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POSITIVELY FIFTH STREET: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion's World Series of Poker

James McManus, Author, James McManus, Read by
James McManus, Author, James McManus, Read by , read by the author. Audio Renaissance $22 (0p) ISBN 978-1-55927-884-3
Reviewed on: 06/02/2003
Release date: 04/01/2003
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It's a safe bet that no one at Harper's expected novelist McManus, who the magazine sent to Las Vegas to cover the 2000 World Series of Poker, to parlay his advance into chips and play his way into the championship. The scene for this nonfiction work is Binion's Horseshoe Casino, and the game is No Limit Texas Hold 'Em, presumably the purest form of the game. McManus, a poker player since age nine, plays like he writes: gloriously. From the 512 starters, he finds himself, days later, at the championship table, playing for surreal stakes (he wins $866,000 on a single hand). In addition, he is simultaneously covering Ted Binion's gruesome murder trial, which just happens to coincide with the Series. McManus reads with a poker face. Seemingly calm and impassive, his voice may initially make listeners wonder if the author is the right person for the job. But although McManus's style doesn't change, listeners' perception of it will. His even keel is a deception, and as he is describing making quarter-million–dollar bets after playing cards with the world's best for days on end, listeners will be able to feel his heart racing under the calm façade. Simultaneous release with the Farrar, Straus & Giroux hardcover (Forecasts, Feb. 24). (May)

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