The Last Match's best lines
"Petruzzi was the kind of industrialist who let other people be industrious for him."
and this, an exchange between the swindler/protagonist and a Côte d'Azur casino owner:
"He said, `Well, once I bluffed four kings in a poker game. Is that a dramatic highlight?'
"`Yes, sir,' I said. `It certainly is. But I wouldn't call four kings exactly a bluffing hand.'
"`No, no. Four real kings, all at one of my tables. Belgium, Portugal, Denmark and Sweden.'"
The Last Match is an episodic, globe-hopping novel, and some of the episodes are more compelling than others. The book's peripatetic narrative reflects the author's peripatetic life, about which you can read here, on one of the better author Web sites I've seen. (Dodge is also the author of the more focused Plunder of the Sun, published, like The Last Match, by Hard Case Crime, and To Catch a Thief, as well as numerous other novels and travel books.)
© Peter Rozovsky 2007
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