|Fontana SF paperback, 1979. Cover artist uncredited.|
"when empires hung on the turn of a card...Cheyne Scarne was a gambler - a lucky one. What he didn't know about randomatics wasn't worth knowing. He had the brains to get to the heart of the Grand Wheel - the syndicate that controlled all illegal activity in the planets under human control.
But what Scarne had staked to get that far was chickenfeed compared to what he would risk to get into the real big time - the massive intergalactic combine that dwarfed the empires of mere men. For Scarne, double crossing at every deal, had laid his life on the line to win a game where no one knew the value of the cards and the rules changed with every trick!"