David Orson Welles (D.W.) is supposedly a distant relative of the great filmmaker Orson Welles and believes he is destined for greatness in Hollywood. His business partner, Primo Salerno is a charismatic jack-of-all-trades and ladies' man whose dream of becoming a small-time Mafiosi has passed him by.
D.W. and his wife Kara are desperate to get pregnant after many years of failed attempts. Their Beverly Hills Doctor-to-the-Stars suggests D.W. cross the border into Mexico to buy discount infertility drugs. D.W. and Primo run into trouble with heroin smuggler Manuel, the King of Tijuana. They also meet Angel, an extraordinary 14-year old girl who has been forced into prostitution. D.W. and Primo rescue Angel, infuriating Manuel, and are forced to hide out in a small mountain village where ancient fertility rituals are still practiced.
Kara becomes increasingly concerned and frustrated about D.W.'s whereabouts. D.W.'s agent Big Mike and aging over-the-hill film star Del Sterling are readying a remake of "the greatest film of all time" but are about to sack D.W. from the director's chair because he has disappeared again.
Everything is on the line and that line is the border.
They must get across the border.
From the red-carpet glamour of Hollywood, to the dangerous border badlands of Mexico, D.W. and Primo discover there is more than one Tijuana Baby, and not all will survive.
Everything in life is a gamble. Don't regret the chance not taken.
This is the maxim of The Player, a professional gambler who rarely loses, usually breaks even and often wins big. He is the perfect paladin of the 21st century - always in the game - always gets the girl - and is always willing to risk it all. Fate and luck in many ways determine the course of The Player's life, but it is in the bets placed, the risks taken, the choices made, where he becomes a man in control of his own destiny. His is a life filled with casino bosses, call girls, college kids, mafia dons, bag ladies, fortunetellers, thieves, kings, queens and movie stars. His is a destiny only a gambler could have.
"The Player, Life is a Gamble," is the first in a series of flash-fiction books of stories 2-3 pages in length, featuring: The Player - the consummate classy gambler. The James Bond of the casino. A man in search of action in a life on the edge, filled with risks.
THE PLAYER, Life is a Gamble is a fun read, to say the least. Author Robert Ross has written a "flash" fiction mini-series that reads in a flash, especially since you can't put the book down. But, while you're moving quickly from story to story, you often WILL put the book down, close your eyes, lean back in your comfortable chair and day-dream about the player--the character--and how your life relates, on whatever plane, to his. After you're done you'll "flash" back, recall and analyse many things in the light of this revealing and intuitive book; in the eyes of the player! ~ Jack E. Tucker
"...an absolute page-turner...only in the end do you learn who the true Tijuana Baby is."--Heather Christena Schmidt, Writer, Blogger & Misanthrope.
"Tijuana Baby is a provocative crime story without all the usual cliché s and pat ending. It's original, powerful and unforgettable." -- Dave Schneider
"Every so often a novel comes along that has a story with a heart and soul. Tijuana Baby is one of those books." -- Laura Truss
"A love story, a buddy movie and a crime thriller all rolled into one fast-paced ride." -- O.C. Hooper
"A breakthrough debut novel. Dark, dangerous and disturbing." -- Emma Russell