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God Doesnt Shoot Craps: A Divine Comedy
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?What can advertising scams, dice systems and topless dancers teach us about the nature of the universe? Read God Doesn't Shoot Craps and find out...A wildly entertaining yarn that will have you laughing out loud and pondering the eternal mysteries at the same time.? --Brian Rouff, Dice Angel and Money Shot
Can you take two losing outcomes and combine them into a winning system? That's the theory behind Parrando's Paradox, an actual breakthrough in math and physics that just may hold the key to beating the casinos.
This hilarious and thoughtful novel follows Danny Pellegrino, a successful junk mail con man content to scam the average Joe. That is, until he sells a ?bogus? craps system through the mail--only to discover, too late, that it really works.
Soon, Danny Pellegrino is off to build a fortune without letting the world know about it. But when he discovers that his new formula holds the key to much more than gambling, all bets are off, and even the nature of existence is up for grabs.
"After years of peddling profitable direct-mail get-rich-quick schemes to gullible customers, divorced, middle-aged grifter Danny Pellegrino finds himself scrambling for a new angle in Armstrong's absorbing if woodenly written debut. He goes into business with rich, aging inventor Virgil Kirk, the spiritually inclined author of a supposedly foolproof craps gambling system based on a mathematical principle called Win by Losing. Only after Danny launches a junk-mail effort does he secretly discover Virgil's system to be a gold mine. Wanting the jackpot for himself, Danny sends out apology letters to potential customers, deceives Virgil and eludes postal service fraud attorney Richard Goldman and David Invidia, a disillusioned Atlantic City casino host. Once word gets out about the easy money to be made using Virgil's system, mobsters want in, and they want Danny out — for good. A dash for the bright lights of Sin City puts Danny in hot water, but not for long, as mob royalty and government forces tangle with one another instead of Danny. The novel's madcap chicanery, gaming systems theorizing and casino settings will make it entertaining distraction for hopeful high rollers flying Jet Blue to Vegas." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Richard Armstrong is about a junk-mail con man who sells a "bogus" craps system through the mail--only to discover, too late, that it realty works, holding the key to much more than gambling, even the nature of existence is up for grabs.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy meets Bringing Down the House.
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