A NYC fireman out schemes the bookies and the track.
Dutching the Book is an American epic about the tests of friendship over several decades and a man’s quest to be the best horseplayer in a world that is close to us all but few have penetrated successfully; horse racing and gambling.
These were family men with a penchant for gambling that stepped over the line because they had an advantage—they had Ben Collesano. He looked for an edge, found it, and bent the rules and when the rules changed, he bent them again. Based on real people and events over several decades, DUTCHING THE BOOK is a tribute to those who really lived it.
Late 1930’s Brooklyn, the Great Depression had almost gone. In high school, Ben had a can’t-lose scheme and he didn’t—until the racetrack shut him down. Now, over twenty years later, a fireman, he would be tested against the best. But this time he could lose everything as he out schemes the bookies and the track to save his family and, on the journey, finds himself.
DUTCHING THE BOOK is about the tests of lifelong friendship, family, gambling, horse racing, betting capers and a man’s quest to pursue a dream. It is about four friends, as different as friends could be; yet bound together by a loyalty that endured through decades, until it was broken.
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