

Structurally, this book needs a word of explanation because it does not fit the mold of the rest of the Wild Car
Matt Fimbulwinter
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Audiobook re-read.

I don't think I've read this far in the series since I was a teenager. This is the other half of the story from Wild Cards book 6, covering the investigation of Chrysalis' murder. It's mainly focused on Yeoman and Popinjay. There's a lot to like here - the noir-ish crime solving and wise-cracking, and the Jokers/Wild Cards issue stuff goes fairly well. It gets a solid fail on female characters, most of them being femme fatales or victims to be fridged. The Ti-Malice parts are a
Shannon Appelcline
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dead Man's Hand is essentially the other half of Ace in the Hole, the story of Gregg Hartman's attempt to win the Democratic party nomination. That book was too long, so an entire plotline, regarding the murder of Chrysalis, was sliced off and became its own book, Dead Man's Hand.

As with the previous volume, editor Martin does a rather miraculous job of making this its own book. Oh, I'm sure there are some references to the events of Ace in the Hole that wouldn't make sense, but that was true of
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a strange book. Rather than the previous format of two short story collections and a mosaic novel, this subseries has two collections and now two mosiac novels (Ace in the Hole being the other). What's strange is that it continues the same plotlines of the first two books and mostly takes place at the same time as Ace in the Hole. Rather than focusing primarily on Puppetman and the political plotline in Atlanta, Dead Man's Hand is set mostly in New York and deals with the death of Chrysa ...more
Brian Rogers
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The other half of the events from book 6 (with some scenes slightly rewritten for character viewpoint), this is likely my favorite of the series simply because it is so focused. Only having two authors keeps the story flowing without so many POV shifts, and it is clearly closing up a lot of the plot threads from the prior books, giving the book and the series to that date a strong sense of completion.

Books 2-7 of this series just boil over with the sense of the late 80s - it was trying hard for
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Travis Kuhlman
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Michael Hill
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Chrysalis who ruled Jokertown has been murdered. She had the dirt on everyone, which leaves plenty of suspects. Ace Jay Ackroyd and vigilante Brennan try to find her killer by many different routes, coming up against powerful Aces and even deadlier Jokers as well as mind control by a number of entities. Meanwhile Hartmann is trying to get into the White House, the public not knowing that he is the evil Ace, Puppetmaster who can control people. People die, Jay gets numerous serious beatings and B ...more
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun Ride

This is an excellent series in a fantastic world full of strange and colorful characters. It gets better with every book and each of them is memorable. It has been years since I read the sixth book, but this one jogged my memory and I remembered a lot more from the previous book than I thought I knew. Still, this would probably have been even more enjoyable if I had read them closer together. Books 4-7 are part of an overarching story that revolves around a particular "big bad," so I rec
Christopher Dodds
This was a great addition to the Wild Cards series. What was great about this book is that it kind of follows on from the last book in the series and it is also a bit of a detective story with the murder of Chrysalis being investigated by Popinjay aka Jay Ackroyd and Yeoman aka Daniel Brennan who do so in their own specific way, but the book also has a sub plot that doesn't divert what is going on in the main story which was great and kept me guessing who the murderer was and when it was reveale ...more
Ben Lund
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it, I liked how it gave the other side of events that happened in book 6. A lot of the things you are left wondering about get resolved in this book which was nice. Plus most of the characters by this time are old favorites and getting to revisit with them is just a treat.
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this is my favourite of this series. Jay and Brennan are the perfect characters for this and I really couldn't have told you who the murderer was until it was all revealed. Loved it! A great crime. ...more
Kat  Hooper
May 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very satisfying end to this particular storyline. I enjoyed seeing how everything played out and enjoyed the characters.
Amy Kaufman
Enjoyed the Wild Card series.
Aug 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Basically the same book but from a different perspective as the prior one. It was fine and all, but still…
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Much more cohesive than some, even with multi-protagonist viewpoints
Feb 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: sff
I don't think I should have skipped 4-6. So don't take my word for it. ...more
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best one so far!
Feb 20, 2020 rated it liked it
It was entertaining enough to read, but I guess the plotline was overshadowed by the events in the previous book. I just wasn't emotionally invested enough in what was happening. ...more
Benjamin Kahn
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
A return to form after a disappointing sixth book. This one focuses on two main characters, Jay Ackroyd and Yeoman in their separate efforts to find out who killed Chrysalis. This book takes place simultaneously with the one before it, Ace in the Hole, but is set primarily in New York. I occasionally found this book a little confusing - it was hard to remember which character had discovered which information - but overall, it was a fairly compelling read. More what I have come to expect from thi ...more

Mini-review originally posted on Nightjar's Jar of Books.

A sci-fi murder mystery, set in an alternative version of 1988 New York, in which the Earth has been ravished by an alien sickness called the Wild Card virus - which (when it doesn't kill them) turns people either into Aces (super-powered humans) or into Jokers (also super-powered, but hideously deformed and consequently marginalised by society). Chrysalis (the Queen of the Jokers' underground society) is murdered - and Jay Ackroyd, an Ace

Stephanie Ward
'Dead Man's Hand' is the seven installment in an adult fantasy/science fiction series. Although I'm normally a big fan of these genres, this book didn't grab me the way I hoped. I haven't read any of the other books in the series, and that might be a part of the problem. I'm sure that reading the previous books would help with understanding the overlying plot lines and knowing the characters better. Sadly, I don't think that I'll be reading any of those either. The story line was intricate and h ...more
Nov 08, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All comic book & sci fi fans
I got obsessed with this series several years ago, and blew through most of them inside a couple of years. I’m currently going back and re-reading some of my favorites.

Right after WW2, an alien race tests out a genetic plague by spreading it over the earth. This advanced virus kills millions, but also give a small percentage of survivors super-powers. Those who do not die or gain useful powers are usually deformed with often useless physical mutations. Those with the glamorous powers come to be
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George Raymond Richard "R.R." Martin was born September 20, 1948, in Bayonne, New Jersey. His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin. He has two sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten.

Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood chil

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  • Down and Dirty (Wild Cards, #5)
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