River Rising
by T.P. Jones (Author)

The Gamble
by T.P. Jones (Author)

by T.P. Jones (Author)
The Gamble, Book #2 in The Loss of Certainty Trilogy

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Problems continue to accumulate in Jackson, Iowa. With the rising unemployment and stress on the budget, the city asks the public unions to take a 10 percent pay cut, an unprecedented proposal. The largest of the city unions responds by recruiting a new negotiator, Deuce Goetzinger, a man without negotiating experience but smart and tough, and Goetzinger counters the pay-cut proposal with one of his own, one so radical that it would change the power relationships in city hall should it ever be instituted. Thus begins a cat-and-mouse game between Goetzinger and Aggie Klauer, the city’s negotiator.

Despite the harsh winter conditions, the city is constructing a dog track on an island in the middle of the Mississippi River, taking advantage of a recently passed pari-mutuel law and rushing in order to have the first track built in the state. As Jackson’s old industrial base fades away, the city is staking its economic future on gambling and tourism. Given the high unemployment, Mayor El Plowman moves to make more of the track construction work available to local contractors, but like everything else she tries, this leads to consequences she would never have imagined, adding yet one more burden to the city in this, its year of troubles.

The dead of winter now, blizzards sweeping across the landscape in rapid succession, the conditions foretelling a massive spring flood mount up one after another.

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