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Blind Shuffle (Paperback) (Austin Williams)
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Far from the glitz of Bourbon Street, heinous crimes are being committed against young women, and a street magician seeks to pull off his greatest trick by staying alive long enough to see justice done. Fans of James Lee Burke and George Pelecanos will be enthralled by this New Orleans noir.Rusty Diamond comes back to New Orleans to make amends. A decade earlier, he learned all of the tricks of the trade from Prosper Lavalle, a master street magician. He also fell in love with Prosper’s daughter, Marceline. And when Rusty fled to Las Vegas, to fame and fortune, he broke both of their hearts. Now he is back to make right the wrongs he did, only Prosper doesn’t want to hear Rusty’s apologies, and no one has seen Marceline for days.She’s five-months pregnant and vanished without a trace, her father worried sick, her casino-boss ex-boyfriend claiming to know nothing of her disappearance. With the police not yet ready to declare foul play, Rusty launches his own investigation.Searching for Marceline will take Rusty into the dangerous underbelly of the Crescent City, where enormous profit can be made from human misery, where desperate people hunt on the fringes, and where not all magic is sleight of hand. It will take him into the mistakes of his past, and give Rusty his shot at redemption. And it will take him—if he’s not careful—to the bottom of a bayou.