Only one will leave the game…alive.
Wild Bill Hickok, alive again in the graveyard in Deadwood on a cold October night, has an irresistible compulsion to go to Atlantic City. There, in the mysterious and magical Black Queen casino, he joins a rogue’s gallery of resurrected scoundrels, all gamblers who were murdered like himself.
Will the father of organized crime revert to his bad habits and attempt to take over the Queen? Will Wild Bill finally find out if those aces and eights are winners? Five murdered men sit down to a poker tournament for the highest possible stakes: the right to stay alive.
(Originally published as Dead Man’s Hand)
Pati Nagle has written over twenty novels in a variety of genres. Her short stories have appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Cicada, Cricket, and in various other magazines and anthologies.
Her fantasy novels include the linked Blood of the Kindred series and Immortal series, as well as stand-alone titles. She writes historical fiction including the critically-acclaimed Far Western Civil War series as P.G. Nagle. She also writes the popular Wisteria Tearoom Mysteries as Patrice Greenwood. She is a founding member of Book View Café.