Master con artist Radar Hoverlander is getting out of the life...unless his old man drags him back in. After their last big con netted them a nice chunk of change, Radar Hoverlander and his grifter girlfriend, Allie Quinn, have vowed to go straight. But Radar's fragile commitment to clean living is put to the test when an oddly hefty lady in red shows up and stalks him through the streets of Santa Fe. Except that's no lady--it's Radar's dad, Woody Hoverlander, a world class con artist in his own right.Radar correctly figures if his dad is in drag, he must be in trouble. Woody is on the lam, with a Vegas hard guy after him and a large debt to clear. To help him, Radar must break his vow to leave cons behind--and risk losing Allie, who is determined to protect their nest egg and steer clear of bad influences. Radar's best pal, the usually hapless Vic Mirplo, had started creating art as a con, but now he's coming into money as his sculptures start to sell. When Radar needs someone to flash some cash in Vegas and play the reckless gambler so that he can get his father off the hook, he reinvents Mirplo as the ultimate high roller--the Albuquerque Turkey--and dangles him as bait.Art fraud, casino cons, love, loyalty, and plenty of double- and triple-crosses...they all prove that the odds of what happens in Vegas staying in Vegas are about as long as Radar Hoverlander staying straight.
If you're nearly finished with your novel, you may be staring down one of the writer's toughest foes: doubt. In "Battling Doubt," John Vorhaus shares his candid advice on assessing whether your book is ready for submission and publication. This exclusive e-book offers practical advice on smoothing out those last few wrinkles, conquering your fears, and celebrating your completed novel. John Vorhaus is the author of some two dozen books, including the outstanding novels Lucy in the Sky and Poole's Paradise, the classic comedy writing textbook The Comic Toolbox, and the unbelievably conceptual A Million Random Words. Strange as that sounds, it's not even the odd part of his resume, for he has also taught and trained writers in thirty-three countries on five continents (at last count) and created television shows in such exotic locales as Romania and Nicaragua. He tweets for no apparent reason @TrueFactBarFact, sells all his works at www.amazon.com/author/jv, and secretly controls the world from www.johnvorhaus.com.
Meet Radar Hoverlander, a witty, gifted con artist with the mind of David Mamet, the voice of Tom Robbins, and the morals of a sailor on shore leave. What do the Merlin Game, the Penny Skim, the Doolally Snadoodle, and the Afterparty Snuke have in common? They're all the work of world-class con artist and master bafflegabber Radar Hoverlander. Radar's been "on the snuke" since childhood, but he's still looking for his California Roll, the one big scam that'll set him up in sushi for life. Trouble arrives in the stunning, sassy package of Allie Quinn-either the last true innocent or a con artist so slick she makes Radar look like a Quaker. Radar's hapless sidekick, Vic Mirplo, a lovable loser who couldn't con a kid out of a candy cane, thinks Radar's being played. But if love is blind, it's also deaf, dumb and stupid, and before Radar knows it, he's sucked into a vortex of double-, triple-, quadruple-crosses that'll either net him his precious California Roll or put him in a hole in the ground. As timeless as a perpetual-motion machine, as timely as a Madoff arraignment, The California Roll brings you deep inside the world of con artistry, where every fact is fiction and the second liar never has a chance.
It's The Cadillac Of Poker. . . And You're In The Driver's Seat No limit Texas hold'em is the game of choice for newbies drawn in by nail-biting televised games, and for experienced players who relish the thrilling roller coaster ride (and profit!) that only no limit can provide. No limit is poker at its purest--the only game where, with one move, you can instantly obliterate your opponents. . . or your stack. In the first Killer Poker book devoted exclusively to no limit Hold'em, John Vorhaus, dubbed "the sage of poker of our time" by CNN, outlines a complete strategy that allows you to play smart, winning poker while relishing the rush of the game. Vorhaus explores no limit from the inside out, examining its appeal and the qualities it takes to go the distance as a player. He instructs readers in key no limit skills such as: Devising a plan for every hand Classifying your opponents' style of play--and your own Knowing the value of unpredictable and inconsistent play Ensuring you have the right bankroll--and the right motivation--before you play Having an exit strategy for every game Dominating and crushing no limit tournament fields And much more! With Killer Poker No Limit! you'll learn to see the game the way the pros do, and you'll gain the Killer confidence and insider knowledge that enable you to make the right moves at the right time. . . and reap the rewards.
