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All or Nothing (Paperback): Preston L Allen

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Preston L Allen

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A gambler's hands and heart perpetually tremble in this raw story of addiction. "We gamble to gamble. We play to play. We don't play to win." Right there, P, desperado narrator of this crash-'n'-burn novella, sums up the madness. A black man in Miami, P has graduated from youthful nonchalance (a '79 Buick Electra 225) to married-with-a-kid pseudo-stability, driving a school bus in the shadow of the Biltmore. He lives large enough to afford two wide-screen TVs, but the wife wants more. Or so he rationalizes, as he hits the open-all-night Indian casinos, "controlling" his jones with a daily ATM maximum of $1,000. Low enough to rob the family piggy bank for slot-machine fodder, he sinks yet further, praying that his allergic 11-year-old eat forbidden strawberries - which will send him into a coma, from which he'll emerge with the winning formula for Cash 3 (the kid's supposedly psychic when he's sick). All street smarts and inside skinny, the book gives readers a contact high that zooms to full rush when P scores $160,000 on one lucky machine ("God is the God of Ping-ping," he exults, as the coins flood out). The loot's enough to make the small-timer turn pro, as he heads, flush, to Vegas to cash in. But in Sin City, karmic payback awaits. Swanky hookers, underworld "professors" deeply schooled in sure-fire systems to beat the house, manic trips to the CashMyCheck store for funds to fuel the ferocious need - Allen's brilliant at conveying the hothouse atmosphere of hell-bent gaming. Fun time in the Inferno. (Kirkus Reviews)
'All or Nothing' is an honest account of what it's like to live as a gambler. Allen digs beneath the veneer to explore the gambler's unique and complex relationship with money.


Imprint: Akashic Books,U.S.
Country of origin: United States
Release date: December 2007
First published: November 2007
Authors: Preston L Allen
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 20mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 300
ISBN-13: 978-1-933354-41-5
Categories: Books > Fiction > General & literary fiction > Modern fiction
LSN: 1-933354-41-0
Barcode: 9781933354415

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