THE LONG CHANCE by David Mark

THE LONG CHANCE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

...which turns out to be a ""long weekend"" through the opening day at the Jamaica track follows Evan Loeser backwards and forwards through the gambling passion that dominates him to the point of near madness. A boy of great promise determined on acting, his weaknesses are known to his Mom -- and are the cause of her death; malnutrition brings him to Ruth, whom he marries; an office party, in which he plays the fool introduces him to Carol; Rick, his money and his love for horses, puts Katy in his life -- and he cheats, robs, lies and playacts for all of them for the sake of the kill -- that never comes, except in tantalizing dribbles. This opening day of a new season is his chance to redeem -- debts, the windup of his marriage, his relation with Carol -- and himself, and as his bets go wrong, right, and totally wrong he is on his way out to a night of more lies, crazed attempts to borrow, grandiose plans -- and a return to the track the next morning on stolen money.....If horse players can read anything else, this is their book for the uninitiate will find the technicalities muddy; the psychological angles are easier following for the conditioned reader.

Pub Date: Sept. 28th, 1955
Publisher: Messner