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Tip on a Dead Crab

(Shifty Lou Anderson #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Shifty Anderson, a magician on vacation, and Jay Fox, an obsessive race handicapper, get involved in a horse-race scam at California's Del Mar racetrack. This book has a lot of style and the horse racing scenes seem authentic. ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published April 2nd 1985 by Penguin Books (first published 1984)
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Ernie
May 11, 2019 rated it liked it
“dead crab” is shorthand for “sure thing” in this racetrack intrigue set mostly at Del Mar, with forays to Las Vegas and L.A. on page 82, the term is elucidated in an anecdote revealing the universality of the human urge to place bets on animals, and its fundamental ghastliness. this pervasive quality of tawdriness redeems the author’s clunky phrasing, lack of dramatic sense, and inability to settle on a genre. an undertow of existential crisis incrementally displaces the initial comic bromance ...more
Pam
Jun 21, 2008 marked it as to-read
Shelves: california, mystery
06/20/08 rec via bookmooch
Sandi
Debut horse racing mystery that focuses on the bettors who are always on the look out for the sure thing.
Paul Wilner
Dec 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Another great racetrack book that's about a lot more than racing. Another New Yorker writer with a pitch-perfect ear for people, places and the human heart.
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Katharine Ott
"Tip on a Dead Crab" - written by William Murray and published in 1984 by Viking Press. A mediocre mystery featuring betting on horse races. ...more
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William Murray was an American fiction editor and staff writer at The New Yorker for more than thirty years. He wrote a series of mystery novels set in the world of horse racing, many featuring Shifty Lou Anderson, a professional magician and horseplayer. Among his many contributions to The New Yorker was the magazine's "Letters from Italy" of which he was the sole author. The majority of his late ...more

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