High Hand
Phillips is on a roll…Chainey is tough, sexy, smart, and thoroughly charismatic–sort of a Pam Grier for the new millennium. Phillips effectively uses the cartoon appeal of the best blaxploitation flicks but overlays it with three-dimensional characters living in an all-too-real world. There’s also some fascinating historical material about black Las Vegas in the ’50s and ’60s. A fine debut in the hip, hard-boiled tradition.

— Bill Ott, Booklist


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