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Judge Leonard Kurtz presides over a Saturday-night poker game fifty weeks each year.
But this is no ordinary game--it begins at precisely seven p.m. and lasts exactly twelve hours,
and to sit at the table, each of the six players must have ten-thousand dollars in cash. But then, on
a warm summer night, five players are brutally murdered, victims of a single gunshot wound to
Veteran homicide detective Jack Dantzler is faced with the task of finding the person--or
persons--responsible for the crime. His initial questions are, which of the victims was the
primary target, and what is the name of the missing player? Was that player lucky, or could he be
As Dantzler begins to peel away the many layers of this baffling case, the answers he
finds are not what he expected. They put him on several different paths, including one that will
bring him face to face with the only murderer he has failed to catch.
The Poker Game proves once again why critics have consistently praised Tom Wallace
for his ability to "make his characters come alive," while adding that he has done "a great job of
creating a world-class detective in Dantzler."
Simply put: The Poker Game belongs on your must-read list.
The publication of Francis Grose's Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue revolutionized the lexicography of non-standard English. His influence is felt in most of the dictionaries covered in this volume which copy, variously, his carefully documented reliance on written sources, his delighted revelation of first-hand experience of the seedier side of London life, and his word-list. During this period, glossaries of cant are thrown into the shade by dictionaries of slang, which include the language of thieves, but cover a much broader spectrum of non-standard English. While cant represented a practical threat to property and life, slang was a moral threat to the very structure of society. In the 1820s, Pierce Egan's Life in London demonstrated how popular and successful slang literature could be among the masses. This volume also includes the earliest Australian and American slang glossaries, by individuals like James Hardy Vaux (a convict transported three times) and George Matsell (New York's first chief of police).
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