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The Long Night of Winchell Dear

Robert James Waller

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. From the Compact Disc edition.

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. From the Compact Disc edition.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

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. From the Compact Disc edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Richard McGonagle

Length:

4h 3m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:01


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:49


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:45


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:17


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

02:58


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:55


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:13


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:05


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

02:55


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

01:59


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:31


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:00


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:19


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:22


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:30


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:32


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:15


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

02:45


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:06


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:10


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:20


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:37


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:16


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:38


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:25


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:56


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:38


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:34


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:26


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:30


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:58


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:54


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:04


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:23


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

01:16


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:27


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:03


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:49


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

02:27


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

02:53


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:39


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:47


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:46


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:53


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:28


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:14


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:30


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

02:19


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:02


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:48


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:05


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:13


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:16


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:58


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

02:23


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:42


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:52


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

02:56


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

01:59


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

01:42


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

02:07


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

02:59


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

02:09


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:31


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:13


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:07