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“Tight-packed plot and inside detail on gambling cheats in Las Vegas gives off blue rocket fire . . . Seminal Robbins. The pages go whoosh.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Robbins faithful fans will be lining up for this one . . . the plot is spiced with loads of fantastical sex and nymphomaniacal women.”—Booklist
[Sin City] “moves quickly and is great fun . . . packed with vintage Robbins boudoir scenes, it follows a street-smart youth clawing his way to wealth and power. Robbins fans . . . will be rewarded for their devotion with this unexpectedly lively offering.”—Publishers Weekly
Posted April 26, 2012
Posted December 9, 2008
Twenty-two years old Las Vegas waitress Betty Riordan receives her fifteen minutes of ¿fame¿ when an ancient Howard Hughes has sex with her. Betty gives birth to a boy she names Howard Hughes, Jr. Three months after that Betty with her infant in tow tries to visit the father of her child. However, the Hughes entourage simply hands her cash to leave town with the renamed baby, Zack Riordan. <P>Zack returns to Vegas at twelve where he thinks the Strip must be home to God. He earns a minor living distributing sheets for the low life casinos. However, when Betty, as he calls his mother, is killed, Zack leaves town. He returns several years later and becomes a student of the gambling experts who know every cheating trick possible. His advanced degree in cheating leads to his appointment as security manager at Vegas¿ Glitter Gulch until the owner¿s daughter Morgan fires him. In retaliation he rapes her and flees to Asia before eventually returning to SIN CITY only to learn he sired a child with Morgan. <P>Five years have passed since Harold Robbins died and he still is cranking out tales as a prolific ghostwriter. The latest Robbins tale, SIN CITY, is perhaps ¿his¿ best novel in many years including when the author lived. Sort of written as a biographical fiction, the reader sees Las Vegas as a siren of the desert luring wannabes and cheats to its glittery idols. Fans of the author and his living retinue will enjoy SIN CITY by far the best of the posthumous career. <P>Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.