Bob Steele, author of "The Curse: Big-Time Gambling's Seduction of a Small New England Town," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, at the New Canaan Library.

Set against the backdrop of the actual events of Connecticut's 1990s casino boom, "The Curse" reaches far back in history to 1637 and the massacre of the Pequot Indians. A curse is delivered in revenge by a Pequot sachem to the young English soldier who is about to kill him. Fast forward approximately 350 years, when that soldier's descendant, Josh Williams, becomes enmeshed in a battle to stop a newly-formed Indian tribe from establishing a third casino and threatening the quality of life in his ancestral small town.

Steele is vice chairman of an international retail marketing agency and has been a director of numerous companies. A graduate of Amherst College and Columbia University, he served in the Central Intelligence Agency and Congress, and was a candidate for governor of Connecticut.

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