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The Gamblers: John Aspinall, James Goldsmith and the murder of Lord Lucan Hardcover – International Edition, August 23, 2005

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“Pearson’s book advances a new theory on Lucan’s fate … written in a crisp, iconic style.”
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“Riveting book … Pearson cleverly entices the reader into a whodunnit.”
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John Pearson is a Cambridge graduate. He worked on the Economist Intelligence Unit and as a BBC trainee producer before working for Ian Fleming as his assistant on the “Atticus” column for the Sunday Times.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Century (August 23, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844132056
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844132058
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,223,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By nicjaytee on September 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Headlined as an investigation into the lives of three of the UK's most notorious 60's gamblers - James Goldsmith, John Aspinall & "Lucky" Lord Lucan - and claiming to reveal, for the first time, the true story behind Lucan's even more notorious "disappearance" - one of the UK's longest running murder mysteries - "The Gamblers" is a quite riveting insight into a bizarre world of power, glamour, addiction, fabulous wealth and self destruction. Like the friend who recommended it to me I read it virtually straight through and while I left with as many questions as answers I discovered, on the way, a whole host of mind-boggling facts about the people who populated London's most exclusive gambling den, "The Clermont Club", and its now iconic sister night-club, "Annabel's".

Cleverly underpinned by sufficient clearly genuine information to make you believe it all, you are, by the last third of the book, quite prepared to fully accept Pearson's take on Lucan's fate, even though the lines between objective analysis and sensationalist interpretation have in fact become fairly blurred. But no matter because, in the end, "The Gamblers" is much more than simply another title-selling angle on the Lord Lucan saga, rather an intriguing exploration into a part of London's "swinging sixties" scene that most of us never knew existed and a fascinating study of what draws the rich & privileged into the ridiculously high-risk world of big-money gambling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KS Bibliophile on January 29, 2014
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A lesson in the downfall of greedy, immoral wealthy people in the UK in the latter half of the 20th century. A true story well-searched.
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By Georgeann Miles on March 18, 2015
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