Walter S Tevis
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Published 1960 by Michael Joseph
Blue cloth, gilt titles
Dust jacket priced at 13/6
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To Fast Eddie Felson there was only one thing that mattered; to make the big time and the big money in the world of pool billiards by beating the best in the country. Hustling suckers in one-horse towns and knocking off Johnny Varges in a match for good stakes were just practice for his goal. Now he was ready, he thought, for the big time.
In a silence punctuated only by the click of shiny balls on the green-topped table, Eddie and Minnesota Fats pit nerve against skill in a fantastic match with high stakes, a game over an unbroken thirty-six hours. It is a contest that teaches Eddie some things he had not known about guts, stamina, and 'character'—the difference between winners and losers.