At the height of the sex, drugs and disco scene in early-80s New York, a young poker player thinks he can’t lose — until he does, finding himself in a no-win situation with the Mafia that forces him to commit unspeakable acts, all while looking for a way out....
|Title||:||Champagne and Cocaine: A Novel|
|Number of Pages||:||220 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Champagne and Cocaine: A Novel Reviews
This was another of the books that I bought in The Strand in NYC last December, and it was unfortunately the most disappointing. Set in the city in 1980, it tried too hard to situate itself with cultural references, and its characters were either underdeveloped or total clichés.
Was hanging out at my local watering hole, Kettle of Fish, one night and ended up chatting w/ the guy who published this book (his kid bartends there). He sold me on this book, and I have no regrets about reading it. It's a fun, sleazy tale about a former schoolteacher trying to make a living playing poker in underground games in 1980 NYC. Predictably, he ends up in debt to a mobster, and ends up doing jobs for another mobster buddy of his to try and dig out. Things go poorly, but it's a breezy read, and a fun look into a bygone era in the city. That said, anyone reading this for the poker scenes will be disappointed; there's not much play in the book. Vetere isn't a great writer, but I enjoyed the straightforward style.
Blew through it. Get it ? BC drugs. Good read- fascinating, quick, expected a stronger ending though ..
I received a copy of the book from a Goodreads giveaway. The story and plot was good, however, I didn't particularly like Vetere's writing style. It wasn't my normal type of book that I would enjoy even though I love a good thriller. I didn't like Danny or Lou or Charlie so basically none of the main characters.
Interesting story. I won this in a contest and it was a good read. Thank you!