The Skin Game ... and other Atlantic City Capers

The Skin Game ... and other Atlantic City Capers

by Joseph Wilkins
     
 

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"It was the week before Christmas ... and time for the annual raid on Sonia's whorehouse."

"The Skin Game, and other Atlantic City capers" is the story of the days when Atlantic City hit bottom and bet its future on casinos -- a story that begins with a robbery in which gunmen order their victims to strip, then jam them into the men's room.

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"It was the week before Christmas ... and time for the annual raid on Sonia's whorehouse."

"The Skin Game, and other Atlantic City capers" is the story of the days when Atlantic City hit bottom and bet its future on casinos -- a story that begins with a robbery in which gunmen order their victims to strip, then jam them into the men's room.

Tim Donovan's first jury trial is the defense of one of the robbers, a 17 year prison veteran who teaches Donovan what the law professors didn't. He learns even more from hookers like nearsighted Mary, who couldn't spot a cop's shoes, and slow-thinking Cindy who wants Donovan to get her baby back.

Woven through the young lawyer's caseload are Atlantic City's civic hustlers, angling for the legalization of casinos even as the state police raid the judge's illegal slot machines at the fraternal lodge and the press breaks the story of a motorcycle cop who sold his police hog to state troopers in an undercover sting operation.

Written with fast-paced humor and underlying sympathy for the law's victims, Tim Donovan's clients and their problems make The Skin Game a book that gets you laughing ... and thinking.

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Editorial Reviews

Carol Plum-Ucci
5.0 out of 5 stars

Funniest guy I ever read!

Wilkins weaves in other characters with the timing of a pro. By the time he'd introduced Mary the near-sighted hooker, Cindy the goose egg wife of an even dumber pimp, the grandmother who kept changing her will to give her ugly ceramic turtle to a different relative, I'd been kicked out of my bed for laughing laughing too loudly while reading. I even tried to read holding my nose, but the whole bed was shaking, so my husband said.
Louis Toscano
The funniest cast of legal and illegal characters since Rumpole of the Bailey. Joe Wilkins knows Atlantic City like the back of his hand. His stories brim over with the antics of Atlantic City's hookers, politicians, cops ... and the occasional client who arrives on the back of a garbage truck."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012823540
Publisher:
Joseph T. Wilkins
Publication date:
08/01/2002
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
531 KB

Meet the Author

Mr. Wilkins has practiced law in the Atlantic City area for over 40 years, and draws his material from a remarkably varied career in which he has represented the very poor and the very wealthy. At one extreme he has served as Chief Attorney for a legal services program for the poor and at the other extreme has served as corporate counsel for multimillion dollar corporations and as Founding Chairman of the State Bar Association's prestigious Committee on Casino Law. He has been the chief lawyer for the City of Atlantic City, and served as a municipal judge for seven years. He has argued cases at every judicial level in New Jersey, from informal local hearings up to the New Jersey Supreme Court.
Along the way he has enjoyed representing cops and hookers, ministers and burglars, businessmen and ex-drug addicts — the respectable, the dubious, and the downright scruffy, and mixed them together in a book that reveals a rare blend of compassion and laughter at the foibles of the Law and of those who get caught up in it. He is the father of 5, and has 11 grandchildren. He lives in Atlantic County, New Jersey

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