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Publisher Description

During the Great Depression there was little hope for a boy born into the slums of Cabbagetown, Toronto. But Jack Spayd is offered a ticket out in the form of a Hohner harmonica, won by his brutal drunken father in a late-night card game. Jack makes music as a way of escaping his surroundings, and his talent leads him to a jazz club and, eventually, to the jazz piano.
Jack is a virtuoso and hits the road, enchanting audiences in Canada, wartime Europe and Las Vegas, where he is caught up in the world of elite poker and falls under the spell of his boss, the enigmatic Bridgett Fuller. Vegas is a hard town ruled by the Mafia, but Jack prospers, until his luck turns bad and he falls foul of the Mob. Forced to run for his life from Vegas, he must also leave the woman he adores. His adventuring takes him to the far reaches of Africa, to a rare and valuable bird that may seal his fate – and to the love of a very different woman.
Set across three continents, Jack of Diamonds is a spellbinding story of chance, music, corruption and love – and Bryce Courtenay's last novel.

'Jack of Diamonds is classic Courtenay.' The Age

Fiction & Literature
12 November
Penguin Random House Australia
Penguin Random House Australia Pty Ltd

Customer Reviews

Inky Black. ,

Jack of Diamonds

Slow to start , but boy did I get involved I could not put it down .
His love of all people was obvious from the first page . The end was very emotional , and I felt I new Jack personally .
A great read ,I have loved all of his books but this one was brilliant .

eddy francis ,

Jack of spade

Could not put the book down, had to read to through to the end at every opportunity.

Toddlesoldstuff ,

Another very readable book from Bryce

Possibly not his best but I still wanted to read from cover to cover.
His depth of detail made all of the characthers beleivable and easy to hate or love. It was quite long but I still would have kept reading but I had to eat, work and sleep, all annoying interuptions to a good book!

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