As you've probably read, I do a lot of research. For my first novel, Ghostman, I taught myself how to steal a car. For my second novel, I moved to China for several months. I've read several books about lockpicking-- I don't have the dexterity to do it myself-- but I know how it works. I played majong with a Triad boss. I played cards with a skinhead gang. For my third book, I'm going to be buried alive. Needless to say, I spend a lot of time exploring the world. I care a lot
Perhaps over the weekend you saw this article in the New York Times. If you didn't, let me fill you in. Meet this guy, Jubreal Chahine-- the latest in a long line of Vegas small hand operators to face the music. Check out that mug. Jubreal has been arrested 14 times since 1999 for cheating at nearly two dozen Las Vegas casinos.
Jubreal is a dying breed-- he's an old fashioned casino cheat. He uses classic legerdemain in order to manipulate his odds of winning casino games.