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The St. Charles House, by Stephen Banister - Trade Paperback
The St. Charles House, by Stephen Banister - Trade Paperback
ISBN 978-0-9819866-3-0
Price $15.95
 ($17.27 tax incl.)

A rollicking, irreverent rock & roll murder mystery set in the famous--and infamous--6th Street party district in Austin, Texas. This is the first novel in Banister's series chronicling the mis-adventures of poker-playing, wise-cracking slacker sleuth Emerson "Tuck" Tucker, his side-kick, Pig Dog, and their odd assortment of cronies.

   Sixth Street in Austin, Texas, is notorious for its party atmosphere and its strange goings-on, but things get just a little too strange when bartender Anthony Court takes a terminal swan dive off the roof of the St. Charles House Hotel. When easygoing Emerson "Tuck" Tucker, who won the old residence hotel/office building in a poker game, starts to clear out his recently deceased tenant's apartment, he finds a large stash of cocaine hidden in a brass spittoon and an AR-15 rifle cached behind a concealed panel.

   The cops maintain that Court's death was a suicide, but Tuck thinks different. Drugs and guns aren't that hard to find on Sixth Street, but what he found was more coke than your average bartender would have, and way too much rifle. Tuck can't leave the question of Court's death alone.

   When he starts to nose around, someone breaks into his apartment in the St. Charles House and puts a bullet into Pig Dog, his beloved, if somewhat socially challenged, golden retriever. As a warning and a threat, shooting a Texan's dog is just about as effective as drawing to an inside straight. The people responsible are about to find out just how rough a poker-playing slacker of a good-old boy can play their game.

Be sure to check out Tuck and Pig Dog's second adventure, Cerveza, Texas.

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