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The Devil's Tickets by Gary M. Pomerantz
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Jul 12, 2011 | ISBN 9781400051632

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“Bridge and murder, two of mankind’s most engrossing pursuits–in The Devil’s Tickets Gary Pomerantz intermingles both to create a crackling portrait of a vibrant past age and a singular moment when a bullet trumped all.”
—Erik Larson, author of the New York Times bestseller The Devil in the White City

“A great story, a real drama, a perfect window on American culture–and best of all, beautifully written with the lightest touch.”
—Susan Orlean,author of the New York Times bestseller The Orchid Thief

“Nowadays people tend to think of the game of bridge as old and somewhat fuddy-duddy, but once upon a time it was young and sexy. What a delight to read Gary M. Pomerantz’s engaging account of how all this got started.”
—Louis Sachar,author of the National Book Award winning Holes

“This remarkably entertaining tale reveals important truths about bridge, such as that the best players must check their egos at the door and that mental endurance and intimidation can be pivotal. But it also reveals truths about life, such as that women need a venue where they can compete with men and that a rare confluence of social factors can create men like Ely Culberston, who was only too happy to be Johnny-on-the-spot when there was money to be made or fame to be won. Anyone who’s played bridge, or ever been the least bit curious about the game’s appeal, will love this book.”
–Bob Hamman, eleven-time bridge world champion

“Masterfully reported, beautifully written, and all but impossible to put down.”
—Jonathan Eig, author of the New York Times bestseller Luckiest Man

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