‘Of all the high players this country ever sees, there is no doubt but that the guy they call the Sky is the highest . . . He will bet all he has, and nobody can bet any more than this.’
Slick, upbeat and funny, these stories set on Broadway by Damon Runyon inspired the popular musical and film Guys and Dolls. The people most at home in this world are gangsters and horseplayers, no matter where they are from. It’s a transient world, too; the trajectory of the lives in it is downwards – and they all know it.
Quick Brains and Slow Tongues
My parents are both now dead. My father died last, aged 90, in 2016. I had always associated my love of books with my mother’s influence. My father’s passing, however, made me realize – too...Read more