Franklin Dixon shares the same name as the author of the old Hardy Boys novels. Franklin is himself, a published author but that was years ago. His most recent efforts have yielded virtually nothing from editors and publishers and even his own agent is refusing to take his calls. He has a third novel he is trying to get published entitled “Dead On Arrival”. It’s the perfect title for a book that no one, not even his wife, can get further than the first few pages. Perhaps no one can read it because it has lines like this “so one day his wife, with the two kids in the back, drove her car off a cliff; hilarity and hi-jinx ensue.”
All is not lost for Franklin as he has recently discovered the joys of playing online poker at pokergalaxy.com. Playing with the screen name, Chip Zero, Franklin thrives on the escapism that his time on pokergalaxy provides him. It is another world, far removed from the “know-nothing” elitism of the book world. Furthermore, Franklin “Chip” discovers he is good at playing poker. In fact, he is very good. In a matter of months he has run several hundred dollars to over $500,000 in winnings.
It isn’t just the winning at poker that Dixon enjoys. He has come to know and like many of his online opponents. They chat online in between hands and get to be friends. He soon finds that the folks behind the avatars at the poker table seem more worthy of his time and affection than the people he knows in real life. Franklin develops deep crushes on some of the online women he encounters at the tables. In an effort to bring the online folks into his world, a few of them embark on a hilarious road trip to Vegas. Pocket Kings definitely gets your attention and when his online nemesis, Bjorn 2 Win, the Swedish horse butcher comes to America to try and win back the money he has lost to Chip, the hilarity and hi-jinx come to a conclusion.
Ted Heller is an excellent writer and that should be no surprise to anyone as he is the son of Joseph Heller of Catch-22 fame. I totally enjoyed reading Pocket Kings and have awarded it **** four stars