"We love to hate Bernie yet by the end of the book we love him, period. Why? Maybe it's because he's so darned honest! "Bernie Takes Tahoe" is a gambling tale with a twist. King James even gets involved. Will Bernie change his ways and find redemption? Maybe. I thought it was funny and light, but all in all it delivered."Gloria Sinibaldi, Tahoe Daily tribune
Can a down on his luck lounge lizard on a long losing streak take daily messages from a mysterious woman and use them in an unbeatable gambling system? With King James giving Bernie a "thumbs up" (or his bourbon-infused image of him) while playing roulette, he's on a mission to bring down the house.
Bernie's turn in luck also attracts the attention of some unsavory fortune seekers who might send him to the deep end of the lake. Will Bernie make a fortune, or end up at the bottom of Lake Tahoe with cement shoes? Read Bernie Takes Tahoe and find out.Double Up Press
From the Author
In the early 70s, when I was about 10, Bernie walked me through the expansive, smoke filled, cheesy decor of what was once known as the Sahara Tahoe. I can still vividly remember the multi-colored, repellant carpeting that almost made me dizzy, the stench of stale booze and cigarette smoke emanating from a multitude of ashtrays, the sound of slot machines, and the infamous "all you can eat" buffet at the Four Seasons restaurant. Bernie Takes Tahoe is an attempt to recapture that long lost slice of Nevada history. Bernie Takes Tahoe is a roast and tribute to my late father. Bernie loved his bourbon and he did actually declare an energetic "ahhhhh!" after slugging down a glass of it, although he didn't quite shout it out as he does in the book. Bernie also loved women and visited a cathouse on occasion. Once you got to know the guy, he really grew on you. When he passed, I was surprised to see how many came to pay their last respects. Even though Bernie is a swaggering oaf with a raging libido, who gets his jollies giving people a hard time in the book, if you pay attention, Bernie is also self-mocking and a very generous tipper. Bernie was a Tahoe icon, everyone loved the guy. We miss you, Bernie, you bourbon slamming, womanizing oaf. We'll never forget you.