Ever wanted to get revenge against a casino where you lost? Dex did! Revenge – an obsessive all-consuming thirst for revenge – is the theme of Late Bet, set in Las Vegas and London. “Having lived in both these great cities, setting this thriller against a background of the shady side of casino life was a no-brainer,” Douglas explains. “Casinos can provide huge enjoyment but suppose you, yes you, were cheated when playing roulette? Suppose too that you were ruined, totally busted by the casino’s fraud. How would you feel?”
That is what happens to Dex, an impetuous and naïve roulette player. Ignoring the dangers of taking on such powerful forces, Dex wants revenge by destroying a glitzy mega-resort on the Las Vegas Strip as well as the discreet Dukes casino in London’s Mayfair.
Dex involves Scotty Brannigan, a Las Vegas based Grand Prix racing driver and meets Tiffany Richmond, a lithesome BBC-TV reporter and the outrageous Jude, a nurse from Australia. Completing his complex group is Mark, a cocaine addict and brilliant blackjack card-counter.
Dex races through time zones as the action switches between London and Vegas, Scotland, Washington, the French Riviera, a Caribbean hideaway and Grand Prix races in Monaco, Spa in Belgium and the Brickyard at Indianapolis. Murders and suspense abound as the casino bosses fight dirty to the breathless end.