In Wiley's world, violence runs deep and loyalty runs even deeper. So when a prostitute named Miriam gets attached to the wrong guy, Wiley leaves the poker table, grabs his best friend, Leon, and starts looking for a way to shake her loose. Trouble is, the guy is a sociopathic pimp named Dookie who's on the lucky streak of a lifetime and who is starting to feel invincible.
Their quest takes Wiley and Leon to Vegas and L.A. — plus a few desolate, dangerous sports in between — until they reach a brutal, vicious showdown back on the streets of the Portland they all call home. To Wiley it's more clear than ever that the only things worth knowing are who's on your side and who's got your back. Wiley has emerged as one of the darkest yet most human characters in modern noir fiction, and Lono Waiwaiole has hit his stride in Wiley's Shuffle, a powerful second novel from a true talent.
Praise for WILEY'S SHUFFLE and the Wiley crime novels …
"Lono Waiwaiole's Wiley novels are the past and the future of hardboiled crime fiction … Buy this book." — Lee Child, author of Persuader
"Neo-noir spoken here, even more fluently than … Wiley's striking debut … .We may be watching the emergence of a major talent." — Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
"Prose so sharp you can't even feel the cut … . Neither Wiley, nor Waiwaiole, are to be missed!" — Greg Rucka, author of A Fistful of Rain
"WILEY'S SHUFFLE is the real deal." — Rick Riordan, Edgar, Anthony and Shamus award-winning author of the Tres Navarre series
"WILEY'S SHUFFLE puts Waiwaiole in the same league as Elroy, Leonard, and Lehane." — Lee Goldberg, two-time Edgar Award nominee, television writer and producer
Thick-skinned noir fans will enjoy Lono Waiwaiole's Wiley's Shuffle, his second suspense thriller to feature the eponymous Hawaiian tough guy (after 2003's Wiley's Lament), but others may be put off by the surfeit of degrading violence. Here Wiley rides to the rescue of Miriam, a hooker in thrall to a vicious pimp. The characters' often implausible actions, as well as Miriam's failure to get wise, may cause some head-scratching. Agent, Gina Maccoby.