Against The Spread (Anna Dawson #2) (Anna Dawson's Vegas)

By Mara Jacobs

From manhattan instances and united states this present day bestselling writer Mara Jacobs comes publication 2 within the Anna Dawson's Vegas secret series.

My identify is Anna Dawson, and i am back.

Unfortunately, so is JoJo.

When the mortgage shark enforcer who beat me up years in the past is located murdered, i am pondering it truly is my fortunate day. until eventually i am puzzled as a potential suspect. i've got an alibi, yet now not one i will reveal. aiding university basketball celebrity Raymond Joseph shave issues isn't really precisely whatever i need to percentage with the cops.

And not only any cop, yet Detective Jack Schiller, my contemporary ex. a guy who obtained a bit too shut, and turns out purpose on getting nearer. i need Jack again, yet i do know it will by no means paintings whereas I nonetheless desire JoJo in my lifestyles. even though, i am commencing to imagine that perhaps i am powerful adequate to try.

But the enforcer's homicide is the least of my difficulties as Raymond's point-shaving turns into public. i'll desire each playing ability i have to win this hand.

*NOTE: The case is solved, the wrongdoer stuck, yet there are a number of threads which are carrying on with on in the course of the subsequent booklet and the series.

Books within the Anna Dawson sequence hence far:

1 - opposed to The Odds

2 - opposed to The unfold

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I’ve heard a lot of people name it various things – the satan on their shoulder, their demon, their internal baby. I had a gambler good friend as soon as who even named his Stan. ” I chuckled, remembering Lonnie and brooding about what had occurred to him. most sensible to not wager. Raymond appeared up at me for the 1st time for the reason that we’d began conversing. “What do you name your voice? ” he requested. I pulled my jacket on, slid out of the sales space and leaned right down to whisper in his ear as I walked handed him. “JoJo. ” “Wow, you glance great,” Lor acknowledged to me Friday afternoon as I got here into the lounge. “Where are you off to so dressed up? ” I had on my black swimsuit, the single I wore while I made a last desk. My hair was once pulled again in a decent bun. The glance had earned me the identify “Black Widow” at the poker circuit after that first ultimate desk. good, the glance and the truth that I’d annihilated the boys at that desk. “A funeral,” I stated quietly hoping simply Lorelei may listen me, yet Ben and Gus either regarded up from the newspapers that they’d been analyzing. “Whose? ” Ben requested with suspicion in his voice. “Paulie’s. ” Gus didn’t try and disguise his glance of shock. Lorelei seemed from me to Gus and Ben. She didn’t learn about my specific heritage with Paulie, and that i most well-liked to maintain it that manner. “Why? ” Ben requested. I cleared my throat. “I’m going as a opt to a pal. ” That looked as if it would fulfill Lorelei and Gus, yet Ben saved on. “What pal? ” I sighed. Vince was once making a choice on me up the following, so it wasn’t like i may conceal it. along with, it wasn’t any of Ben’s company. “Vince Santini. ” I overlooked his bluster and grew to become to Lorelei. “Where do I retain my handbags? ” I used them so little, and typically left them mendacity at the facet desk within the lobby whilst i used to be performed with them, I had no notion the place they ended up. God, what a multitude my lifestyles will be with no Lorelei. Ha. What a large number it used to be besides. She pointed to the visitor closet door. “In there. at the shelf. ” I took out a small, black leather-based one and went again to my bed room to snatch my prerequisites, pulling such a lot of them out of my shipment pants’ wallet. I took the faux identification that I flew to Iowa lower than and positioned it within the backside of the cigar field on my table that stored all my receipts. Lipstick. Brush, in case the bun bit it. genuine identity. money. iPhone. i began to depart, then became again and grabbed a tin of breath mints and tossed them into the handbag to boot. whilst I received again into the lounge, Lorelei was once simply commencing the door to Vince. He regularly appeared sharp, yet he appeared to exude additional debonair this present day. “Hello, Anna,” he stated. “Hi, Vince. Vince Santini, Lorelei Saumels. ” the 2 shook arms, and Lorelei, who had certainly obvious her percentage of handsome males, stood transfixed at Vince. I pointed him into the archway resulting in the lounge. “You be aware of Ben and Gus, correct? ” “Yes, in fact. Gentlemen,” Vince stated as he went to first Gus then Ben and shook their fingers whereas he steered them to not wake up, which they didn’t. “Wow,” Lor whispered in my ear. I in simple terms nodded. “Ready? ” Vince acknowledged to me. “Yes,” I stated as I went to the closet and acquired a scarf for a wrap.

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