Positively Fifth Street
436 Pages 15.00 Retail
In the spring of 2000, Harper's sent James Mcmanus to Las Vegas to cover the World Series of Poker, in particular the progress of women in the $23 million event, and the death of Ted Binion, the event's prodigal host, purportedly done in by a stripper and her boyfriend. But when McManus arrives, the lure of the tables compels him to risk his entire advance in a long-shot attempt to play in the competition. This is his deliciously suspenseful account of the tournament-the players, the hand-to-hand combat, his own unlikely progress in it-and the delightfully seedy carnival atmosphere that surrounds it.