Edition: First printing.
New York: St Martin's Minotaur, (2003) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The author's first book, and the first in a series of highly praised hardboiled novel featuring poker player Wiley. This is "the story of a man who's drifting through the remains of his torn-up life like a ghost, playing poker to make ends meet but always on the edge of an abyss, not quite sure whether his minimal efforts at life are worth the trouble. When the estranged daughter he hasn't spoken to in a year turns up gutted with a sharp knife in a cheap motel room, Wiley's solitary life spins out of control and a violent showdown with both the killer and with his own bloody conscience becomes inevitable. He stalks the nasty underside of Portland's sex industry, jumping at every shadow and taking two steps back for every forward stride. But Wiley is determined to do this one thing right, perhaps to make amends to his lost daughter, or maybe to make peace with his own battered soul." SIGNED on the title page and dated in March 2003, the month of publication. 275 pp. ISBN: 0-312303831.
Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (appears unread.)