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The Gambler and the Bug Boy


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This story brings to light a little-known but fascinating horse racing scandal.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - The Gambler Chapter 2 - The Bug Boy Chapter 3 - The Goose Girl Chapter 4 - Synod Chapter 5 - Whichcee Chapter 6 - Sporting Women Chapter 7 - The Biltmore Hotel Chapter 8 - Buron Chapter 9 - Kandahar Chapter 10 - Pinkus and Omelet Chapter 11 - English Harry Chapter 12 - Testa Chapter 13 - Gate Breakin' Adair Chapter 14 - Ned and Scotty Chapter 15 - Get Giesler Chapter 16 - The Big Shots Chapter 17 - The Dictograph Machine Chapter 18 - The Fateful Day Chapter 19 - The Percentage Chapter 20 - July 4, 1946


About the Author

John Christgau (1934-2018) is the author of several works, including The Origins of the Jumpshot: Eight Men Who Shook the World of Basketball, and Tricksters in the Madhouse: Lakers vs. Globetrotters, 1948, both available in Bison Books editions.


"Christgau is skilled at making memorable characters from his subjects... History-minded handicappers will find much to appreciate." - Publishers Weekly "One could almost think that this entertaining work by Christgau ... is a novel if it weren't for the 40 pages of citations at the back... Recommended ... for those enjoying character-driven historical true crime." - Library Journal "Christgau tells this true crime story with skill, providing plenty of intrigue and suspense, and reminding anyone interested in racing why 'suspicion [is] as much a part of horse racing as hope.'" - Laurie A. Sterling, Aethlon "In his customary fashion, John Christgau has spun an engrossing tale, rich in salient detail and peopled with memorable characters. From the starting gate to the finish line, The Gambler and the Bug Boy is a winner." - Jay Feldman, author of When the Mississippi Ran Backwards "This fascinating story of gambling and corruption has not yet been told. Fortunately, John Christgau brings the title characters into light and sets the stage effectively... [A] well-researched piece that recounts a great story of intrigue in a place filled with mystery." - True West

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