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One-eyed Jacks

by Brad Smith

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At thirty-five, Tommy Cochrane is a washed-up boxer who missed out on a shot at the title and has hung up his gloves for good after he's diagnosed with an aneurysm. Down on his luck, he and T-Bone Pike, his friend and former sparring partner, head to Toronto on a quest for the $5000 Tommy desperately needs to buy back his grandfather's farm.

Tommy and T-Bone encounter a city full of gamblers and old memories: Fat Ollie, who runs the weekly poker game on Queen Street; Herm Bell, a sharp kid on a run of bad luck; Tony Broad, a small-time hood with big-time ambitions; and Lee Charles, a sharp-witted and cynical torch singer who happens to be Tommy's ex-girlfriend. The five grand ultimately becomes available to a number of these people in a number of ways—all at great risk to Tommy and T-Bone.

About the Author
Brad Smith was born and raised in southern Ontario. He has worked as a farmer, signalman, insulator, truck driver, bartender, schoolteacher, maintenance mechanic, roofer, and carpenter. He lives in an eighty-year-old farmhouse near the north shore of Lake Erie. Red Means Run, the first novel in his Virgil Cain series, was named among the Year’s Best Crime Novels by Booklist.
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