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Jack of diamonds / Bryce Courtenay.

By: Courtenay, Bryce, 1933-2012 [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelArticlePublisher: Camberwell, Vic. : Viking, 2012Description: 711 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780670076079 ; 0670076074.Subject(s): Musicians -- Fiction | Poker players -- Fiction | Man-woman relationships -- Fiction | Canada -- Fiction | Las Vegas (Nev.) -- Fiction | Africa -- FictionDDC classification: A823.3 Summary: Born and raised in a poor, working-class family in Toronto, Jack Spayd is the son of an unhappy marriage. But when he is given a harmonica as a young boy, he discovers a talent for music that will change his life forever. After being taken under the wing of 'Miss Frostbite', the owner of a local jazz club, Jack becomes a gifted musician, playing piano and harmonica. After the death of his mother, he travels to Las Vegas and finds work in the clubs there, but is increasingly drawn to gambling. He earns a reputation as a good player, which brings him to the attention of the mafia. Jack wants to join the professional circuit, and to do that he needs serious money behind him. It's this need that sees him travel to the Belgian Congo, where he's heard it's possible to earn big money working in the most dangerous parts of the local copper mines. He gradually falls in love with Africa - and then with a beautiful Ethiopian woman. They move to London, where they bring up a daughter who becomes a supermodel. In a dramatic twist, the story returns to Africa - and to a fortune in diamonds. Jack of Diamonds is the story of a young, talented man, fighting to achieve his ambitions, and having to use his considerable talents to find his way in a perilous world.
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Bryce Courtenay's new - and final - book is also available as an eBook.<br> If poker was an addiction then music was an overwhelming obsession; one could never replace the other in my life. <br> During the Great Depression there was little hope for a boy born into the slums of Cabbagetown, Toronto. But Jack Spayd is offered a ticket out in the form of a Hohner harmonica, won by his brutal drunken father in a late-night card game. Jack makes music as a way of escaping his surroundings, and his talent leads him to a jazz club and, eventually, to the jazz piano.<br> Jack is a virtuoso and hits the road, enchanting audiences in Canada, wartime Europe and Las Vegas, where he is caught up in the world of elite poker and falls under the spell of his boss, the enigmaticBridgett Fuller. Vegas is a hard town ruled by the Mafia, but Jack prospers, until his luck turns bad and he falls foul of the Mob. Forced to run for his life from Vegas, he must also leave the woman he adores. His adventuring takes him to the far reaches of Africa, to a rare and valuable bird that may seal his fate - and to the love of a very different woman.<br> Set across three continents, Jack of Diamonds is a spellbinding story of chance, music, corruption and love.<br> Bryce Courtenay writes in a moving epilogue that Jack of Diamonds will be his last novel.<br> ' Jack of Diamonds is classic Courtenay.' The Age <br> 'The main achievement of Jack of Diamonds is to offer ... a sense of Courtenay's real voice, of the intelligent, engaged and kind human being who wrote it.' The Age <br> 'His books may incidentally have promoted racial tolerance among his many readers, who would then have this to thank him for, along with decades of entertainment.' Weekend Australian <br> 'This book will be treasured by many.' Hobsons Bay Leader <br> 'An entertaining read.' Launceston Examiner <br> 'Yet another blockbuster to delight his loyal readers. ' Burnie Advocate <br> <br>

Born and raised in a poor, working-class family in Toronto, Jack Spayd is the son of an unhappy marriage. But when he is given a harmonica as a young boy, he discovers a talent for music that will change his life forever. After being taken under the wing of 'Miss Frostbite', the owner of a local jazz club, Jack becomes a gifted musician, playing piano and harmonica. After the death of his mother, he travels to Las Vegas and finds work in the clubs there, but is increasingly drawn to gambling. He earns a reputation as a good player, which brings him to the attention of the mafia. Jack wants to join the professional circuit, and to do that he needs serious money behind him. It's this need that sees him travel to the Belgian Congo, where he's heard it's possible to earn big money working in the most dangerous parts of the local copper mines. He gradually falls in love with Africa - and then with a beautiful Ethiopian woman. They move to London, where they bring up a daughter who becomes a supermodel. In a dramatic twist, the story returns to Africa - and to a fortune in diamonds. Jack of Diamonds is the story of a young, talented man, fighting to achieve his ambitions, and having to use his considerable talents to find his way in a perilous world.

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