Tim Powers - Last Call - Orion Publishing Group

Last Call

By Tim Powers

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The WORLD FANTASY AWARD-winning novel from the author of THE ANUBIS GATES and DECLARE.

Twenty years ago Scott Crane abandoned his career as a professional poker player and went into hiding, after a weird high-stakes game played with Tarot cards. But now the cards - and the supernatural powers behind them - have found him again.

Crane's father killed gangster Bugsy Siegel in 1948 to become the Fisher King, and to keep that power he is determined to kill his son. Now Scott Crane must cross the Mojave Desert to his father's Perilous Chapel in Las Vegas, and take up the cards again for one last poker duel. And the stakes are the highest he's ever played for ... his soul.

Biographical Notes

Tim Powers was born in Buffalo, New York, and educated at California State University, gaining a degree in English. It was at University that he met K.W. Jeter and James Blaylock, who became friends and occasional collaborators, and the three of them are regarded as the founding fathers of the steampunk literary movement. He was also a friend of noted science fiction writer Philip K. Dick. Tim Powers is the author of many highly regarded novels and among his many honours are two PHILIP K. DICK AWARDs (for THE ANUBIS GATES and DINNER AT DEVIANT'S PALACE) and two WORLD FANTASY AWARDs (for LAST CALL and DECLARE). The fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film is based on his 1988 novel ON STRANGER TIDES. Tim Powers lives in California with his wife Serena.

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  • ISBN: 9780575116818
  • Publication date: 10 Oct 2013
  • Page count: 560
  • Imprint: Gollancz
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