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Wed June 24, 2009

The Devil's Tickets: A Night of Bridge, a Fatal Hand, and a New American Age

It's not uncommon to get a little upset when your spouse wins in a card game, but is it worth killing for? Steve Kraske talks with author Gary Pomerantz about his latest book, the setting of which takes place in Kansas City.

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Steve Kraske talks with author Gary Pomerantz about his latest book The Devil's Tickets: A Night of Bridge, a Fatal Hand, and a New American Age.

Set in 1929 the book follows Myrtle Bennett, a glamorous Kansas City housewife who killed her husband over a game of bridge in their Plaza apartment.

They discuss how the book evokes the last echoes of the Roaring 20's and the darkness of the Depression, and look at the tension between husbands and wives that manifests itself at the bridge table-both then and now-in ways surprising and profound.

Additional Information:

Gary Pomerantz is an author and journalist, whose previous works include Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn and Wilt, 1962. He is a lecturer in the Department of Communication at Stanford University.

A 1982 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, with a bachelor's degree in history, Pomerantz served as a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan in 1987-88; there, he studied theater and the Bible. He wrote on staff for The Washington Post during the 1980's and for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution during the 1990's.

He lives today in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife Carrie and their three children.