A revolutionary new approach to a revolutionary game Since the 2003 publication of the groundbreaking Killer Poker Online, the Internet game has exploded and the online poker landscape has completely changed. More than 150,000 people are logged in and playing online for real money every day. What does this mean for you? Lots of opportunities to take serious money from novices. Update your Internet play now and make sure you get your share. In Killer Poker Online/2 You'll learn how to: Understand and exploit the patterns, tendencies, and weaknesses of online players Play winning strategies that are not possible in real-world games Beat the unique sit-and-go tournament Vanquish foes in heads-up play Recognize the pitfalls of online cash games Navigate and dominate full-field online tournaments The online game these days is both easier and harder to beat, and with Killer Poker Online/2, you'll learn the latest strategies to bring home the cash. Praise for John Vorhaus and Killer Poker Are you ready for a revolution? John Vorhaus will lift your mind to a higher poker plane. --Russ Hamilton, 1994 WSOP Champion Like a latter-day Aesop, Vorhaus weaves pearls of wisdom into each of his witty and clever tales. He rests secure in his position as one of poker's premier teachers. --Barry Shulman, publisher, Card Player magazine Don't lend this book to anyone--you'll never get it back! --Annie Duke, 2004 WSOP Tournament of Champions winner
A revolutionary new approach to a revolutionary game Since the 2003 publication of the groundbreaking Killer Poker Online, the Internet game has exploded and the online poker landscape has completely changed. More than 150,000 people are logged in and playing online for real money every day. What does this mean for you? Lots of opportunities to take serious money from novices. Update your Internet play now and make sure you get your share. In Killer Poker Online/2 You'll learn how to: * Understand and exploit the patterns, tendencies, and weaknesses of online players * Play winning strategies that are not possible in real-world games * Beat the unique sit-and-go tournament * Vanquish foes in heads-up play * Recognize the pitfalls of online cash games * Navigate and dominate full-field online tournaments The online game these days is both easier and harder to beat, and with Killer Poker Online/2, you'll learn the latest strategies to bring home the cash. Praise for John Vorhaus and Killer Poker "Are you ready for a revolution? John Vorhaus will lift your mind to a higher poker plane." --Russ Hamilton, 1994 WSOP Champion "Like a latter-day Aesop, Vorhaus weaves pearls of wisdom into each of his witty and clever tales. He rests secure in his position as one of poker's premier teachers." --Barry Shulman, publisher, Card Player magazine "Don't lend this book to anyone--you'll never get it back!" --Annie Duke, 2004 WSOP Tournament of Champions winner
"Vorhaus keeps things moving briskly, and Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen fans should be pleased."--Publishers WeeklyAfter pulling world-class cons in California and New Mexico, Radar Hoverlander and his crew, including girlfriend and grift artist Allie Quinn and their hapless buddy Vic Mirplo, are back in action, this time in Austin. So many rich fools to bamboozle--but is Radar having a crisis of conscience? A smart, fast-paced, funny work--crime caper fiction at its best.John Vorhaus introduced the charming con man Radar Hoverlander in the novel California Roll, followed by Albuquerque Turkey; The Texas Twist is the third Radar novel.
Hunches Are Always Right. . . Not only has Hal Harris never been particularly close to his brother Guy--in fact, he hasn't seen him in years. So when he gets a phone call from Guy, pleading with him to meet him in Vegas, Hal's got a bad feeling. . . Especially Where. . . But he never imagines his whole life is about to change when professional gambler Guy takes poker novice Hal into the bright lights of a big city. And when Guy is killed right before Hal's eyes, he's thrown headlong into Guy's high-adrenaline world, meeting the people he knew and wronged as he takes his brother's place in a multi-million poker tournament in hopes of finding his killer. . . Murder's Involved. . . With just one chance and zero luck on his side, Hal's got to pull off the impossible as he fights his way through a neon-soaked city where lying is a skill to die for. . . For everyone who ever drove all night to Vegas on zero sleep and got into a whole lot of trouble. Or, for anyone who just wants to read about it. --Jeff Arch, author of Sleepless in Seattle John Vorhaus is the author of two books on writing: The Comic Toolbox and Creativity Rules! An avid poker player, he has written several books on that subject, including the hugely successful Killer Poker series (published by Lyle Stuart). An international consultant in television and film script development, Vorhaus has worked for television networks, film schools, production companies, and film funding bodies in twenty-three countries on four continents. He also creates situation comedies and writes screenplays for clients worldwide. In the United States, his television writing credits include Married. . . with Children, Head of the Class, The Sentinel, The Flash, and more. John Vorhaus lives in Monrovia, California, with his wife and energetic dogs.