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Dirty Poker: The Poker Underworld Exposed
Dirty Poker: The Poker Underworld Exposed
by Richard Marcus
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fact or Fiction?, 21 Jan. 2007
Richard Marcus is the self styled World's greatest casino cheat and rose to fame through the publication of his first book, American Roulette which was the story behind his casino scamming over a significant amount of time. This book in itself is well worth a read with some fascinating anecdotes.

Dirty Poker is a continuance of the first book but concentrates on all types of Poker and is largely stories of Poker scams going back many years, including collusion between top players in major tournaments and how internet poker is rigged amongst other things.

Again, this was a book I really enjoyed although there is something at the back of my mind which thinks there is an element of literary license in this book. Throughout, very few names are given and the stories are surrounded by tales of mystery men. However, Marcus does have a gift for telling a tale and the segment on internet poker cheating has a ring of truth about it. In fact, I get the feeling all of it is true to some extent but has been embellished to make the story interesting. In this regard he has succeeded. Well worth a read.

The Colour Of Law (A. Scott Fenney)
The Colour Of Law (A. Scott Fenney)
by Mark Gimenez
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable, 21 Jan. 2007
If you like legal books in the John Grisham mould then you will love this debut novel.

I was immediately hooked from reading the prologue and read the whole book in one sitting.

The story is about a selfish, greedy, Dallas hotshot corporate lawyer who has everything and will step on anyone to get more until one day he is forced to take a case against his will/wishes by a manipulative judge. His initial reaction is to refuse and attempt to wiggle his way out of the case as he is forced to defend a black, heroin addict prostitute for the murder of the son of the next likely president of the US.

He has to weigh up if he is willing to sacrifice everything he holds dear: lifestyle/money/social standing/family/ferrari etc etc against his belief in justice (which he hasn't actually practiced since becoming a lawyer). Should he refuse the case thereby taking on the wrath of the judge or take it and endure the wrath of his partners and also knowing the father of the deceased will be prepared to test his resolve at every stage?

A very enjoyable book that covers race discrimination, money obsessed lawyers and a yes/no decision that will change both the lawyers and defendants life's forever, whichever way the decision comes down.

I don't really want to go into any more detail although I am sure my comments does not give the book justice - it was unputdownable!!

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