Description: Giorgio, a 22-year-old trainee lawyer, becomes the pupil of Francesco, who exerts a strange fascination over men & women alike, & he teaches Giorgio how to cheat at cards. Their gambling exploits take them from luxurious villas to low dives, their victims ranging from rich industrialists to human flotsam.
Opening: SHE’S ALONE, LEANING on the bar, drinking fruit juice. There’s a black leather bag on the floor by her feet, and for some reason that’s the thing that really draws my attention.
Withdrawn from East Riding of Yorkshire LIS. The story is set in Bari, which is halfway twixt boot heel and spur on the east coast.
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