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Yet another trip into Kakonis world of hapless criminals and one decent man who just can t seem to get on a right path Timothy Waverly, educated, intelligent, did time for murder, great card dealer, absolutely terrible love life Fortunes toy, Waverly tries, but it s never quite enough This time the doodoo he s in is a direct consequence of his adventures from book one, Michigan Roll, and he finds himself scrambling to make money, while under a close oversight from a comically mismatched mis Yet another trip into Kakonis world of hapless criminals and one decent man who just can t seem to get on a right path Timothy Waverly, educated, intelligent, did time for murder, great card dealer, absolutely terrible love life Fortunes toy, Waverly tries, but it s never quite enough This time the doodoo he s in is a direct consequence of his adventures from book one, Michigan Roll, and he finds himself scrambling to make money, while under a close oversight from a comically mismatched miscreants You sort of know he won t quite make it, you pretty much know he won t die since there is a part three , but it s still a compelling ride from point A to point B Kakonis is a good writer, although peculiarly given to ascribing his characters such staggeringly racist thoughts and language, that is comes across mostly as vulgar and gratuitous The poker descriptions did nothing for me, necessary as they are, just not that interesting to read about, unless you re really into cards Also the book read really long somehow, I was surprised by the page count Pace wasn t a thing, not sure what it was But for all that, it was a really fun read and Kakonis has a very special argot and cadence to his books that makes for a fun, enjoyable reading Plus Waverly, punching bag of circumstances that he is, makes for such an engaging protagonist Recommended Following the events of Michigan Roll 1988 , gambler and ex con Tim Waverly has been hiding out in Florida for a year while the mob tracks him down over a little incident from the first book the destruction of half a million dollars in drugs, and disruption of the mob s profitable drug trade up Michigan s tourist coast Waverly s gambling pal Bennie Epstein has collected their loose bills and heads north to pitch a deal to Dietz, the cold, calculating, and sadistic Chicago mafioso hunting for W Following the events of Michigan Roll 1988 , gambler and ex con Tim Waverly has been hiding out in Florida for a year while the mob tracks him down over a little incident from the first book the destruction of half a million dollars in drugs, and disruption of the mob s profitable drug trade up Michigan s tourist coast Waverly s gambling pal Bennie Epstein has collected their loose bills and heads north to pitch a deal to Dietz, the cold, calculating, and sadistic Chicago mafioso hunting for Waverly Epstein and Waverly offer to pay the mob back, plus interest everything s square, and they walk away alive Dietz has other plans, and demands an extra 300,000 to cover damages, payable in two weeks On top of that, he s not planning to just walk away with Waverly in his gunsights, his plan is to take the cash, see if the pair can scrape up the extra 300k, and then snuff them both anyways.As coincidence has it, Waverly just bumped into his high school sweetheart the other day After getting invited to her husband s meet and greet for the rich and famous, he found out about her husband s secret deals a backroom poker game involving an Arab prince who throws around millions in cash That, he hopes, is his ticket out of this jam otherwise there s no way he ll be able to come up with enough money in time D Marco Fontaine the local hitman hired to shadow and ice Waverly has made his presence continually known, tailing the gambler and keeping him off balance Of course, he has his own problems one of Dietz s lieutenants shipped his nephew off to Florida, ostensibly to learn something from a real cold killer and said nephew, Sigurd Stumpley, is a slovenly slob whose presence disgusts Fontaine, the proverbial thorn in his side His continual fuckups and other outside interference may cost Fontaine his perfect shot to end Waverly Thus begins another fast paced, hard boiled thriller, and already you can tell there s a lot of moving parts and a lot of action heating up Kakonis writing is well and hard boiled maybe not as bone cutting sharp as in Michigan Roll, but it retains both the exhilarating pacing and deep characterization It s a fascinating look at life in the underworld, a grim portrait of desperate and broken men Waverly himself isdesperate here than in the first book, with Fontaine putting the screws to him he s like a man on a tightrope, balancing his need to win enough cash to pay Dietz off with the rekindled relationship with his childhood crush Gambling makes a center stage appearance near the finale, and there