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“That rare thing, a truly authentic novel about poker and the poker world” (A. Alvarez, author of The Biggest Game in Town).
Joey Moore is happy to be a big fish in a small pond. He is easily the best poker player from his suburban enclave in Maryland to Washington, DC. He craves the nightlife and can’t imagine being tied down to a desk job or saddled with the responsibilities of most men of his age.
But all that changes when Joey is offered a high-paying job as a casino boss, a gambling opponent commits suicide, and a new romance is derailed by his ex-girlfriend’s pregnancy. At a crossroads, Joey will have to decide whether to fold or go all in on everything unexpected that life has to offer.
“The novel masterfully sucks you right in, at the very first page, into its world. It doesn’t matter then, if the only thing you know about Poker is it begins with a ‘P’ . . . It is a smart and gritty, coming-of-age-novel . . . An engaging narrative which climaxes with brisk bits of domestic and professional melodrama.” —9Stacks
“Many readers consider . . . King of a Small World to be the best of its kind—a poker-themed novel that offers an authentic, gritty portrait of ‘the live grind.’” —PokerNews
“An immensely enjoyable debut.” —Publishers Weekly
Private card games in the Maryland-Washington, D.C., area as well as the big casinos of Las Vegas and Atlantic City provide the setting for this unsentimental evocation of the arcane world of professional poker. Self-assured narrator and ace card-player ``Pinocchio'' Joe Moore is forced to rethink his values and his destiny when, in short order, he starts a new romance, gets a high-paying job as a dealer and learns he will soon be a father, by way of his old girlfriend. Known as the best poker stud in Maryland, Moore juggles changing responsibilities and complex relationships-based on friendship, family, love and money-to make a life for his new, nontraditional family while staying true to the best parts of himself. Bennet writes with confidence and precision, resisting hackneyed gambling metaphors while offering some insightful new ones (``The best poker I've ever played has always entailed peace... and when you've gained that view, that peace-when you'd rather have the truth, no matter how disappointing, over a false hope, no matter how desirable-then you're a player''). His easy knowledge of poker customs and practices, and the engaging narration-which climaxes with brisk bits of domestic and professional melodrama (Joey's newborn son is stolen by his in-laws; his mother is accused of stealing gambling funds)- make for an immensely enjoyable debut.