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Published: 1951
Language: English
Wordcount: 8,789 / 32 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 87.8
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 8,948
Added to site: 2007.11.19 19099

There are lots of things that are considered perfectly acceptable ... provided they don't work. And of course everyone knows they really don't, which is why they're acceptable....

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ontained three dozen of the little gadgets.

Then I sat down to wait. By noon, Judge Grannis had issued the writ of habeas corpus, and, rather than release Jason Howley, the police had booked him, and District Attorney Thursby was getting the case ready for the grand jury. There was over a quarter of a million dollars at stake, and the men behind the Golden Casino were bringing pressure to bear. If Howley wasn't convicted, they'd have to give him his money--and that was the last thing they wanted to do. A quarter of a million bucks isn't small potatoes, even to a gambling syndicate.

It wasn't until early on the morning of the third day after Howley's arrest that I got a tip-off from one of my part-time spies. I scooped up the phone when it rang and identified myself.

"Counselor? Look, this is Benny." I recognized the voice and name. Benny was one of the cabbies that I'd done favors for in the past.

"What's the trouble, Benny?"

"Oh, no trouble. I just got a little tip you migh

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3.7 from 3 reviews: ****
Paulo Respighi

A scientist creates an invention that influences dice and roulette wheels. When it works, he's arrested for cheating and put on trial.

The trial was interesting, the ending a disappointment.

Andrew Ives

An interesting little story that moves along nicely, well-written, but with a sudden, somewhat unfulfilling ending. 7/10


This book delighted me and intrigued me at the same time. A good short read that makes you laugh and keeps you interested to the end



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