s some great poker sequences where Waverly needs to out duel a bunch of wealthy bit players, a cutthroat redneck, and an Arab prince The tension is ratcheted up for an amazing and bloody finale, where all the plot threads and various thugs converge on Waverly and Epstein.One of the aspects that made Michigan Roll a standout for me was its characters, namely the oddball pair of mafia enforcer thugs who d pontificate, argue, wax philosophical, and turn into blood curdling sadists, depending on the time of day Here, we have a perfect odd couple D Marco Fontaine is a professional, priding himself on his regimen of diet and exercise, and infuriated that he let himself get talked into taking a hanger on Sigurd is a lazy, slobbish racist, just about nearly worthless as a mafia enforcer he spendstime checking in with his mother back in Chicago, rambling on about his brilliant film and advertisement ideas, and bragging about his many overblown achievements He ignores just about every piece of good advice and every command Fontaine issues, which leads to some of the most absurd screwball comedy you can find in a crime novel seeing the two of them interact and even grow as characters is pure entertainment Double Down follows the same formula that made Michigan Roll a knockout read it may not be as razor sharp, but at times it sinventive, and Kakonis pacing really hits its stride The expert characterization shines and the dialogue cracks like a whip this is a novel that just oozes style and low life atmosphere, a brutal and crass portrait of underworld desperation Also, it s great to see the gambler Waverly actually do quite a bit of gambling If you like a lean, mean thriller in the vein of El Leonard, Double Down is a safe bet If you have yet to read Michigan Roll, look into that one if you liked it, you won t be disappointed by the first of two sequels.I received an e ARC from Brash Books and NetGalley in exchange for an open and honest review I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review A mob boss has given professional gambler Timothy Waverly two weeks to make good on a 300,000 debt or die at the hands of two hit men Waverly s only hope is convince a pill popping, ex girlfriend and her loser husband to set him up in a series of high stakes poker games in Palm Beach with rich Arab prince who cheats at cards But that s not the only game that s rigged Waverly knows he s going to be killed a I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review A mob boss has given professional gambler Timothy Waverly two weeks to make good on a 300,000 debt or die at the hands of two hit men Waverly s only hope is convince a pill popping, ex girlfriend and her loser husband to set him up in a series of high stakes poker games in Palm Beach with rich Arab prince who cheats at cards But that s not the only game that s rigged Waverly knows he s going to be killed as soon as he pays his debt and that somehow he s got to cheat death in his biggest gamble yet.This book was originally released in the early 1990 s and it is quite apparent There is just a sense of been there, read that to this story and it just wasn t very compelling to me Lots of predictable twists and turns that shows its age also Would this have been a better book if I had read it in 1991 More than likely, but after reading these kinds of books for the in between 26 years, this one just doesn t stack up.PaulARH Tim Waverly ist Berufsspieler und ein bi chen in Verlegenheit, denn Gunther Dietz, ein Gangster etwas gr eren Kalibers hat zwei Killer auf ihn angesetzt, beide wunderbar auf gegens tzliche Weise, der eine in seinen K rper verliebt, der andere in seine Ideen, z.B einen Western nur f r Schwarze.Um am Leben zu bleiben gilt es, schnell ein paar hundert tausend beim Pokern zu gewinnen Das klappt auch fast, wenn nicht der Araber betr gen w rde Und so mu man dann doch fliehen Sehr sch n, auch die Tim Waverly ist Berufsspieler und ein bi chen in Verlegenheit, denn Gunther Dietz, ein Gangster etwas gr eren Kalibers hat zwei Killer auf ihn angesetzt, beide wunderbar auf gegens tzliche Weise, der eine in seinen K rper verliebt, der andere in seine Ideen, z.B einen Western nur f r Schwarze.Um am Leben zu bleiben gilt es, schnell ein paar hundert tausend beim Pokern zu gewinnen Das klappt auch fast, wenn nicht der Araber betr gen w rde Und so mu man dann doch fliehen Sehr sch n, auch die zarte Liebesgeschichte zur Exfreundin, die leider den besten Freund geheiratet hatte.Mehr davon [ Free Epub ] ♸ Double Down ⚕ A wild crime thriller from the author of Michigan Roll Timothy Waverly faces a crime boss, an assassin and what may be the most dangerous enemy of all a deadly ex flame, in this suspenseful read Publishers Weekly calls steamy with a high rent, low life atmospherean unforgettable casta violent shoot out Tom Kakonis has been hailed as a successor to El Leonard It s true that his clever and gritty