May 4, 2019

This is such a timely book about the addictive nature of gambling. And not just with cards, sports, etc. but with relationships as well. The protagonist, Ben, gets lucky but it doesn’t satisfy him when he wins the lottery. It is this lack of satisfaction that moves the story to a deeper plane. To the never ending search for what will satisfy. And when is enough is enough. The story depth doesn’t end there with the inability to attain lasting satisfaction through gambling (and through most habitual activities) but moves further and wider into the impact money/wealth has on Ben’s life. The impact it has is not good. He’s a target for the money-grubbing criminal element. As other characters are introduced into the storyline, they are suspect. Do they want a human connection with Ben or his money? No spoilers here. Fischer has a talent with exploring and authentically exposing the dark side of the human condition in a way that helps us to have compassion for the characters. Reading his prose feels like sitting around with a group of friends and hearing their stories, so smooth and genuine is the dialogue, the scene, and action progression. Reading this author is a real treat.
Official synopsis:


Ben is an insecure accountant obsessed with statistics, gambling and beating the odds. When he wins sixty-four million in the lottery he finds himself challenged by the possibilities that his new wealth brings.
He soon falls under the influence of charismatic Russian gambler Mirco, whom he meets on a holiday in New York. He also falls in love with a stewardess, Wendy, but now that Ben’s rich he finds it hard to trust anyone. As both relationships become more dubious, Ben needs to make some difficult decisions and figure out who’s really his friend and who’s just in it for the money.