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{June 17, 2013}   {Review} The Superuser: A Grisham Stark Poker Murder Mystery by Collin Moshman and Katie Dozier

12514183From Goodreads: When a punk poker superstar loses millions in a mysterious game, he hires disgraced champion and ex-cop Grisham Stark to investigate. As Stark confronts cold-blooded players in Monte Carlo and Las Vegas, he realizes his one shot at redemption is to catch the most dangerous poker cheat of all time: the Superuser.

Behind the scenes, a politician is hijacking the scandal to wage a legislative battle in Washington. A beautiful female player is blackmailed into hiding a deadly secret that threatens to unravel the entire deception, and the ruthless Superuser is killing anyone who dares stand in his way.

Grisham Stark will ultimately face a terrifying question: Is the Superuser’s final goal far more than money?

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This novel has a great premise and murder mystery that develops within, but there was so much poker lingo and speech that it bogged me down, forcing me to read the novel in sections because I just couldn’t keep up.  I am not a poker player, and I don’t crunch numbers or understand science all that well, so this leaves me at a disadvantage with novels that focus more on the left side of the brain as I’m a right side brain thinker all the way.  There was just so much lingo and discussion using terms and ideas I was unfamiliar with that I had a difficult time focusing on the novel, but I don’t think everyone will have that problem.  In fact, this novel would be great for the poker lover, someone into the sciences and technology, or someone who just wants to learn a bit about the gambling world.  And, like I said before, there’s a fairly intriguing murder mystery in the mix, making it all the more enticing, and the characterization was very well done, I just had a hard time with the poker aspect, which was much of the novel.  Two and a half stars.

2.5 stars

 I received an ebook of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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