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Gambling on Magic

Gambling on Magic

Author(s): Christopher G Moore

Location(s): Bangkok, Las Vegas, Nevada

Genre(s): Thriller

Era(s): 1990s and flashbacks to first half 20th Century



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Gambling on Magic is set in Bangkok where life is more than good for Joey Balfour, ex-patriot gambling king, former TV personality, and the current owner of the mysterious and exotic Feng Shui Flower Shop in downtown Bangkok. Then ex-chief of security arrives in Bangkok to reopen an old unsolved Las Vegas casino theft. The thief has disappeared in Thailand and the conventional wisdom has it that Balfour holds the key to tracking him down. Caught in a web of deception and betrayal, Balfour discovers that other forces – more sinister and deadly – are slowly entangling him. The stakes are high, the odds are long, and for his greatest gamble, Balfour bets his own life on winning. Set in the steamy, erotic underworld of Bangkok, Gambling On Magic is a thinking person’s thriller and a brilliant literary portrait of contemporary life inside Southeast Asia’s most famous city. The rogue’s gallery of whacky, wonderful, and original characters will stick with you long after you finish this page-turner.

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Full of intrigue and absolutely evocative of Bangkok, where most of the story is set. And a look at the world of gambling. Bowls along well. – Lazer reads –

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