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Monsieur X: The incredible story of the most audacious gambler in history (Paperback)
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Monsieur X: The incredible story of the most audacious gambler in history (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 07/03/2019
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Shortlisted for The Telegraph Sports Book Awards 2019

Monsieur X is a dazzling tale of glamour, riches, violence and ultimately tragedy. Patrice des Moutis was a handsome, charming and well-educated Frenchman with an aristocratic family, a respectable insurance business, and a warm welcome in the smartest Parisian salons. He was also a compulsive gambler and illegal bookie.

Between the late 1950s and the early 1970s, Des Moutis made a daring attempt to beat the French state-run betting system. His success so alarmed the authorities that they repeatedly changed the rules of betting in an effort to stop him. And so a battle of wills began, all played out on the front pages of the daily newspapers as the general public willed Des Moutis on to ever greater triumphs.

He remained one step ahead of the law until finally the government criminalised his activities, driving him into the arms of the underworld. Eventually the net began to close, high-profile characters found themselves the target of the state's investigation, and people began turning up dead.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
ISBN: 9781472942302
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 252 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Another serious contender for sports publishing's top award...the pace of a thriller and the style of a great biography.' - The New European 

'A rivetingly good story, told with all the panache it deserves' - John Preston, author of A Very English Scandal

'A story that deserves to be told and in the hands of Reid, has a chronicler more than equal to the task.' - Racing Post 

'I read it in two days. I thought it was superb.' - Victor Chandler

'I enjoyed reading Monsieur X; very amusing.' - Lester Piggott

'Gripping' - The Spectator

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“A compelling story masterfully brought to life”

Monsieur X is a fascinating story about the fabled French gambler set against the dramatic social and political backdrop of post-war France.

The characters are well-researched and stylishly crafted by an author who... More

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