The Curse: Big-Time Gambling’s Seduction of a Small New England Town – A Novel

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During the 1990s, two Connecticut Indian tribes built the world’s two biggest casinos in the southeastern corner of the state, resulting in what has been called a “gambling Chernobyl.” The Curse is a novel set against those events. It begins in 1637 with the massacre of the Pequot Indians and a curse delivered by a Pequot sachem to the young English soldier who is about to kill him. The story then jumps 350 years as the soldier’s thirteenth-generation descendant, Josh Williams, becomes embroiled in a battle to stop a new-minted Indian tribe from building a third casino that threatens his town and ancestral home. The lure of easy money drives everyone from the tribe’s chief to a shadowy Miami billionaire, venal politicians, and Providence mobsters, while a small, quintessential New England town must choose between preserving its character or accepting an extraordinary proposal that will change it forever. As the battle over the casino reaches a climax, Josh discovers startling truths about his family’s past – including centuries-old events that appear to be impacting the present with devastating effect. Connecticut author Martin Shapiro (Scroll of Naska) has described the book as “compelling and timely – an epic story of politics, identity and greed that will make you wonder where America is headed.” Robert H. Steele is vice chairman of an international retail marketing agency and has been a director of numerous companies. A graduate of Amherst College and Columbia University, he served in the CIA and Congress, and was a candidate for governor of Connecticut. He lives with his wife in Essex, Connecticut.

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Levellers Press; First Edition (January 1, 2012)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 400 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1937146170
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1937146177
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.3 pounds

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