Dealing Out Death (Paperback)

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Bright light city gonna set my soul / Gonna set my soul on fire. So begins the
popular Elvis song Viva Las Vegas, portraying a desert town where anything goes,
a city filled with people living a "devil may care" existence. In Dealing Out Death, Jo
A. Wilkins does a brilliant job of pulling back the curtain of this neon city to reveal
the broken lives created by those suffering from an addiction to gambling. Told
through the eyes of Annie Mcbain, it is the story of a family shaken to the core by
lies, deceit, and murder. Annie's mother, Connie, is a compulsive gambler, risking
everything for the thrill of another pull of the slot machine handle. Rather than
giving us a narrative of numbers and statistics, Wilkins gives us a story from the
heart. A fictional story based on fact and told from the center of a family falling
apart. After reading this book, and because I live in Las Vegas, I did some research
into this crushing addiction. Gambling presents the illusion of harmless fun and
easy money. For some, this illusion can lead quickly to financial ruin. The odds are
always with "the house." The fantasy that the big win will come with the next pull of
the handle is just that. A fantasy. Lives are ruined, dreams are crushed. Or, as the
song goes: I'm gonna have me some fun/ If it costs me my very last dime.
Dealing Out Death is a must read for anyone who knows someone with a
gambling addiction, or who suffers from one themselves. It's a story that had to be
told, and I, for one, am glad that Wilkins found the courage to tell it.
Rick Newberry, Author

Product Details
ISBN: 9781948266024
ISBN-10: 1948266024
Publisher: Ink & Quill Publishers
Publication Date: October 12th, 2018
Pages: 200
Language: English