Books: Lady Luck

IT ONLY HURTS A Ml UTE by Don M. Mankicewicz. 312 pages. Putnam. $5.95.

As he stands shaving himself on his 40th birthday, Lew White has to acknowledge the fact that he is strictly a tinhorn. He has been many things in his life—honor student, salesman, husband —but the only thing Lew has ever been full time is a compulsive gambler. Somewhere along the line he has lost his nerve. Now he is only a house player for a California casino, holding cards and shooting craps for hourly wages.

But one predawn morning a golden hussy named Lisa Fortune comes gliding into Lew's...

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