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The Ivory Coastby Charles Fleming
Synopses & Reviews
It is Las Vegas in 1955, and plans are underway to construct the first all-black casino on the city's ghettoized West Side. When a gifted white trumpeter named Deacon rolls into town, the city's powerful casino-owner Mo the Man Weiner mistakenly asks Deacon to perform a hit on a messenger from Los Angeles. The suitcase that the messenger holds will embroil Deacon in a web of conflicting interests, rivalries and double-crosses. Worthless Worthington Jones is the ex-boxer who plans to open the black casino, with the silent help of Mo Weiner. Haney is the vicious and feared head of police, who will stop at nothing to find the missing luggage. And Anita is the beautiful truck-stop waitress with a secret, with whom Deacon falls desperately in love with.
As the Ivory Coast casino approaches its grand opening on the final Sunday of May, a sprawling drama will unfold, culminating on opening night.
A suspenseful first novel of remarkable imagination, scope, and energy, The Ivory Coast is impossible to ignore, and once begun, impossible to put down.
With "The Ivory Coast, " aJformer writer for "Newsweek" and "Variety" pens an epic debut novel about Las Vegas in the '50s and the dreamers, crooks, and lovers caught in its glare.
A terrific story from a talented storyteller.
About the Author
Charles Fleming is a veteran entertainment industry reporter and the author of After Havana (Minotaur, January 2004), as well as The New York Times bestselling The Goomba's Guide to Life and High Concept: Don Simpson and the Hollywood Culture of Excess.
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