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|Read Pdf » Michigan Roll Ø Rated one of theBest Crime Novels ofby the New York Times Book Review, this is a mystery with a twist Four oddballs end up in the same resort where a throng of drug dealers spells relief from the summer heat d e a t h Martin s With all the comparison s to El Leonard, that I found Mr Kakonis deserves the praise, and was in his early 50 s when he introduced card counting Tim Waverly Hard boiled, with lowlife characters, terrific debut. I received a free copy of this via NetGalley in exchange for this review A crime novel set in Michigan A slightly shady hero A woman roped into doing something against her better judgement A lowlife with delusions of grandeur thinking he can steal a fortune in drugs and get away with it A couple of thug characters, one of which likes to engaging in long rambling conversations that function as veiled threats as a way to intimidate people Seriously, how is this NOT an El Leonard novel It I received a free copy of this via NetGalley in exchange for this review A crime novel set in Michigan A slightly shady hero A woman roped into doing something against her better judgement A lowlife with delusions of grandeur thinking he can steal a fortune in drugs and get away with it A couple of thug characters, one of which likes to engaging in long rambling conversations that function as veiled threats as a way to intimidate people Seriously, how is this NOT an El Leonard novel It isn t, but that s the obvious comparison to this reprint published by the new Brash Books of Tom Kakonis s 1988 novel Tim Waverly is an ex con turned professional gambler who gets bored cleaning out suckers in Florida and takes a trip to revisit his old stomping grounds of Traverse City, Michigan There he meets Holly Clemmons, a k a Midnight, who has come to town to help her dumb ass half brother who thought it d be a brilliant idea to rip off a bunch of dope from the man he was working for Now he has the chatty sex crazed Shadow and his partner, the quiet Native American Gleep, after him Although Waverly is a guy who knows all the odds and sees getting involved as a bad move, he s so intrigued by Holly that he gets drawn into the shenanigans This is a solid crime novel with a colorful cast of characters that does a lot of shifting viewpoints to let you know how they all see one another and themselves along with some clever dialogue Again, it sounds like El Leonard, but Kakonis does enough to differentiate his own style Waverly is a bitintrospective and philosophical than you d usually see in an EL hero, and the bad guys have a bitof nastiness to them The biggest problem I had with this is that it doesn t really do much with the idea that Waverly is a professional gambler, which I thought was one of theinteresting aspects Rather than come up with some kind of plot based around that, it s just part of his background for the stolen drugs story which seems kind of run of the mill these days So while I liked the characters and the set up, the story just didn t do enough to lift it above average.Also posted on Kemper s Book Blog Timothy Waverly s business card describes him as an Applied Probabilities Analyst, which is Waverly s idea of a little joke Timothy is an ex con out of Michigan who now makes his living in south Florida as a professional gambler, trimming the doctors, dentists and others who search out a little high stakes action while on their Florida vacations.Waverly did a stretch for accidentally killing his ex wife s lawyer The ex wife is now remarried and living in Traverse City, Michigan, with the you Timothy Waverly s business card describes him as an Applied Probabilities Analyst, which is Waverly s idea of a little joke Timothy is an ex con out of Michigan who now makes his living in south Florida as a professional gambler, trimming the doctors, dentists and others who search out a little high stakes action while on their Florida vacations.Waverly did a stretch for accidentally killing his ex wife s lawyer The ex wife is now remarried and living in Traverse City, Michigan, with the young son that Waverly never had a chance to know Restless, and anxious to get out of the hot Florida sun for a while, Waverly decides to take a little vacation to Traverse City, which is a small resort community He has no well formulated plans maybe he ll attempt to see his son and maybe he won t.Meanwhile, in Traverse City, an amazingly stupid college kid named Clay Clemmons, has attempted to screw over some major drug dealers by ripping off 500,000 worth of their cocaine Not surprisingly, the drug dealers want it back, and Clemmons, who is quickly in over his head and who has all the backbone of a chocolate clair, calls his sister in Chicago and pleads with her to come up and somehow bail him out of this mess The sister, Holly, is a stunner, and she should have sense enough to tell her brother to deal with his own messes But she s been cleaning up after her little half brother for so long now that it seems like second nature So she pops into her Porsche and tools on up to Traverse City By the time she gets there, however, things have gone from bad to worse The drug kingpin has dispatched two particularly nasty creeps to deal with Clay, and he is now in hiding Neither the creeps nor his sister can find him.The creeps can t find Clay, but they do find Holly and attack her in a parking lot in an effort to make her give up her brother Enter Timothy Waverly at exactly the opportune moment He rescues Holly and in short order is caught up in the middle of this whole mess.What follows is an entertaining story that will remind some readers of an El Leonard novel The characters are quirky and interesting the plot moves along at just the right pace, and Timothy Waverly is a very engaging protagonist The book should appeal to any reader who enjoys El Leonard and is looking for something similar This is an earlier Kakonis thriller and it s objectively inferior to his later standalones, but is still very much recognizably his work There is that dialogue precision of dropped propositions, rough and tumble characters, love stories that never quite work out, although this book features distinctly less white trash, a distinctly classier main protagonist and a distinctlystraight forward plot The latter is noticeable and somewhat regrettable and Kakonis certainly improved as a narrator This is an earlier Kakonis thriller and it s objectively inferior to his later standalones, but is still very much recognizably his work There is that dialogue precision of dropped propositions, rough and tumble characters, love stories that never quite work out, although this book features distinctly less white trash, a distinctly classier main protagonist and a distinctlystraight forward plot The latter is noticeable and somewhat regrettable and Kakonis certainly improved as a narrator in his subsequent work plot complexity wise It s still an enjoyable read, though, and Waverly is an interesting character, a teacher turned convict turned professional gambler Apparently interesting enough to feature in additional books This one is from the late 80s, it doesn t read particularly dated except for the somewhat staggering racial slurs Then again, Kakonis gang aren t exactly a PC bunch Not author s best, but a fun read, solid crime thriller with very good writing Good enough to make it to The New York Times list of the top 10 crime novels when it came out, so there