Kill Game: A Cold Poker Gang Mystery

Kill Game: A Cold Poker Gang Mystery Summary

USA Today bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith takes you into the world of his acclaimed novel Dead Money with a new series about a group of retired Las Vegas Police detectives playing poker and solving cold cases.
Retired Detective Bayard Lott hosts the weekly poker games at his home. The group calls themselves the Cold Poker Gang. And they succeed at closing old cases.
Lott's very first homicide case as a brand-new detective had gone cold more than twenty years earlier. But retired Reno detective Julia Rogers, new to the Cold Poker Gang, suggests they look at that case again for personal reasons.
From that simple suggestion spins one of the strangest and most complicated murder mystery puzzles the gang has ever seen.

Read the whole riveting series!
Cold Call
Calling Dead 
Bad Beat
Dead Hand 
Ace High
Burn Card

"Dean Wesley Smith does for poker what James Patterson does for serial killers."
—Sheldon McArthur, former owner of Mysterious Books in Los Angeles

"[An] exhilarating political poker thriller."
—Genre Go Round Reviews on Dead Money

Book Reviews


Women’s romance novel1 star

Entirely too many unnecessary paragraphs about Detective Lott’s eyes!15


Amazing book5 star

This book was amazing and suspenseful. I loved reading it and in fact I read it twice:)55


I did not enjoy this book1 star

Riddled with grammatical mistakes, spelling errors, and horrible cliches. There are also odd moments in the story where one of the characters suddenly has immense sex appeal to a woman he is interviewing about her dead husband. One more oddity is the author’s obsession with describing how wonderful KFC is. This book is really poorly written.15


Kill Game: The Cold Poker Mysteries4 star

As an avid reader of Robert Ludlum, Ken Follett, and recently David Baldaccci , I was really excited to read Dean WesleySmith’s creation. I read the novel in one night. It was wonderfully written with a twisty plot, unexpected directions and the surprising but fun addition of romance,not usually found in thrillers. It was just a great, different and for me,not too disgusting crime novel. So many think that the more debased the behavior the better the book, but NO this is high level decent entertainment and we thank you for it. I’ve gotta new author to read!45


Kill game5 star

One of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Quite fun. I will be searching for more from this author.55


Easy read3 star

Not captivating, but a solid easy read35


Kill Game3 star

A few typos and mistakes, but the storyline was good. I looked forward to reading it each night.35


No suspense2 star

This was a frustratingly slow and boring novel—no suspense whatsoever, romance between two main characters lackluster. Two stars for being easy to read, despite being boring.25


Kill Game: A Cold Poker Gang Mystery5 star

A nice light read, mystery with a little time thrown in.55


Kill Game4 star

Really nice read!!!!45

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