A Boardwalk Story
J. Louis Yampolsky evokes the days when Atlantic City was the “Playground of the World”.
1939. The tenth year of the Great Depression in America. Europe teeters on the brink of war. In Atlantic City, New Jersey – a seashore resort town that springs to life every summer – Jack Laurel comes of age.
At 15, Jack’s life is turned upside down by an almost magical convergence of people and events.
A mysterious boardwalk entertainer inspires a love of literature, a feud with neighborhood bullies escalates, and innocence is lost. Jack stumbles into commodities trading with two men: one a reclusive mystic, the other a charismatic pitchman and mathematical savant.
The musings of a boardwalk fortuneteller set the three partners up to reap unimagined profits — but a house of cards is about to come down around them and, with it, the wrath of an iron-fisted crime boss.