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The Long Night of Winchell Dear

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The steady tick of an aged Regulator wall clock and the squeak of an overhead fan turning slowly are soft but insistent, counting down the night, while the high desert thrums like a half-remembered Victrola song. The sounds are below the consciousness of Winchell Dear, an old-time gambler, a Texas poker player on the southern circuit, as he waits for something . . . something vague that his life of chance tells him is evil and moving his way. He has gassed and oiled the Cadillac and adjusts the pistol in his right boot, then plays one of the six fiddle tunes he knows, thinking back to his good days with Lucinda Miller. Alone, he waits in his remote ranch house, while, just outside, an acquaintance named Luther hunts, unblinking and of nervous temperament and moving through yellow primrose bending in the night wind.

In Diablo Canyon, a distant part of Winchell Dear’s ranch, Peter Long Grass squats by a campfire, contemplating the profile he saw moving along the ridge of Guapa Mountain an hour ago, thinking about the gambler’s housekeeper, Sonia Dominguez, about the small, quiet world he has fashioned far from civilization and what undefined presence might now be threatening it. He gathers his tools and begins to run across the desert floor.

And boring toward all of them is a cream-colored Lincoln Continental with two men aboard. Traveling from Los Angeles on a mission they’ve been given, they are professionals, cool and implacable at the start, but becoming steadily more confused by the strange landscape they are passing through. Forty minutes from their task, they ready themselves, while a kitchen wall clock ticks its way through the long night of Winchell Dear.

The Long Night of Winchell Dear finds master storyteller Robert James Waller at his best as he takes us through the wind and dust of the high desert mountains, into the shadowy world of high-stakes poker fought in the back rooms of Amarillo and Little Rock, and headlong toward the book’s stunning finale of chaotic terror, where an unexpected hero emerges.

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Synopsis:

A retired gambler who has traded in his cards for a peaceful life on a remote ranch, Winchell Dear is enjoying his quiet and reclusive life, with only the occasional company of Peter Long Grass, a Comanche Indian, and Sonia Dominguez, an ambitious Mexican woman, until three heavily armed men arrive to turn all their lives upside down. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307351593
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Subject:
Fiction-Literary
Author:
Robert James Waller
Author:
Waller, Robert James
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
Drug couriers.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20070626
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
160

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Product details 160 pages Crown Publishing Group - English 9780307351593 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A retired gambler who has traded in his cards for a peaceful life on a remote ranch, Winchell Dear is enjoying his quiet and reclusive life, with only the occasional company of Peter Long Grass, a Comanche Indian, and Sonia Dominguez, an ambitious Mexican woman, until three heavily armed men arrive to turn all their lives upside down. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.
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