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Crime Fiction

The Girl From Blind River

We love supporting debut authors. Congrats, Gale Massey, on your first novel!

by Gale Massey

Quick take

A small-town crime story about a young poker phenom and the lengths she’ll go to protect those she loves.

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  • Psychological

  • Family Drama

  • Rural

Why I love it

There have been dozens of great novels about the fleeting highs of gambling—BOTM has even featured one before, recommended by none other than the great Anthony Bourdain. Most of those books feature the usual bluffs and tells, big money and big losses. This month, we’re offering a story that includes all that and a little more: a blue-collar tale of backroom card games, small-town politicking...


Everyone says the Elders family members are nothing but cheats, thieves, and convicts―a fact 19-year-old Jamie Elders has been trying desperately to escape. She may have the natural talent of a poker savant, but her dreams of going pro and getting the hell out of the tiny town of Blind River, New York, are going nowhere fast. Especially once she lands in a huge pile of debt to her uncle Loyal.

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