Gamester

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House of Stratus, Jan 11, 2008 - 324 pages
John Law had a remarkable career ahead of him. Already a successful banker, he was an outstanding figure set to go far. Yet his Scottish homeland was fraught with potential pitfalls and when he killed 'Beau Wilson' in a dual, it seemed that the gods had finally conspired against him and his career was to be cut short in its prime. However, dissatisfied with his fate, Law contrived to escape from Newgate and avoid his death sentence; instead fleeing to France where he lived a life of adventure and excitement, and turned his banking skills to the gambling tables...
 

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A daring and intelligent gamester finds favor with the Regent of France and uses his influence to attempt to fix the country's desperate financial situation, while bringing himself higher and higher ... Read full review

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Features an exiled Scot in Paris of the early 1700s, in the context of finance and banking; slow to get going and a bit intricate, but worth reading Read full review

Contents

DEATH OF A KINg
1
THE REgENT IN COUNCIL
15
THE EARL OF STAIR
34
MR LAWS BANK
45
EXTREMEUNCTION
56
THE COUNT OF HORN
66
WARNINgS
79
INVITATIONS
89
CELLAMARES SATCHEL
183
THE LETTER
191
THE HONOUR OF THE COUNT OF HORN
203
THE PUBLIC DEBT
212
THE gOAD
220
REVELATION
226
THE ZENITH
232
MURDER
244

THE gAMBIE STOCK
97
THE PLOTTERS
118
THE COUNTESS OF HORN
123
THE BED OF JUSTICE
134
TREASONABLE PRACTICES
142
ADVENTURES OF CATHERINE
150
THE ROYAL BANK
165
REENTER DON PABLO
172
THE WHEEL
251
FAREWELL
262
MUTTERINgS OF THE STORM
266
CATASTROPHE
277
THE NADIR
295
THE PASSPORT
302
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Rafael Sabatini, creator of some of the world's best-loved heroes, was born in Italy in 1875 to an English mother and Italian father, both well-known opera singers. He was educated in Portugal and Switzerland, but at seventeen moved to England, where, after a brief stint in the business world, he started to write. Fluent in a total of five languages, he nonetheless chose to write in English, claiming that 'all the best stories are written in [that language]'. His writing career was launched with a collection of short stories, followed by several novels. Fame, however, came with Scaramouche, the much-loved story of the French Revolution, which became an international bestseller. Captain Blood followed soon after, which resulted in a renewed enthusiasm for his earlier work which were rushed into reprint. For many years a prolific writer, he was forced to abandon writing in the 1940's through illness and eventually died in 1950. Sabatini is best remembered for his heroic characters and high-spirited novels, many of which have been adapted into classic films, including Scaramouche, Captain Blood and The Sea Hawk. They appeal to both a male and female audience with drama, romance and action, all placed in historical settings. It was once stated in the Daily Telegraph that 'one wonders if there is another storyteller so adroit at filling his pages with intrigue and counter-intrigue, with danger threaded with romance, with a background of lavish colour, of silks and velvets, of swords and jewels.'

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