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The Devil's Wind

By Richard Rayner

The Devil's Wind
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  • Hardcover: Feb 2005,
    338 pages.
    Paperback: Jan 2006,
    352 pages.

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Neo-noir novel set in 1950s Las Vegas

Summary: Set in 1950s Las Vegas, Rayner uses the unsettling realities beneath Vegas's glossy surfaces as symbols of a deeper and more sinister social corruption.  Maurice Valentine is being groomed by important people for big things. He's a noted Los Angeles architect whose commissions put him in contact with everyone from gangsters to politicians (and in Rayner's 1950s Los Vegas it's difficult to tell the two apart).   Valentine appears unstoppable until Mallory Walker, an heiress with a keen eye for architecture, enters his life; but he soon discovers that little about her is as it seems, and after she is apparently murdered, he is driven to solve the mystery of her true identity. 

Comment: Kirkus Reviews gives The Devil's Wind a starred review and Booklist says, "the real-life themes have been covered elsewhere...but Rayner stirs the ...

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