Dead Man's Hand is an excellent read. Vegas the second destination in Octavia's journey to finding answers about the man she loved. Visiting a job site where her old boss is to question him, she puts Bacon into the doggy daycare they have onsite for the employees. I can just see some of there big muscle head guys with these tiny little dogs(makes me laugh). In the midst of talking and working there is a crispy not so good smelling dead guy. She sneaks into the amalance to bring this guy back to get answers from. And lets just say the distraction that she makes to get them all out of there without being seen is hilarious and I laughed out loud really hard.
Octavia is what I have been looking for in a character, funny, badass, and all around great! The journey she is embarking on is one not for the faint of heart. It is bringing up a lot of her past and what she was trying to run from. She is embracing who she is, and realizing she is a badass that doesn't need to hide from who she is or what she is. Stacey Rourke is the best when it comes to character development and world development. I have said it once but I will continue to say it when she can transport you into the story and you feel like you are watching a movie and not just simply reading words off a page.
By the end of Dead Man's Hand you are nowhere near getting answers as to why the man she loves was taken away from her, but you do get another sinpet of information that sets her on the next leg of her journey. This books does have a rollercoaster of emotion but I highly recommend reading it. You will not be disappointed in the slightest. I am very much looking forward to book 3!