by Austin Williams
on Tour Nov 2 – 13, 2015
“I wanted to take a bite out of BLIND SHUFFLE before breakfast but ended up reading straight through lunch. I finished it on a plane to Tijuana. This was my first Rusty Diamond novel…it won’t be my last. Dig in.”
Far from the neon lights 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. The stage is set for a New Orleans noir perfect for fans of James Lee Burke and George Pelecanos.
Rusty Diamond abandoned the Crescent City years ago to pursue fame in Las Vegas, leaving Marceline Lavalle, the daughter of his mentor, with a broken heart. Now Rusty has come back to make amends with his former teacher and his first love—but Prosper Lavalle won’t face him, and no one has seen Marceline for days.
Five months pregnant, Marceline’s vanished without a trace. Her estranged boyfriend, a casino boss with criminal ties and a hair-trigger temper, claims no knowledge of her whereabouts. With the police not yet ready to declare foul play, Rusty launches his own investigation.
The search for Marceline will take Rusty into the darkest corners of New Orleans, 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 force him to confront the mistakes of his past, and offer him a shot at redemption. And it will leave him—if he’s not careful—at the bottom of a bayou.
Published by: Diversion Books
Publication Date: October 20, 2015
Number of Pages: 266
ISBN: 1626817782 (ISBN13: 9781626817784)
Series: 2nd Rusty Diamond Novel
Read an excerpt:
My review of Blind Shuffle
One of these days, I’m going to write a review that simply says: “Read this book.”
Today could be that day. But I won’t give short shrift to Austin Williams. He deserves more, so here goes.
Blind Shuffle was my first introduction to Rusty Diamond. I’m sold. I will be reading the first novel in the series (don’t worry, Blind Shuffle can stand on its own) as well as hoping for more installments. On a side note, I’ll also be reading the rest of Austin Williams’ books, because he is an absolute treat.
Williams writes in a way that I wish I could (as do many prospective authors, I imagine) — it is effortless (or seems that way), seamless, and smart. He even uses big, intelligent words (when appropriate) that bring me joy; somnambulist, enervating, obsequious, to name a few. He has produced an engaging, interesting story with a compelling plot featuring fascinating characters. There isn’t a single facet of this novel that is not fulfilling.
I thought this was a book that I could read in snippets, as I tend to do (or try to, anyway). I was wrong. I was quickly enthralled by Blind Shuffle and found myself annoyed and impatient when I was pulled away from my reading, even for just a few moments. I read it in the span of a few hours, because it’s just that good. This is a crime thriller that delivers.
Certain aspects of the novel — the intriguing characters, the locale (New Orleans always serves as a fascinating backdrop), the magic (which is never hokey) — really added to the experience. At the end of the day, the simple fact is this: Blind Shuffle is an excellent book.It fires on all cylinders. I recommend it without reservation.
Read this book.
Austin Williams is the author of the Rusty Diamond series of crime thrillers published by Diversion Books. The second novel in the series, Blind Shuffle, was released in October 2015.
Other books by Williams include the cult suspense novels Crimson Orgy and The Platinum Loop. He is the co-author (with Erik Quisling) of Straight Whisky: A Living History of Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll on the Sunset Strip.
He lives in Los Angeles.
This is a giveaway hosted by Diversion Books for Austin Williams. There will be 8 winners of 1 eBook copy of Blind Shuffle by Austin Williams. The giveaway runs through November 13, 2015.