After serving time for armed robbery, Ernest 'Stick' Stickley is back on the outside and trying to stay legit. But it's tough staying straight in a crooked town - and Miami is a pirate's paradise, where investment fat cats and lowlife drug dealers hold hands and dance. And when a crazed player chooses Stick at random to die for another man's sins, the struggling ex-con is left with no choice but to dive right back into the game. Besides, Stick knows a good thing when he sees it - and a golden opportunity to run a very profitable sweet-revenge scam seems much too tasty to pass up
Elmore Leonard has an unparalleled reputation in the world of crime fiction Winner of the Crime Writers' Association Diamond Dagger 2006 Many of his novels have been made into movie blockbusters Great Phoenix series style 'A writer with a deadly accurate ear...a hot, fast read with pungent characters and a particular code of honor as one of its central tenets. Above all, it feels real' Los Angeles Times 'The crime laureate' Independent 'Irresistible...audacious and outrageous' New York Times Book Review
Elmore Leonard has written more than three dozen books during his highly successful career, and many of his novels have been made into bestselling films. He has been named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America and lives in Bloomfield Village, Michigan, with his wife Christine.