Requiem for Torchy: The Life of a Gambler
Tony TripodiISBN: 0595264484;
Book DescriptionWhen Joe A?TorchyA? Torchia, the last of SacramentoA?s legendary great gamblers, died in a hail of bullets in 1970, an era died with him. In his day, A?The TorchA? was many things to many people. To the denizens of the back rooms and back alleys of Sacramento, he was a shrewd bet maker and bookie. To the tax collectors, he was a scofflaw who perpetually evaded their grasp. To the casino owners of Lake Tahoe, he was a high roller tobe put up in high style. To patrons of his Buggy Whip Restaurant, he was an affable host who knew good food and good times. To his female admirers, he was a smooth-talking sharp dresser with looks to die for. To his children and step-children, he was an affectionate and indulgent father. To many observers, he was an embodiment of the American dreamA?a son of Italian immigrants who ended up in a manor house, complete with acreage and horse stables. To scores of...
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