THE PICASSO FLOP, the poker mystery I co-authored with WPT moderator Vince Van Patten, is now available on Amazon--and soon on Barnes & Noble--from Crossroad Press. It's the first book in the "Jimmy Spain" poker series, which was initially published in 2007 by the Mysterious Press. Before the book could make it to paperback, however, Warner Books was purchased by Hatchette, who then discontinued the Mysterious Press imprint.
Now the book is back as an ebook and also available as a POD trade paperback.
Critics have said:
The Barnes & Noble Review
With the colorful, neon-lit casinos of Vegas as a backdrop, Vince Van Patten and Robert J. Randisi's The Picasso Flop blends the world of high-stakes professional poker with murder, mystery, and masterful manipulation.
Paul Goat Allen
Van Patten possesses the hard-boiled, professional writing skills of Robert J. Randisi; this first in the projected "Texas Hold 'em" series is a winner.
“Finally, a book that shows the drama and excitement of the poker world, plus adds an edgy yet humorous murder twist. I’m hooked!”
“A straight flush winner . . . the poker world told so well . . . I could not put it down.
Mike Sexton, The World Poker Tour
“Vince Van Patten draws an ace, teaming up with Robert J. Randisi on THE PICASSO FLOP. Whether you’re a poker fiend or a mystery fan, you’ve drawn the perfect hand in this exciting new thriller.
Max Allan Collins, best-selling author of ROAD TO PERDITION.
The book will be followed by the previously unpublished sequel, THE JUDGMENT FOLD.