The Palace - Paul ErdmanAndré Deutsch [Andre Deutsch], 1987, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Slight creasing to the upper panel otherwise a very well presented copy.
From the cover: “Five foot six, plump, and balding, Danny Lehman is both unprepossessing and ordinary; a dealer in coins and foreign exchange, who is not above making a shady transaction now and then. For when it comes to business Danny is very sharp, and in 1964, when the American economy is beginning to feel the shock waves of the Vietnam War and investors are seeking a safe haven for their money, Danny makes a lucrative move into silver bullion. Then, through distinctly unorthodox channels, he acquires a casino on the edge of bankruptcy and is fired with an ambition to beat the big boys at their own game. His dream: to create the most luxurious, most successful, and outwardly most respectable casino Las Vegas has ever seen, and to restore Atlantic City to its former glory as the world’s leading entertainment resort.
So Danny sets off on a fact-finding trip to Europe, accompanied by his greatest source of inspiration — a gorgeous, six-foot-two-inch black whore named Sandra Lee. Together this apparently ill-matched couple check out the international gambling circuit — from the dignified chemin defer tables of the London gaming clubs, to the sedate environs of the Kurhaus in Baden-Baden, and the pure showbiz spectacle of the Casino de Liban in Beirut — often with explosive side-effects.
As Danny struggles to shake off the shadows of his past, he is forced into the second most unlikely alliance of his life -with a leading New York investment banker and a consortium of his aristocratic European colleagues. For Danny Lehman is able to offer what the WASP banker covets most — access to the outrageous sums of money that pass over the gaming-tables.
The twist in the tale comes when Danny discovers — to his cost — that the Wall Street gang are some of the biggest crooks of them all… But, he figures, if you can’t beat them, why not join them?”