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The Sunday Macaroni Club: A Novel Hardcover – June 2, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt; 1st edition (June 2, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0151002649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0151002641
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #524,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Lopez, a Philadelphia Inquirer columnist and author of Third and Indiana (Viking, 1994), brings good-ol'-boy, big-city politics to life in his second novel. Sharp young prosecutor Lisa Savitch escapes from Boston after a scandalous affair and joins the district attorney's office in Philly. She and retired FBI agent Mike Muldoon attempt to expose the shady deals of a colorful gang of characters who call themselves the Sunday Macaroni Club and are led by ex-con, ex-senatorial boss Augie Sangiamino. Needing campaign financing for his two no-good candidates, Augie accepts surreptitious contributions from Liberty Oil, a polluter pummeled by the press for a recent spate of cancer deaths among neighborhood children. While depicting political loyalty and betrayal, Lopez also shines a saucy sidelight into Lisa's romantic life. Engaging and fun, this novel is recommended for all fiction collections.
-?Sheila Riley, Smithsonian Inst. Libs., Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

In this humorous portrayal of political corruption and corporate greed, Lopez, columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, provides a story filled with convincing characterizations and memorable events. Philadelphia assistant district attorney Lisa Savitch, a beautiful, intensely bitter, chain-smoking marathon runner with a tough demeanor, has been assigned to collar the "Sunday Macaroni Club," five members of a down-and-out South Philadelphia political machine. Augie Sangiamano, ex-con and former U.S. Senator, is the longtime leader of the club, trying desperately to grab some vestige of his former power. While Savitch is looking into the case (and bewitching the FBI agent assigned to work with her), she discovers a link between the club and a local oil company that is releasing toxic fumes into neighborhoods where suspicious numbers of children are dying of leukemia. Before this investigation is through, there will be two murders, surprising twists and turns, and a satisfying conclusion to this imaginative, entertaining work. Kathleen Hughes

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chandler Phillips on October 2, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is one of those books that actually makes you feel for the characters. It revolves around a small-time politician and his devoted assistant/henchman. The tone it's written in, and the blend of humor and pathos will make is a very special experience for anyone who reads it. I read it three years ago and still remember scenes and lines in it. I wish Steve Lopez would write more books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3, 1999
Format: Hardcover
By pure luck I stumbled upon this at my local library. Sorry, Amazon! (I will buy a paperback to send to a friend.) It is rare, for me, to read a book where you are rooting for BOTH THE GOOD AND BAD GUYS!! Steve Lopez is a find and I will get more of his books.ElliottB@mindspring
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By avdr on April 7, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
this book about an attorney living in philadelphia and working on a case about a an oil caompany thats been polluting the city.this book manages to keep you interested from page one and the story keeps you laughing as well.the ending will satisfy you as well.highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 16, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As a displaced Philadelphian, The Sunday Macaroni Club was a trip through the old neighborhood. Lopez writes about Philadelphia, its people, and its politics, like a master. I wonder, though, if a non-Philadelphian might not be lost.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 4, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Since I work in Philadelphia, it was great to get Steve's "insights" into Philly politics. His terrific cast of characters seem to be right out of stories we read about our local mob and politicos--not a surprise, since Steve did some great writing for the "Philadelphia Inquirer". I loaned my copy to a friend who wondered why the cogressional committees couldn't figure out the campaign financing "irregularities." "The Sunday Macaroni Club" should be required reading for the committee members
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More About the Author

Steve Lopez is a columnist for the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of The Sunday Macaroni Club and Third and Indiana. He has been an editor-at-large for Time magazine and has also written for the Philadelphia Inquirer. He lives in Los Angeles.

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