'The Blackjack Casanova' is a story that spans 60 years (1930-1990). It takes our protagonist from the poverty of The Great Depression, an orphanage, 20 years of Army service in exotic locales in the Middle East and Europe, then on to Korea and Vietnam. He ends up as CEO of a restaurant empire built on drug money from a foreign cartel. The source of the money comes as a great shock to him late in the narrative.
Often, erotic and frank in language and situations, the story involves family relations, illegitimate children, revenge, a murder trial, the Drug Enforcement Administration and constant womanizing and gambling. The sins of his youth come back to haunt him, causing him to have to solve one crisis after the other. In short, there's something for everyone in the very involved plot that has more twists and turns than a snake's belly. This story is not for children.
'The Blackjack Casanova' will appeal to many audiences. Anyone who had to overcome poor beginnings; anyone seriously involved with two women; anyone who served in any military service; anyone in big business; anyone driven into a corner with no place to turn; anyone who can't resist a beautiful woman; anyone who loves to gamble; anyone who was shown the ways of the world by an older woman - in short, anyone who has to deal with life should read this book.
My thanks to the following people, offices, and publications, without whose contributions of information this book couldn't have been written:
My brothers, the late ROBERT (RIP) and NORMAN ANSARA, of Ricardo's Mexican Restaurant Corporation, Las Vegas, Nevada., for their expertise regarding the construction and operation of Mexican restaurants. BOB, for remembering the geography in and around Boston, Mass., and NORM for adding his military knowledge and experience to mine.
PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICE, The White House, Washington, D.C.
ADMINISTRATION OFFICE, Rockingham Park, Salem, New Hampshire
RALPH LOCKRIDGE, Public Information Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Los Angeles, California
ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE, Walt Disney World, Florida
RANDALL G. MAGINN, Assistant Vice President--Manager,
Home Savings of America, Alhambra, California branch.
THIS FABULOUS CENTURY, Time Life Books
SABRI EL FARRA, M. D., Medical Director for Columbia Broadcasting System
JAMES W. CONNOR, M. D.
ANDY KNOTT, LEANNA RAJK, MARCY O'BOYLE, of the Press Office of The State Attorney of Cook County, Chicago, Illinois
JERRY GORDON, Vice President Guest Relations, The Desert Inn, Las Vegas, Nevada, for information regarding high-stakes gambling. (RIP)
SAMUEL SIFTON, Las Vegas: An Oasis - American Heritage May/June 1990.
ROBERT BURNS, Boston Pops! - Los Angeles Times, July 1, 1990
KERRY DRAGER, San Diego - The Retired Officer, August 1990
ELAINE SHANNON, New Kings of Coke - TIME, July 1, 1991
PAULA ANSARA, (my niece), a Graphic Designer, who helped in the production of my original cover design on her Mac computer.