The Next Sure Thing
by Richard Wagamese
Narrated by Billy Merasty
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Pub Date 30 Jan 2022 | Archive Date 04 Mar 2022
Cree Thunderboy wants nothing less than to be the next great blues man. But, playing to tiny audiences in shabby rooms like Shelly’s Crab Shack, his career is stalled. Then at the race track he meets Win Hardy, a seemingly charming rogue who spots Cree’s knack for picking winning horses. He offers to record his first CD and send him on tour, as long as Cree can keep coming up with the hot tips at the track.
Things are looking good for Cree until he discovers Win’s connections to the mob and his violent response to anything that doesn’t go his way. And when things inevitably go bad, Cree discovers that in life and in gambling there is never really the next sure thing.
|2 Hours, 7 Minutes
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 9 members
The Next Sure Thing is a short but fascinating story and Billy Merasty did a great job as the voice of Cree Thunderboy in this new audiobook edition. Thunderboy is a First Nations blues musician who has a side talent for picking winning racehorses. He meets a man named Win Hardy at the track who offers him a recording contract in exchange for helping him place winning bets.. this all sounds too good to be true, and sure enough, it is. Win turns out to be a mobster and I was wondering how Thunderboy was going to get out of this situation but you can always trust Richard Wagamese to dig into the true human nature and come up with creative results! All his books are beautiful, interesting and educational and this short story is no different. I am truly sorry that he is no longer with us but feel lucky to still be able to enjoy and learn from his writing. Thank you to NetGalley and Bespeak Audio Editions for allowing me to listen to an advance copy of this audiobook in exchange for my honest review.