A 2019 Dashiell Hammett Prize Winner!Publishers Weekly Top 10 Mysteries for Spring 2019 There has never been a better time for revenge. One-time socialite Maud Warner polishes up the rags ...

About The Author

Jane Stanton Hitchcock

Jane Stanton Hitchcock is a New York Times bestselling author, playwright, and screenwriter. Best known for her mystery novels (Trick of the Eye, The Witches' Hammer, Social Crimes, One Dangerous Lady, and Mortal Friends), Jane is also an avid poker ...

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“With the heart-pounding suspense of a high-stakes poker game, Bluff is a vivid, compelling novel about deceit, seduction, and delicious revenge that will have you spellbound and cheering as you turn the last page.”

Susan Cheever, author of Home Before Dark and Treetops

“Jane Hitchcock pulls off another stunning tour de force in her newest crime novel, Bluff. Nobody writes high society and its down-low denizens better than Hitchcock—and this book is her best yet. It’s all in the cards—and it’s masterful.”

Linda Fairstein, New York Times bestselling author

“Jane Stanton Hitchcock’s Bluff is the royal flush of suspense novels! The queen of both writing and poker aces it again!”

Linda Kenney Baden, celebrated attorney, legal commentator, and author

“This delicious novel of sweet revenge reveals, with wit and stylish vigor, a world—New York high society—that the author clearly knows intimately.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Hitchcock pokes fun at the gossipy upper class, at the verbal tics of crass hangers-on, at the street-smart capability of former strippers and former advertising executives alike. The biggest takeaway: He who underestimates women of a certain age certainly does so at his own peril. Frothy fun with a backbone of feminist steel; as quick-moving and intricate as any heist movie.”

Kirkus Reviews

“The axiom ‘write what you know’ deliciously foretells this poker-themed thriller…A smartly plotted upper-crust caper.”


“It’s not necessary to be a poker fan or to know anything about the flop, the turn, or the river to go all in and thoroughly enjoy the unsavory characters and the several shifting plot twists of Hitchcock’s Bluff. There is a great deal of fun in this rollicking read.”

Mystery Scene Magazine

Bluff was a lovely read with a unique setting and intriguing characters…The whole crime is a game of poker right to the end. It’s intriguing just how closely linked every movement is, and how Maud knows exactly what hand she needs to deal. It’s not just the characters who are bluffed. Readers will be too.”

Reviewing the Evidence

“This is a wickedly witty (or wittily wicked, whichever alliterative phrase you prefer) tale. Just as in poker you don’t want people to know your hand, it turns out Maud is holding some cards she hasn’t at first revealed, and these are doozies. You will be rooting for her and for some of the other women characters. I think you will find Bluff a most satisfying reading adventure.”

PCA, Mystery & Detective Fiction