The underlying theme of this novel is the interests that have equal potential to complete or destroy us. Whether it's another person, a hobby or a faith, each of us has consuming passions that, if left unexplored, would leave us unfulfilled; if explored too thoroughly, though, they could jeopardize everything else we hold dear. It's a delicate balance. Poker is the telescope used here to explore this universal tension, and the game is used throughout the novel as a catalyst for change, conflict and character development. 316 pages, paperbound, 2008.