Todd Mason will gather the links next Friday. Thanks, Todd.
Ed Gorman is the author of the Sam McCain and Dev Conrad series of crime fiction. You can find him here.
Hardboiled America, Geoffrey O'Brien
Bob, the Gambler, Frederick Barthelme (Patti Abbott)
Taking its title from the famous French film and its subject matter from Barthelme's real life (as he would later document in DOUBLE DOWN when his brother Stephen stands in for Jewel) this is the story of a couple that becomes seduced by the glitz and excitement of gambling, quickly moving from slots to high stakes gambling.
Ray is one of the world's worst gamblers however.
How can you not get drawn into it with the first sentences: "What I'd always liked about Biloxi was the decay, the things falling apart, the crap along the beach, the skeletons of abandoned hotels, the trashy warehouses and rundown piers jutting out into the dirty water so I wasn't thrilled that in the last five years our dinky coast town had been turned into an outlet-mall version of Las Vegas....
Ray and his wife, Jewel, take the trip down the rabbit hole of gambling. Sometimes the book is funny, sometimes scary (they have a kid) but always a pleasure to read. If you prefer non-fiction, DOUBLE DOWN is equally wonderful.
Elisabeth Grace Foley
Steve Lewis/Dan Stumpf
Kevin Tipple/Barry Ergang