Kennedy is a professor in the English department at the State University of New York at Albany. He is the founding director of the New York State Writers Institute and, in 1993, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has received numerous literary awards, including the Literary Lions Award from the New York Public Library, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Governor’s Arts Award. Kennedy was also named Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters in France and a member of the board of directors of the New York State Council for the Humanities.
I normally avoid novels that feature real-life people, unable to suspend belief long enough to forget that an author is putting fictional words into a historical figure’s mouth. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jill
Much better written, and the story is essentially true. What a good writer!. I'm now into the second in his Albany series: Billy Phelan's Greatest Game, which looks to be... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Clipper
I find it somewhat ironic that this "fictionalized" portrait of Jack "Legs" Diamond is far superior to many of the factual biographies of this celebrated mobster which have been... Read morePublished on December 17, 2011 by Michael A. Coluccio
According to Wikipedia, Jack "Legs" Diamond was the "biggest celebrity in Upstate New York" in the Prohibition era. Read morePublished on October 24, 2011 by Ethan Cooper
What struck me while I read this book is how similiar the stories of the gangsters of the 1920's and 1930's are. Read morePublished on November 2, 2010 by C. Irish
"Legs" was the public's nickname for Jack Diamond, an Irish-American bootlegger and gangster of the Twenties who operated in and around New York City and the Catskills. Read morePublished on June 21, 2010 by R. M. Peterson
I had never heard of Jack "Legs" Diamond. I guess growing up in Chicago, we had a surplus of local 1920s Gangsters. Read morePublished on April 13, 2010 by JFlah
I really did want to hate this book.
William Kennedy, in the first of a series of books set in Albany, tells the story of John/Jack/Legs/whatever-you-want-to-call-him... Read more
Jack "Legs" Diamond was not murdered in Albany...he was murdered in a hotel room on 64th Street in New York City on Oct. 30, 1931.Published on April 9, 2008 by billyed