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After proving his innocence as a murder suspect, taking down an assassin, and being an instrumental part in solving a high profile murder, Calvin Watters believes he can finally move on—until Ace Sanders’ prison escape catapults him into action.

Something has always bothered Detective Dale Dayton about the arrest of Ace Sanders. Call it police intuition, but his inner ‘cop alarm’ keeps twitching. When Dale reopens the case, he’s introduced to new evidence that leads him into a political nightmare.

While Calvin tracks Sanders across continents and into unknown, unfriendly surroundings, Dale remains in Vegas to uncover the truth behind police corruption, prison escapes, and hired assassins. But Calvin and Dale must be vigilant, because there’s a deadly new player in town.

International bestselling author Luke Murphy spent some time with The Big Thrill discussing his latest novel, WILD CARD:

What do you hope readers will take away from this book?

I hope that they are entertained, and satisfied that questions they still had from book one are revealed in WILD CARD.

Was there anything new you discovered, or that surprised you, as you wrote this book?

I learned a lot about South America from my research.

No spoilers, but what can you tell us about your book that we won’t find in the jacket copy or the PR material?

Half of the novel is set in South America.

What authors or books have influenced your career as a writer, and why?

James Patterson – love the style and pace of his novels.

Michael Connelly – the humor his characters display.

Greg Iles – his attention to detail.


Luke Murphy is the International bestselling author of Dead Man’s Hand (Imajin Books, 2012) and Kiss & Tell (Imajin Books, 2015).

Murphy played six years of professional hockey before retiring in 2006. His sports column, “Overtime” (Pontiac Equity), was nominated for the 2007 Best Sports Page in Quebec, and won the award in 2009. He has also worked as a radio journalist (CHIPFM 101.7).

Murphy lives in Shawville, QC with his wife, three daughters and a pug. He is a teacher who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and a Bachelor of Education (Magna Cum Laude).

WILD CARD, a sequel to Dead Man’s Hand, is Murphy’s third novel.

For more information on Luke and his books, visit his website, ‘like’ his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter.