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by Milton T. Burton

The Rogues' Game download ebook
ISBN:
0312336810
ISBN13:
978-0312336813
Author:
Milton T. Burton
Publisher:
Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (July 1, 2005)
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Pages:
304 pages
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1376 kb
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1162 kb
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Category:
Mystery
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Rating:
4.5

The author and publisher have provided this e-book to you for your . This book is dedicated to the memory of. my mother. Allyne Hocutt Burton.

The author and publisher have provided this e-book to you for your personal use only. my son. George Walter Burton. my teacher and friend. I wasn’t entirely straight with you when I said I was looking for a game, I told him. I already know where one is, and I want in it. I think you might just be the man to get me through the door.

The Rogues' Game" refers to, at least on the level closest to the surface, a weekly poker game held in an aging hotel of a backwater . Well paced, gritty, and authentic, both Milton T. Burton and his debut novel are the real deal

The Rogues' Game" refers to, at least on the level closest to the surface, a weekly poker game held in an aging hotel of a backwater post-World War II Texas hole of a town. Burton and his debut novel are the real deal.

With its wildcatting spirit, Milton T. Burton's The Rogues' Game is a high stakes novel and an exquisite quest for revenge. Milton Burton was born in Jacksonville, Texas and has worked variously as a cattleman, college teacher, and political consultant. He now lives in Tyler. The Rogues' Game is his first novel. Библиографические данные. The Rogues' Game - Milton T. Burton. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere.

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Milton Burton's THE ROGUES' GAME is a sassy western noir novel set in the post World War II Texas oil patch. You are in the United States store. Remove from Wishlist. Books related to The Rogues' Game.

An enigmatic man driving a fine Lincoln convertible and accompanied by a beautiful blonde, comes to a small West Texas town. Ostensibly, his purpose is to get into a poker game that had been going at the infamous Weilbach Hotel. But as the story unfolds, it becomes apparent that he has a darker motive, one that centers on a sinister local banker named Clifton Robillard.

Before allowing us to know, Burton juices his plot with a giant oil strike and a delicious love affair, both of which pave the way for an assortment of neat surprises-surprises . Nights of the red moon. The sweet and the dead.

Before allowing us to know, Burton juices his plot with a giant oil strike and a delicious love affair, both of which pave the way for an assortment of neat surprises-surprises involving chicanery, double-dealing, vigilantism and an unabashed antihero playing the rogue’s game close to the vest.

1947. An enigmatic man driving a fine Lincoln convertible and accompanied by a beautiful blonde, comes to a small West Texas town. Ostensibly, his purpose is to get into a poker game that had been going at the infamous Weilbach Hotel. But as the story unfolds, it becomes apparent that he has a darker motive, one that centers on a sinister local banker named Clifton Robillard. Aided by an old-time hood named Chicken Little, the protagonist maneuvers Robillard toward a shattering climax in which we discover that nothing is what it seems to be.With its wildcatting spirit, The Rogues' Game is a high stakes novel and an exquisite quest for revenge.
Reviews:
  • Conjulhala
A note perfect debut novel by another departed native son, this is a hard-boiled caper thriller straight out of the Jim Thompson school of criminal grit. Set in West Texas at the start of the post-World War II boom, the book features a nameless narrator and his curvy blonde girlfriend, a woman with a sad past but a sharp mind for business and all the angles on both sides of the law. This is a richly layered story that starts out as a man and his girlfriend headed for a high-stakes poker game in a ’47 Lincoln convertible, then appears to be a plot to rob the game’s high-rollers, then morphs again into a deceptive game with a darker motivation rooted in the narrator’s past as an OSS operative. Although set in the past, Burton’s novel isn’t a sepia-toned period piece. He makes subtle use of historical details and the intricacies of the oil business, the fever of a new boom town and the nuances of poker strategy in service of a well-told tale that echoes the essence of that classic Paul Newman and Robert Redford movie, The Sting, but skips the schmaltz and caricature. And the mark in Burton’s story is far nastier than Doyle Lonnegan and far more deserving of a comeuppance, which becomes apparent when Burton peels back the final layer to reveal what his book is truly about. What I learned from Burton’s novel is how to make judicious use of historical details to set a story in the past without making the past a major point of the story. I also took to heart the way he added just the right amount of technical background about a complex subject to make it authentic without turning the narrative into a term paper. He uses the same deft touch to make his mythical West Texas town come to life without a hint of maudlin nostalgia.
  • Fawrindhga
The Rogue's Game is a hell of a ride through post WWII Texas. It's got a great poker game seemingly at the heart of it, until you realize that poker is just a means to an end.

Burton's characterizations are quite unique, and drip with the flavor of West Texas. His sense of the slang, and character nicknames are very appealing. If you like movies like The Sting, anything to do with poker, noir novel, or sharp local dialog like almost no one writes today, run to get this book and make sure to check out his second book, The Sweet and the Dead, which is a true five star read. We can only home that Milton Burton is going to be with us for a very long time. This is one hell of an entertaining read.
  • Mr.Champions
I like Parker, Ludlum, Hunter, and sometimes Woods, Burton is now my new favorite. Great read. Thanks Mr. Burton.
  • Togar
This is a great first book. As a native Texan I thoroughly enjoyed this tale of old time Texas in the 40s, oil wells, greed and con men. Plus a little dose of WWII intrigue. Looking forward to Mr. Burton's next effort.
  • Bine
Backdrop for story in post WWII Texas is intriguing as is basic plot but story becomes too predictable & the characters are caricatures. The result is a below-average page turner.
  • DEAD-SHOT
Great writing...I couldn't put it down.
  • Dordred
Like the small west Texas town that is never named, the man with no name is not what he appears to be on the surface. He drives a beautiful car and appears in town with a beautiful woman named Della. It isn't the first time he has been in town as he was here before in 1942. This time he is back to seek some revenge and no one remembers him or suspects that he is anything other than what he appears to be-a flamboyant gambler.

Revenge for what isn't clear nor is his plan. His plan does involve a weekly high stakes card game that has been going on for decades at the Weilbach Hotel. It also isn't really clear which of several players is his target. It also isn't clear on how Della's interest in a recent oil strike is going to help or for that matter hurt his plan. Like his cards, he keeps his plans close to the vest and adjusts for changes. He does have a plan, he is flexible and he just needs a little help from friends like Chicken Little and Icepick Willie.

What follows in this novel by Tyler, Texas resident Milton T. Burton is an intriguing and deeply twisted tale of a great con. The author opens a portal back into a different time and pulls the reader deeply into a Texas of the recent past. Told through first person point of view he spins a rich and complex weave that pulls the reader deep into his world where only slowly does the shape and scope of the plan come tantalizingly clear like the mirage on a West Texas highway during the heat of the summer before disappearing again. Heavily atmospheric both in place and in style of writing, this is the kind of novel that starts slowly, moves slowly and pulls the reader in so deep that when one looks up from the book there is that splendid moment of disorientation between the past that might have been and the present.

Kevin R. Tipple © 2005
This is a mystery about an elaborate grift set in Post WWII Texas at the start of the oil boom. All the characters are so well done and not stereotypical; Della, the beautiful blonde is also very business smart; Manlow Rhodes, the Presbyterian banker, "Chicken" Little, an old ex-con and breeder of gamecocks; Det. Ollie Marne, the cop on the take "would like to be a better man than his job and the circumstances in this town will allow him to be.", and many others including the protagonist who tells the story in retrospect. The plotting, sense of time and place, dialogue and tension are first-rate. There is a second standalone and a series on the way by Burton and you can bet I'm going to read them.