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Five random excerpts from “Wanna Get Lucky?,” by Deborah Coonts

Forge Books, $25

"As her final act on this earth, Lyda Sue Stalnaker plummeted out of a Las Vegas helicopter and landed smack in the middle of the pirates’ lagoon in front of the Treasure Island Hotel, disrupting the 8:30 p.m. pirate show." (Page 1)

"Mona was only 15 when I was conceived." (Page 82)

“I grew up in a whorehouse. A girl learns to protect herself pretty quick. First time I broke a guy’s nose, I also broke my hand. Used my elbow ever since.”

“Wow.” (Page 189)

"My hands found his bare chest. I let them roam with a freedom I hadn’t indulged before." (Page 293)

"Teddie took my hand and led me to the elevators. 'A naked man, duct tape around his member, a trapeze, rope, how’d you get so lucky?'" (Page 352)

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