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Take a gritty uncensored look into the exclusive world of illegal bookmaking combined with a mind-bending take on the Kennedy conspiracy. Chris Fraser’s gripping debut novel The Bookmaker, will keep the pages turning for traditional fiction readers, sports enthusiasts, history buffs, mystery fans and suspense aficionados alike. Step into a world that seldom reveals its secrets, but tread lightly as you may not like what you find
Posted March 21, 2012
The Bookmaker by Chris Fraser has a whole new take on the Kennedy deaths. The conspiracy theories aren't wrong, but the source of them is unknown to everyone.
When a small time California bookie is offered a book deal as a way to pay off the debt that one of his clients has accumulated he gets a whole lot more than he thought. Trent is just a young man trying to figure out what to do with his life while making his money as a bookie. Since he went to school to be a writer he figures flying out to Oxford to talk to an old man about his story isn't any big deal, especially since it pays so well. Upon arriving he steps into a whole new world.
Preston is an old man with a burning secret and a fatal disease. In order to die with a clearer conscience he decides to dictate his story to a young writer who will not judge him as harshly as an established professional would. When his grandson racks up a debt with a bookie who studied to be a writer he gets just what he wanted.
The Bookmaker is a remarkably well told story. Chris runs two storylines simultaneously taking the reader back in the past while Preston tells his story and keeping up with the current times with Trent's role in Preston's household. All of the characters are well written and believable and the story itself even keeps grounded enough to be believable. I was sucked into the story as soon as Trent arrived in the South and didn't want to put the book down after that. The tragedy that Preston described made his story all the more real. This is a great book and I'm glad that a review copy made it's way to me.
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Posted January 19, 2012
An interesting and provocative retrospective of how what might have really happened with the Kennedy's. This is a well written and possible reality of what could have taken place. Plus a little insight into the back yard bookie world.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 11, 2012
For those of us who grew up with JFK and the whole conspiracy theory, now we know what REALLY happened that day! And for those of us who just enjoy a good adventure/love story this book makes a compelling read. I didn't want to put it down and really look forward to the next book from this exciting new author! Thanks to you, Mr. Fraser. I enjoyed your book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 11, 2011
Wow, I just finished this book and it was great. It really makes you think, did the author have some insight into the truth of the Kennedys or is it actually fiction. I love books that make wonder. This makes me think of Nelson DeMille's 'Night Fall'!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 2, 2011
I just finished The Bookmaker by Chris Fraser and I loved it! I'm an avid reader--mostly of mysteries and fiction novels--and I really feel this book has something for anyone. Thought the plot twist was well thought out and totally unexpected. I understand this is Mr. Fraser's first book, but surely not his last. His talent calls to mind T. Jefferson Parker with his first book "Laguna Heat." I look foward to reading Mr. Fraser's next book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 31, 2011