|Posted: August 4, 2010, 7:01 pm - IP Logged|
by George Dawes Green
Shaw and Romeo, friends from grade school to their present-day laborsin dead-end tech-support jobs, are headed for a Florida vacation. In aGeorgia convenience store, Shaw learns from a clerk that a local familypurchased a lottery ticket worth $318 million, and he hatches a plan toget half of it. His plan is simple: Shaw takes the family “hostage” bytelling them that Romeo is driving around their small city, ready tomurder their loved ones if they don’t support the ruse that Shaw is duehalf the winnings. As news of the family’s big win spreads, crowdsthrong around the house, and the terror inside it grows. Green, theauthor of the acclaimed The Caveman’s Valentine (2000), is skilled atpsychological suspense. More than half a dozen major characters arefully developed, and their evolving reactions to their situations andto other characters are sure to engage readers who like to feel the narrative screws tightening.
--Thomas Gaughan -
(Tood, you might want to put this one in the bookstore)
Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.
There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.