Johnny’s having a bad day. The worst, actually. A sales rep for a food-service company, he’s at the top of his game and usually enjoys his job. But today, he just lost out on his company’s prestigious sales award (the bad news delivered by his smug, egomaniacal boss), he’s trying to rebound from losing two key accounts, his customers won’t pay, and to top it off, he catches his long-term girlfriend cheating on him in his own bed.
So when his worst customer, a world-class, sleazy jerk named Bernie Jacks, yanks Johnny’s business at Mother’s Café, Johnny reaches his boiling point. Bernie accidentally leaves a bag full of cash unattended, and Johnny knows it’s time to take the money and run…
With a plan to wash the stolen money by betting on everything from sports to blackjack, and with Bernie and his behemoth mother soon on his trail, Johnny embarks on an adventure in Sin City full of loudmouthed Vegas partiers, a sage, mysterious gambler, bickering tourists, sweet waitresses, a drunken bachelorette party, an annoying pop star, Russian mobsters, and an escort with a heart of gold. Can this pissed-off, cheated-on, mistreated regular guy pull off the ultimate win—and get away with it? Will the Vegas trip land Johnny in more hot water, or will his brush with stolen money leave him with a clean start?
When the cards are stacked against you, sometimes the only play you have left is to
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After graduating from Winona State University with a B.S. in Business Administration, Bruce Wessell lived and worked in several Midwestern states. His love of travel and new challenges also led him to pursue career opportunities in South Korea and China. He currently resides in Iowa where he was born and raised. Double Down is his first novel.