Loser Takes All
Bertram had no belief in luck. He was not superstitious. A conspicuously unsuccessful assistant accountant, he was planning to get married for the second time. Quite quietly: St Luke's, Maida Hill, and then two weeks in Bournemouth. But Dreuther, a director of Bertram's firm, whimsically switches wedding and honeymoon to Monte Carlo. Inevitably Bertram visits the Casino. Inevitably he loses. Then suddenly his system starts working . . .
‘A superb storyteller . . . Greene had a talent for depicting local colour, which he gathered at first hand; a keen sense of the dramatic; an eye for dialogue and skill in pacing his prose’ – The New York Times