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Historical Fiction: This is a coming of age story during the heart of the depression. Young Bob Rowland, only seventeen, but mature beyond his years makes his way by hiring in as belhop in Houstons Whitestone hotel, housing nefarious characters,MoreHistorical Fiction: This is a coming of age story during the heart of the depression. Young Bob Rowland, only seventeen, but mature beyond his years makes his way by hiring in as belhop in Houstons Whitestone hotel, housing nefarious characters, but primarily fucntions as a high stakes gambling house.Through his wits and the help of a Houstin cabbie named Rocco, he wins the favor of Tony Peppo, owner and operator of the famous Peppos Grotto located on Galvestons seawall and jutting 600 feet into the Gulf of Mexico.After hiring a man named Barney. who previously worked in the Grotto, Rowland learns enough of the nuances of the crap game played in the hidden casiono in the center of the Grotto to maximize his odds of winning. Growing a Boston Blackie pencil thin moustache, he passes for a much older man. Lady Luck set on his shoulder in the no limit game and he wins over $100,000,equal to over a million dollars in current money.Rowland is ambitious, finds Tony Peppo a decent man at heart whose main business is oil and gas in Texas. Originally trying to parlay his winnings into a lease arrangement of the poker room at the Grotto, Tony suggest instead that he learn the Oil and Gas business and work for him, perhaps even giving hhis a particpative share of new deals.In Houston, where Tonys O&G operations are headquartered, he meets a young girl his age (seventeen, turning eighteen in October of 1933).This is a fictionilized account of places and events that actually happened, only the names are changed. History abounds in this book, along with a compelling young love story.