Monsieur X

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Monsieur X

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Author :   Jamie Reid
Publisher :   Bloomsbury Publishing
Published :   07/03/2019
ISBN :   9781472942302
Format :   Paperback
Pages :   xi, 308 , 16 unnumbered of plates
Size (mm) :   198x129x14
Weight (g) :   252

Patrice des Moutis was a handsome, charming and well-educated Frenchman with an aristocratic family, a respectable insurance business, and a warm welcome in the smartest Parisian salons. He was also a compulsive gambler and illegal bookie. Between the...   Read more
Patrice des Moutis was a handsome, charming and well-educated Frenchman with an aristocratic family, a respectable insurance business, and a warm welcome in the smartest Parisian salons. He was also a compulsive gambler and illegal bookie. Between the late 1950s and the early 1970s, he made a daring attempt to beat the French state-run betting system. His success so alarmed the authorities that they repeatedly changed the rules of betting in an effort to stop him. And so a battle of wills began, all played out on the front pages of daily newspapers as the general public willed Patrice des Moutis on to ever-greater successes. He remained one step ahead of the state until finally the government criminalised his activities, driving him into the arms of the underworld. Eventually the net began to close, high-profile characters found themselves the target of the state's investigation, and people began turning up dead.