The Investment Club
Doug Cooper’s The Investment Club is at once a fun and compelling read that draws the reader in. Beginning at a blackjack table, the story of five broken strangers comes to us from the eyes and ears of an omniscient blackjack dealer. We watch the characters separately and together, as their lives shift and mold, until they have formed first a tentative friendship and then a solid and comforting family.
From their first encounter, when the strangers can band together in mutual dislike and disgust for a member of what will eventually be their core group, to the last encounter, where they’re banded together with the memories of a group member lingering between them, The Investment Club is more than a book about Las Vegas and the people who go there, and is instead a book about friends and human nature. We get a look into the lives of these five people, each bringing their own shadowy past and current demons. The characters feel real and authentic, and their interactions with each other are believable and as heartening as they are maddening. The reader can cheer for the good fortune and happy moments and despair for the tragedies each character faces, all while reveling in the shades of gray each of us are made up of.
There’s no good versus evil here; the story is one of humanity. People, who do good more often than they do evil, which makes it a story of hope. The Investment Club is an excellent book, and the accompanying discussion questions make it a natural choice for book clubs.
Rare Bird Books