A Novel

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"A big-shouldered, big-trouble thriller set in mobbed-up 1920s Chicago--a city where some people knew too much, and where everyone should have known better--by the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of The Untouchables and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Glengarry Glen Ross. Mike Hodge--veteran of the Great War, big shot of the Chicago Tribune, medium fry--probably shouldn't have fallen in love with Annie Walsh. Then, again, maybe the man who killed Annie Walsh have known better than to trifle with Mike Hodge. In Chicago, David Mamet has created a bracing, kaleidoscopic page-turner that roars through the Windy City's underground on its way to a thunderclap of a conclusion. Here is not only his first novel in more than two decades, but the book he has been building to for his whole career. Mixing some of his most brilliant fictional creations with actual figures of the era, suffused with trademark "Mamet Speak," richness of voice, pace, and brio, and exploring--as no other writer can--questions of honor, deceit, revenge, and devotion, Chicago is that rarest of literary creations: a book that combines spectacular elegance of craft with a kinetic wallop as fierce as the February wind gusting off Lake Michigan"-- Provided by publisher.
"A big shouldered, big trouble thriller set in mobbed up 1920s Chicago--a city where some people knew too much, and where everyone should have known better--by the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of THE UNTOUCHABLES and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Custom House, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062797193
Branch Call Number: MAMET
Characteristics: 332 pages ; 24 cm


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Jan 16, 2019

Author is incapable of writing a simple declarative sentence. Perhaps Mamet's writing is better performed than read. I grew tired of the circumlocution and gave up after Chapter 2.

Dec 07, 2018

Couldn't get through 20 pages, due to contorted, pretentious dialogue. Life is too short to waste on books like this.

Sep 14, 2018

An engrossing tale of love and mystery along the hard streets of Prohibition Chicago. O'Banion and Capone tussle with one another, while the cops remain on the periphery of the crime-laced society. One veteran of the Great War, a reporter for the Tribune, stalks the dens of iniquity, and delves ever deeper into the fog of everyday business in the town.
Mamet's characteristically rich use of language and primal dialogue drive the emotional content of the tale, and paint a gritty image of this iconic slice of past American life.


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