Somebody Owes Me Money (1969) – Random House

A common introductory phrase for the might-have-been conditional sentence is “I bet…” I bet if this had happened, then that wouldn’t have happened; that sort of thing. It came into my head one day that the guy saying that phrase was a gambler, which would mean he would have a gambler’s tale of woe to tell. Come over here, I told him, not yet knowing him, I’ll listen to your tale of woe. The result was Somebody Owes Me Money, a story toward which I’ve always had a soft spot. I’m delighted to see it back in the world. And the girl on the cover is just exactly what I had in mind. I bet… ~DEW


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