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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (112 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert James Waller Narrator: Richard McGonagle Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The steady tick of an aged Regulator wall clock and the squeak of an overhead fan turning slowly are soft but insistent, counting down the night, while the high desert thrums like a half-remembered Victrola song. The sounds are below the consciousness of Winchell Dear, an old-time gambler, a Texas poker player on the southern circuit, as he waits for something . . . something vague that his life of chance tells him is evil and moving his way.

In Diablo Canyon, a distant part of Winchell Dear’s ranch, Peter Long Grass squats by a campfire, contemplating the profile he saw moving along the ridge of Guapa Mountain an hour ago, thinking about the gambler’s housekeeper, Sonia Dominguez, about the small, quiet world he has fashioned far from civilization and what undefined presence might now be threatening it. He gathers his tools and begins to run across the desert floor.

And boring toward all of them is a cream-colored Lincoln Continental with two men aboard. Traveling from Los Angeles on a mission they’ve been given, they are professionals, cool and implacable at the start but becoming steadily more confused by the strange landscape they are passing through. Forty minutes from their task, they ready themselves, while a kitchen wall clock ticks its way through the long night of Winchell Dear.

The Long Night of Winchell Dear finds master storyteller Robert James Waller at his best as he takes us into the shadowy world of high-stakes poker fought in the back rooms of Amarillo and Little Rock and headlong toward the story’s stunning finale of chaotic terror, where an unexpected hero emerges.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] concentrated tale of desert noir…Waller has dealt himself a hand of stereotypes, but he plays a sure and mesmerizing game, and reader takes all.”


  • “Waller…takes readers to the unforgiving terrain of south Texas…Waller’s fans will enjoy his take on the Old West meeting the New.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Waller successfully manages the intersecting arcs of these colorful characters as suspense builds…A rugged Texas tale well told.“

    Library Journal

  • “[A] distillation of several hard-bitten voices scratching out a living…Hard knocks in the high desert.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Richard McGonagle…moves the story along, capturing the essence of the characters and building the suspense. His warm voice adds richness to the listening experience in a top-notch performance.”


Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kendall | 1/19/2013

    " I suppose the world is divided into people who love Robert James Waller and those who don't. I'm of the latter persuasion. I thought this book was weakly plotted, a lot of digressions that didn't contribute to the story, and implausible plot twists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Trish | 1/1/2013

    " Not a big fan of Waller's, but the story was pretty interesting. A little bit of a ramble, but I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Fran | 12/9/2012

    " Like Cormac McCarthy but not as grim. Quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elaine | 12/7/2012

    " Rober James Waller has a knack for telling stories, but the thing that makes him one of my favorite authors is the fact that he has a way with words. He can take the simplest sentence and turn it into poetry! "

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