Timothy Waverly, an ex-con and ambitious card shark, is up to his ears in trouble in Las Vegas as he becomes involved in an ingenious basketball point-shaving scam and matches wits with a calculating psychopath, with his sister's life at stake.
From the dust jacket: Timothy Waverly's latest escapade finds the disgraced would-be professor, ex-con, and professional gambler just where you'd expect him to be: in Vegas. Using his counting skills, he's trying to build a pile at all the best blackjack tables, keeping one quick move ahead of the casino watchdogs. Fate, however, is about to deal Timothy Waverly a tricky hand. First he stumbles across a basketball point-shaving scam, but the trouble really begins when his sister turns up. The naive Valerie has befriended Ignatius 'Eggs' La Revere, a brilliantly calculating psychopath who steals for profit but maims and kills for the sheer fun of it. When Eggs learns of the fixed games, he sees his shot a a really big score. If it takes a killing to make a killing, that's just fine with him.
At this point Waverly realizes he's up to his jugular in complications. WiTh Valerie's life thrown into the pot like a jinxed poker chip, he's forced to play a bloody game of fast-shuffling with the ice-cold Eggs, who has the Deck stacked with deceit and death. It's a win-or-die showdown."