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Title:
Wild horses : a novel
Author:
Hodge, Brian, 1960-
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : William Morrow, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
308 pages ; 25 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780688165277
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Book

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In Las Vegas, anything goes. So when Allison discovers her blackjack dealer boyfriend has a cheatin' heart, "hit me" takes on a whole new meaning. She clobbers Boyd with a cactus. Then she trashes his prized money-skimming scam, swipes his only records of an off-shore bank account (the key to a fortune) without realizing it, and blows town." Big mistake." Because Boyd has a partner: an aging showgirl still young enough to scheme. Not happy with her cut, this redhead wants revenge-and she knows a cold-blooded killer who will help her get it. Meanwhile, Boyd has found solace with a new-age hooker who cares about Boyd's karma more than his money. Now the whole brawling, balling, hurting tangle of friends, traitors, and lovers is going on the road. In separate cars. Leaving behind a trail of broken bodies and broken laws, they're all following Allison. And she's following a devious plan of her own. . . . "From the Paperback edition."


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Extending the arc that has led him increasingly away from the horror content of his early '90s novels, Hodge (Prototype) serves up a soulful crime drama that blends the comic and macabre. When Las Vegas day-care worker Allison Willoughby discovers that her blackjack dealer boyfriend Boyd is cheating on her, she packs her bags and, out of spite, empties the hard drive of his laptop onto floppies, then erases the hard drive and sends the box to Mississippi with her belongings. Big mistake. Those disks contain access codes for accounts where Boyd has stashed three-quarters of a million dollars that he and aging showgirl Madeline DeCarlo have skimmed from casino profits. Oblivious to the turmoil that ensues, Allison embarks on a redemptive cross-country odyssey during which she comes to terms with her sexually abusive father and meets soulmate Thomas St. John. Fumbling in bloody pursuit are the double-crossing Boyd, and the double-crossed Madeline, whose new lover, cold-blooded hit man Gunther Manzetti, adds the requisite, but uniquely characterized, psychotic loose-cannon element to the loopy gang of money-grubbers. Hodge's plotting is routine and his prose often too lyrical for the tale's more hard-boiled moments. (Of two women having a fistfight, he writes, "They flung each other out the door to land beneath the stars above this desert town where dreams and old dogs came to die"). But his well-drawn criminals make a memorable batch of bottom-feeders, particularly the eerie Gunther, who spends his time expanding his vocabulary and dispatching victims with Drano. Hodge orchestrates their foibles with a conviction that almost makes you believe, as they do, that there are sermons in bathroom graffiti and that the most outrageous twists of fate are the credible dividends of Vegas odds. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

Despite a plot littered with gamblers, con men, and violence, Wild Horses is a quest for the good life and a study of human relationships. We meet thirtysomething Allison Willoughby in Las Vegas as she is about to discover her current lover's infidelity. Quickly bidding Boyd adieu by smashing a potted cactus on his car, she embarks on a cross-country trek unaware that she possesses computer files worth $700,000 to Boyd; his pit boss paramour, Madeline; and her thug boyfriend, Gunther. Hodge's savvy depiction of modern life's underbelly recalls the work of Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen. His pace is quick, the action tough and dirty. In contrast, he employs an amazingly delicate touch when depicting the vulnerable aspects of his characters. Best of all, the escapades of this motley band of players speak directly to anyone who has longed to tread a riskier path. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 11/15/98.]‘Nancy McNicol, Hagaman Memorial Lib., East Haven, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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