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Latest in a long line of literary architects comes 'Bob the Gambler', a Texan who gambles his life away at the blackjack tables one night, but finds spiritual redemption in the process. The novel's author, Frederick Barthelme, once worked in an architect's office.

Apart from his book, his other claim to fame is to have been arrested with his brother - for cheating at the blackjack tables in the Grand Casino at Biloxi, Mississippi. In their defence, their lawyer is claiming that they lost about $70,000 when the offence allegedly took place, so 'they obviously didn't do a very good job at cheating'. Only in America . . .

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