by William Goldman
Publisher: Warner Books
This is the story about a man and his city . . . a city you think you already know -- and a man you never really will.
The man is Nick Escalante . . . the city, Las Vegas. It's Nick's five thousandth morning here, but he's not exactly celebrating. For although he's a six foot three master of edged weapons. a sometime bodyguard, avenger, investigator, and gambler, a man who knows Vegas from the high-rolling world of the strip to its seediest back alley, Escalante dreams of deserted black-sand beaches and lost cities . . . a little of motion and freedom far away from the tow that feeds him and destroys him.
In the next few days, Escalante will live what would be a lieftime for most of us. Friends -- always a soft spot for Nick -- will call on him for the help only he can give. There's Holly, the beautiful girl whose love will spark a war between Nick and a mobster's psychotic son; and Paxton, the former evangelist who once exposed the religion racket and is now haunted by his past.
But is a bizarre and baffling kidnapping threat that will plunge Nick into a harrowing race against time --and ultimately his own death. He will experience what Holly calls the "all black night" when not even one ray of hope breaks through, a heart-stopping spree in a casino when his freedom money -- the cache he needs to flee Vegas forever -- is tantalizingly within his grasp, and a walk on the furthest edge of existence when an old buddy and handgun expert accepts a contract on Escalante life.
Here in the finest Goldman tradition is a breakneck-paced tale of violence with startling surprises . . . and stunning, fully fleshed portraits of men and women you will never forget.
Condition: Used. Hardcover. Dust cover. Pages are tanned and darkening from age. Previous owner's "Library Of" stamp is on the half title page. Dust cover and flaps are tanned from age. Dust cover shows a bit of edge wear and tear and creasing.
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