Destiny at Bay
Mollo (Victor)
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BOOK ABSTRACT:

Back Cover Blurb

  1. In this, the fifth title in the Menagerie series, you meet again the Rueful Rabbit, luckiest of mortals, with an unscrupulous guardian angel at his side; Karapet, the unluckiest player on this side of the equator - and the other side too, of course; Charlie the Chimp, the black sheep of the family; and Walter the Walrus, the point-count specialist. With Papa's arrogance, the Toucan's humility, the Secretary Bird's pedantry and Molly the Mule's rampant feminism, they make every deal vibrate and sparkle. The Hideous Hog remains all but insufferable as he clashes daily with destiny, and in the final episode confronts the prince of darkness himself.
  2. Victor Mollo was not only the greatest ever bridge humorist - he was also the author of some timeless instructional works such as "Mollo (Victor) & Gardener (Nico) - Card Play Technique: Or, the Art of Being Lucky" and "Mollo (Victor) - Case for the Defence".

Contents
    Preface - 7
  1. Overture - 9
  2. The Hog in Charge
    • Bending the Odds - 14
    • 7NT on One of Two Finesses - 17
    • A Sadly Neglected Art - 20
  3. The Guardian Angel
    • The Trump Discard - 25
    • Problems Too Easy to Solve - 28
    • The Guardian Angel Works Overtime - 31
    • The Rabbit's Percentage Play - 33
    • The Rabbit Philosophises - 36
    • An Auto-Smother Play - 40
    • Declarer's Market - 43
    • A Raspberry for the Rabbit - 47
    • Mystery of the Missing Ace - 49
    • The Rabbit's Sacrifice - 51
  4. The Salamander Cup
    • The Rabbit Learns American - 55
    • The Third Man - 57
    • Enter the Chimp - 60
  5. H.H. as Dummy
    • Grand Slam with an Overtrick - 62
    • Noblesse Oblige - 65
  6. Karapet and the Witch
    • The Gloating Kibitzer - 69
    • Papa Loses the Ace of Trumps - 71
    • Karapet's Lucky Hand - 74
    • The Unforgivable Insult - 77
  7. H.H. versus Papa
    • Papa Teaches the Hog a Lesson - 81
    • A Slam on a No-Way Finesse - 84
    • The Snipper Snipped - 86
    • A Trick out of the Blue - 87
    • Flight of the Aces - 89
    • Five Bottoms Below Average - 92
    • West v. South-East - 93
    • Papa's Deal with the Hog - 96
    • A Bottom for East, West and North
    • An Unusual Transfer Squeeze
    • An Embarrassing Entry
    • The Hog Libelled
  8. H.H. versus R.R.
    • The Hog Pulls the Wrong Card
    • Coup out of the Blue
    • How many Wrongs make a Right?
    • Woe to the Winners
    • 7NT on a Trump Squeeze
  9. Enter the Ladies
    • A Squeeze Without a Name
    • Trade Union for Kibitzers
  10. The Hog goes Cruising
    • The General and his Bird
    • A Splendid Passenger
    • Variations on a Classical Theme
    • Hiding the Lady
    • The Hog's Nightmare
    • A Cheque Bounces Back
    • Storms at Sea
    • Improper Advantage of a Proper Pause
  11. Ethics, Etiquette and Other Things
    • A Flurry of Writs
    • Man Bites Crocodile
    • A Duty to Partner
    • The Hog Plays Double-Dummy
    • A Pack Without a King
    • Black is White
    • An Undisclosed Convention
    • The Judgment of Solomon
    • Coup of the Green Chartreuse
    • Avoiding an Endplay
    • Declarer's Threat to Dummy
    • Cynical Suit Signals
  12. Monster Points
    • Multiple Vandalism
    • Balanced Freaks
  13. The Prince of Darkness
  14. Epilogue

BOOK COMMENT:

Batsford, London, Second Edition, 2001



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