A Killer Hand

Devil's Tickets book coverMyrtle Bennet shot her man dead over a bridge game. Myrtle called Jack a bum player, Jack slapped her in front of guests and the next thing anyone knew, Myrtle had a gun and Jack was dead. When the trial hit, Fightin’ Jim Reed defended Myrtle. We come to find there’s more to Jack’s demise than a smack. Jack hadn’t been a faithful husband. During Myrtle’s high-profile trial, Ely Culbertson, the “Barnum of Bridge,” stirred the public’s passion for the card game framing it as a battle between the sexes. The Devil’s Tickets is the nonfiction tale of not only a murder, but a newly modern nation’s frenzy over bridge.