‘Overlay’ by Barry N. Malzberg (1972)
A science fiction novel that taught me more about horse racing and the mindset of people who are addicted to betting on horses than I ever thought I’d know (or care to). But I was taken in and held tight by the story the entire way thru.
“It is understood that the use these people make of “astrology” is megalomaniacal and insane.” (p. 35)
“He is very prone to fantasies…and allows then to create more internal disorder then, possibly, they are worth. Most of (his) problems come from the fact that…he has an imagination and compulsion far beyond the reach of his sensibility.” (p. 69)