“Painfully perceptive … Alson’s bald-faced honesty, which is harder on no one than himself, combined with his considerable talent for reportage, make the book compelling, almost compulsively readable … he has an uncanny ear for dialogue [and has] learned as much about human nature as about point spreads. The result is not only a rare slice of New York life but an unself-seeking chronicle of what happens when a bright future bottoms out.” — Sue Kelly, Time Out New York
“Like the court officials in The Trial, Alson grows used to, then reliant on, the bad air of his new life … His fellow bookies are hot, bitter and immediately alive.” — Andy Becket, The Independent
“With humor and introspection … Alson grapples with his conscience, his fears of arrest, his embarrassment at enjoying ‘success’ outside the law, and he tells it with candor.” — Digby Diehl, Playboy
Juxtaposing the thuggish worlds of bookies and privileged ivy leaguers, this hilarious study of unfettered machismo takes a perceptive look into a young, down-on-his-luck Harvard graduate who joins a bookmaking operations while he tries to pull his life together.