About the novel – Gambling, Saratoga, The Mob, in the aftermath of WWII

Over a series of weeks in July of 1987, a dying man sits alone in his apartment. Racing against his imminent death, he tape records a tale of blackmail, deception, and double cross involving the mob and New York’s social elite. Twenty years later, the tapes are played for the first time and his son listens to his father’s unexpected and increasingly horrifying confession of his unwilling ride taken on the night of August 16, 1954. His father’s companion was an arsonist and the two men’s destination is the infamous Piping Rock Casino in Saratoga Springs, New York.

The Burning of The Piping Rock is set against the backdrop of the US Senator Kefauver’s efforts throughout 1949-1951 to destroy the hubs of organized crime in America. This included Saratoga Springs, where America’s high society and the mob mingled amidst the glamour of the race track and illegal casinos, yielding a brew of illicit money and corruption. The book is based upon the actual, still-unsolved arson of The Piping Rock Casino. The ride of the two men exposes their very different backgrounds, shaped and misshaped by the Great Depression, the Second World War, and Saratoga Springs. The Burning of The Piping Rock brings them together in way neither could have predicted . . .  or wanted.


6 responses to “About the novel – Gambling, Saratoga, The Mob, in the aftermath of WWII

  1. I just heard the interview on WCKM at 7:49 am where can I pucharse this book is it available online . I am working on my genealogy and history of my family that was in Saratoga Springs NY and Washington County NY


    • Hi Tee!

      Thank you so much for your message! Sorry to be so long in reply! The book will be available in about a week. I’m just waiting for the printer to ship some. You will be able to buy it directly from me. I will post on this site when it’s available and what the total price ($10.95 plus tax and shipping) will be. My wife will email you, too.

      Appreciate your interest!

      Joe Cutshall-King


  2. I want one too!


  3. N. Abbott-Hourigan

    I’ve been anticipating this book for quite some time now! So thrilled that it is published and available. Cutshall-King is a fine writer and I’m sure this is going to be a great read. Looking forward to spending the remainder of the winter with another good novel!


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