Jack Barnett
Created by Mike Dennis

"Nobody is actually from Las Vegas.

-- the first line, Temptation Town

Looking for a "reluctant ex-PI" to take you "down the darkest streets of Sin City, USA"?

JACK BARNETT may be your man.

The Los Angeles private eye got his ass out of the City of Angels just in time, one step ahead of the law, figuring he could get lost in the glittery sham of Las Vegas.

Jack's big plan was to cash in on his alleged talent for poker, laying low and squeeze out a living as a low-limit seven-card stud player in a no-name casino far from the bright lights. But it turns out Jack's card "skills" aren't quite as good as he'd hoped, and trouble is never as far away as he'd prayed.

And so, with the bank balance sinking low, it's down those mean streets a man must go again, maybe reluctantly, but neither tarnished nor afraid, in this trilogy consisting of two novelettes and a full novel that brings it all home.


After thirty years as a Key West piano plinker, Mike Dennis moved to Las Vegas in 2006 to become a professional poker player. He turned to writing when his first novel, The Take, was picked up by a publisher in 2009. He then wrote a series of standalone noir novels he called the Key West Nocturnes and followed that with the indie-pubbed Jack Barnett/Las Vegas series. In December 2010, he moved back to Key West.


Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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