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  • They had raised their grandson Stephen Drew, one of the best security guards on the ship, since his parents died when he was a boy.


  • “Most heads-up matches were arranged in a five-minute phone call,” explained George “Rummy” DelFranco, who knew all the best cardplayers and pool hustlers in New York.

    One of a Kind

  • That morning, he had received from his handicapper, Richie Buller, who was acknowledged as one of the best horse-race men in Las Vegas, a small slip of paper containing the combinations that Buller liked for the Pick Six races.

    One of a Kind

  • Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

    The Courage To Be Christian

  • He figured that maybe the best place to start was on the practice putting green, a small patch of close-shaven grass near the clubhouse.

    One of a Kind

  • But some of his defenders insist it was just his conditioning, what he was accustomed to seeing back in New York, and later in Vegas, where even the best poker players, legendary figures like Puggy Pearson and Johnny Moss, were notorious for their brutal treatment of dealers.

    One of a Kind

  • I can work a plasteel seamer with the best of the construction workers.


  • Back in Texas, me and Doyle were partners with Sailor Roberts, who was one of the best men I ever knew.

    One of a Kind

  • Manhattan North, the best homicide squad in the city, maybe even in the whole country, investigated the Marilyn Hyde case for seven weeks but found no trace of the man in the subway.

    The Killing Kind

  • One of the two 139-pounders would emerge from the twelve-round bout as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

    One of a Kind


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