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Jess Walter, who steps back in history for his third novel, brings back an "utterly inventive" tale of crime and politics (Washington Post). Walter, whose previous books include Land of the Blind and a non-fiction account of the Ruby Ridge massacre, Every Knee Shall Bow, seems to have found his stride as a novelist. Critics praise the authors ability to straddleor shatterthe conceits of the mystery novel, while offering a sincere, at times hilarious, rumination on the challenges of citizenship and the price of freedom. Except for the Seattle Timess vote against the stream of consciousness chapters that delve into Reagan and Carters minds, the pundits all agree: Citizen Vince is the real deal.
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It's October 1980, and laid-back loner Vince Camden never misses a morning making maple bars at the doughnut shop he manages in Spokane, Washington. And he rarely misses a night relieving locals of their bankrolls at an after-hours poker game, selling his hooker pals pot at cost, and running a lucrative credit-card theft ring. Vince has landed in eastern Washington via the witness-protection plan, and he is starting to like the simple pleasures, including receiving his first voter-registration card. So even when a hit man, a local cop, and Mob-boss-in-waiting John Gotti get Vince in their crosshairs, he keeps trying to figure out if he should pull the lever for Reagan or Carter. This tale of unlikely redemption works because of Walter's virtuoso command of character and dialogue--along with a wicked second-act twist. The novel is also a gritty love letter to Spokane and all the other second-tier cities where residents don't realize how good they've got it, and with its Capara-like spirit, it serves as a surprisingly satisfying antidote to the avalanche of cynical chatter emanating from this year's political campaigns and commentators. Frank Sennett
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Vince Camden has a good thing going in Spokane.
It's 1980 - eight days before the presidential election - and Vince is comfortable in his job making donuts, comfortable... Read more
Great edgy novel about personal change, redemption and socially responsible citizenship.Published 3 months ago by Deana Burns
It was a good read but I hated the ending. What a gutless guy Vince turned out to be.Published 4 months ago by Big Dog 69
I enjoyed two previous Walter books (Beautiful Ruins and Financial Lives of the Poets), so I enthusiastically ordered this book as it had gotten overall good reviews. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Videobarbs
Liked the book. It's rather different from what I expected, but goodPublished 6 months ago by Sasha Karagaeva
Jess Walter is unique and I love his voice. I read Beautiful Ruins first, but have now been back-tracking. Great fun but lots to ponder about life.Published 6 months ago by Laurie J Fundukian