Albuquerque adobe builder (and technically ex-con) Bob Wince is back! Readers met him in Richard Peck’s Bravo Award-nominated Dead Pawn. In Jackalope Ca$ino, Wince—neck-deep in a pair of Albuquerque building projects—helps Leela Begay block the creation of a Las Vegas-owned casino in Window Rock, and works to prove that Buck Tsosie’s not really Navajo but Tlaxcalan, descended from the Mexican Indians who built Santa Fe’s San Miguel church. A very New Mexico story, Jackalope Ca$ino ricochets from Albuquerque to Santa Fe to Gallup to Las Vegas, from base-jumping to craps lessons, from burritos to prime rib, with Wince and his crew dodging bankruptcy, arrest warrants, and gunfire. And Bob Wince juggles them all, with mixed success.
…great characters, wide knowledge of casino business… and the complicated relationships between Anglo, Hispanic and Dine. – Francis Roe, author of Berlin Rules
Jackalope Ca$ino is a winning tale of greed, scams, and double-crosses that will have you racing to the last page… worth a movie deal. – R. Kresge, Amazon Review
Peck is a master of character description and Jackalope Ca$ino is splendid, characters fascinating… the end a great surprise, very cinematic. Peck’s readers… have really hit the jackpot. – S. Krippner, author of The Mythic Path
…great for a plane trip! – Barb Awalt, Viva New Mexico