*****Riveting, exciting & moving story....hard to put down!!" ~ NC Vintner, review February 2012
"....mesmerizing historical fiction.... Bravo!" ~ The Kindle Book Review
ABOUT DUTCHING THE BOOK:
He devised a system to beat the track in the 1930's and, a lifetime later, was crowned the best horseplayer in the country. What happened in between was the real story.
Dutching the Book is an American epic about the tests of friendship and a man's quest to be the best horseplayer in a world that is close to us all but few have penetrated successfully; horse racing and gambling. Four friends, family men with a penchant for gambling, stepped over the line because they had an advantage--they had Ben Collesano. He looked for an edge, found it, and bent the rules and when the rules changed, he bent them again. Based on real people and events over several decades, Dutching the Book is a tribute to those who really lived it.
Late 1930's Brooklyn, the Great Depression had almost gone. Ben's can't-lose scheme didn't--until the racetrack shut him down. Now, over twenty years later, a NYC fireman, he would be tested once again but this time the stakes were much higher.
ADDITIONAL REVIEWS:"Gaiti does an admirable job of capturing the electric dynamism of horseracing..." ~Kirkus Reviews, February, 2012 "...very entertaining and easy to read. I couldn't wait to see what happened next." ~ Tina W. Martin, review January, 2012
Ben stepped up for a friend's debt and put himself and his family in jeopardy. Decades ago, he had given up gambling for Kitty, but now it was her or the track. He had other choices, just not good ones. But the bookies wanted more from Ben than money, something he wasn't willing to give, and they threatened his family. Now he owed them a different kind of payback--he beat them at their own game once, could he do it again?
But this was not a game; this was about surviving, this was about family. He needed more than every skill he could muster; he need luck, something he never counted on. And he couldn't do this alone; he needed his friends: Sandy, the lawyer and charismatic ladies' man; Willie, the nine-fingered gas station owner who would give his life for Ben and almost did; and Bull, a pugilistic fireman, who was married three times, to the same woman. With everything on the line, their character and loyalty would be tested. And he would be shocked at the result.
"The story is well written, and the characters really draw you in." ~ Lyda Alexander, review January, 2012"I raced to the finish and never looked back." ~ K. Friend review January, 2012
Dutching the Book is about the tests of lifelong friendship, family, gambling and a man's quest to pursue a dream. It is about four friends, as different as friends could be, yet bound together by a loyalty that endured through decades. The epic, which was based on real people and actual events over several decades, redefined horseracing and is a tribute to the people who really lived it.
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Dutching the Book is an American epic about the tests of friendship and family over several decades and a one man's quest to be the best horseplayer in the game. Based on real people and events.This is about a world that many of us touch, but don't go inside. But these guys were inside--they bent the rules and when the rules changed--they bent them again. The book is been based on interviews and personal contact I had with those that were still with us. This is a tribute to the guys who really lived it--I knew them all.About the Author:
Ritch Gaiti, author, artist, and an alumnus of Wall Street, has written novels, screenplays and many magazine articles and has been featured on national radio and TV, including an appearance on the Today Show. Ritch focuses on telling compelling stories and writes in several genres from humor to drama, both non-fiction and fiction. DUTCHING THE BOOK is his first venture into quasi-fiction and is a tribute to the people who really lived it. Ritch Gaiti’s published books: ·DUTCHING THE BOOK (February, 2012) A NYC fireman schemes a way to beat the track in an American classic of four lifelong friends, betrayal, gambling, romance and the best horseplayer to ever play the game. ·TWEET, (Sedona Editions, 2011), humorous fiction about one average guy who changes the world because he didn’t know that he couldn’t. Recently, Tweet, has been optioned for a feature film. ·POINTS: WOMEN HAVE THEM, MEN NEED THEM (Running Press, 2008), a humorous non-fiction relationship book (under the pseudonym I. Glebe). He is also a recognized artist focusing on depicting the ethereal west in another time, another place. He exhibits across the U.S. in several galleries and museums. His artwork can be viewed on www.gaiti.com.
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Book Description Sedona Editions, 2012. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0983383723
Book Description Sedona Editions, 2012. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 356 pages. 8.50x5.50x0.81 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 0983383723