The Next Sure Thing
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The Next Sure Thing

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Cree Thunderboy wants nothing less than to be the next great blues man. But, playing to tiny audiences in shabby rooms like Shelly's Crab Shack, his career is stalled. Then at the race track he meets Win Hardy, a seemingly charming rogue who spots Cree's knack for picking winning horses. He offers to record his first CD and send him on tour, as long as Cree can keep coming up with the hot tips at the track. Things are looking good for Cree until he discovers Win's connections to the mob and his violent response to anything that doesn't go his way. And when things inevitably go bad, Cree discovers that in life and in gambling there is never really the next sure thing.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 8mm | 140g
  • Victoria, Canada
  • English
  • 1554699002
  • 9781554699001
  • 920,503

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Gambling, violence, trust, integrity, First Nations, Indigenous
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Back cover copy

Suddenly I didn't like Hardy much. Beyond the charm and the dazzle was a coldness that worried me. His henchmen were buffoons, but there was a hard ugliness behind their playful natures. Still, the roll of bills felt good in my hand. Cree Thunderboy has two things he does well: he plays a mean blues guitar, and he has a knack for picking winning horses at the track. Picking winners is just a means to an end; Cree's goal is to be the next great bluesman. When he meets Win Hardy, it looks like he might be able to parlay his special skill with the horses into a shot at the fame and fortune he seeks. So long as he can pick the next sure thing.
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Review quote

"As the native identity of the main character is not emphasized, the story is an uplifting read for anyone who refuses to become a victim. The fast-paced plot and engaging conversational style is well suited for...reluctant readers."--Canadian Literature
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Rating details

119 ratings
3.52 out of 5 stars
5 9% (11)
4 40% (48)
3 45% (53)
2 5% (6)
1 1% (1)
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