Strip Poker Book Summary and Study Guide

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St. Martin's, Nov 2001, 23.95, 272 pp.
ISBN: 0312262590

    Sierra Lavatoni works at the Tiffany Gentleman's Club, a high priced strip joint in which the ladies do not provide extracurricular service to the customers. Sierra is actually an exotic dancer who affectionately treats the girls and the club's owner Vincent Gambuzzo as her children. Life at the serene club turns nasty when a back room poker game incites the murder of one of the participants and the police charge Vincent with the crime.
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    Before the homicide occurred, Vincent signed over the club's ownership as collateral to Mike Riggs, a charter boat captain in Panama City. Mike lowers the standards renaming the joint Big Mike's House of Booty. Most of the women quit, but Sierra temporary remains to learn the identity of who framed Vincent.

    Between a gangster who wants her and a police officer that loves her, Sierra runs from relationships because she knows men leave. This makes her vulnerable and sympathetic to the audience when she dives into her investigation. Readers will like her and root for her, hoping she obtains whatever her heart's desires. It is very amusingly to observe Sierra try to not get killed while on the case. Nancy Bartholomew ties everything up with a bow except for one critical personal question that will leave the audience coveting the next novel in this series quite soon.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   50% Kind of investigator    -   hard boiled/private eye Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards lover Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   small businessman


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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