thrillers have some resemblance but I can t put them in that lofty company just yet Leonard s literary polish and creativeness set a high standard that Kakonis approaches, but this book doesn t reach that level.The protagonist, Tim Waverly, is a gambler who seems to have a dark cloud hovering over him A drug boss warns him that he has two weeks to pay back 300,000 for some drugs he burned or fac Tom Kakonis has been hailed as a successor to El Leonard It s true that his clever and gritty thrillers have some resemblance but I can t put them in that lofty company just yet Leonard s literary polish and creativeness set a high standard that Kakonis approaches, but this book doesn t reach that level.The protagonist, Tim Waverly, is a gambler who seems to have a dark cloud hovering over him A drug boss warns him that he has two weeks to pay back 300,000 for some drugs he burned or face an untimely death He manages to finagle his way into a high stakes poker game with some big shot developers and a rich Arab prince where he hopes he can win enough money to pay the debt He realizes that even if he does come out a winner at cards, he will probably still be a target for hit men The story has many characters, many twists, and a lot of violence How Waverly survives the turmoil provides an ending that you will have to read for yourself.One character, Sigurd Stumpley, almost carries the story with his crude and boorish behavior Unfortunately he won t be around for his own series but Kakonis might try to revive a similar spirit for a change of pace personality in his next stories A well done portrait I had a problem with unevenness in Kakonis writing One minute he is waxing philosophically with classical citations, the next he is spouting obscenities that would embarrass a longshoreman Periods of heavy introspection are interrupted with blasphemous rants about racial groups, fat women, and body functions Too much self examination and deep thinking creates a wordiness that makes the clarity and flow seem murky Much of the verbosity could have been pared.Some snappy comebacks and great one liners, however, kept me in the book The author has a great sense of humor that makes the dialogue sparkle in places An enjoyable read from an author with talent This is the second book in the Timothy Waverly series Double Down picks up right where Michigan Role left off Bennie and Waverly have to pay 550,000 and an additional 250,000 as compensation for all the trouble they caused Dietz They will be killed if they don t pay up Bennie and Timothy are lying low in Palm Beach They scraped together the first 550,000 but the other 250,000 will be impossible Waverly has plan that involves playing poker with some very wealthy men.I enjoy the char This is the second book in the Timothy Waverly series Double Down picks up right where Michigan Role left off Bennie and Waverly have to pay 550,000 and an additional 250,000 as compensation for all the trouble they caused Dietz They will be killed if they don t pay up Bennie and Timothy are lying low in Palm Beach They scraped together the first 550,000 but the other 250,000 will be impossible Waverly has plan that involves playing poker with some very wealthy men.I enjoy the character of Timothy Waverly Trouble always finds him The writing of Tom Kakonis is full of action and suspense I enjoyed reading Michigan Roll and Double Down I will definitely read the third book in the Waverly Series In the second of Tom Kakonis s books about professional gambler Timothy Waverly, Waverly is desperate to pay off his debt to vicious mob boss Gunter Dietz With two of Dietz s collectors hit men on his trail, Waverly hopes he can come up with the money in some very high stakes poker games The tension and suspense just keep getting ratcheted up and the appearance of Waverly s old girlfriend brings its own set of problems and opportunities This is another romping good read by Kakonis.Thank you t In the second of Tom Kakonis s books about professional gambler Timothy Waverly, Waverly is desperate to pay off his debt to vicious mob boss Gunter Dietz With two of Dietz s collectors hit men on his trail, Waverly hopes he can come up with the money in some very high stakes poker games The tension and suspense just keep getting ratcheted up and the appearance of Waverly s old girlfriend brings its own set of problems and opportunities This is another romping good read by Kakonis.Thank you to Brash Books and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book The action and activity in this book are real solid, the story is as worn out as an old shoe Every twist and turn is totally predictable A couple of the characters are entertaining, thank goodness, because they provide most of the fun that is to be found here I think Kakonis is probably a good writer, but I am speculating wildly that he had to crank out a book for his publisher on a deadline and this is the result.