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.
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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