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A vote for Vince,
This review is from: Citizen Vince: A Novel (Hardcover)
As wise-guy stories go, this one is uncommonly thoughtful. Walter's sardonic and suspenseful story -- about a small-time crook trying to go straight -- is populated with a cast of vividly drawn, constantly unpredictable characters. Wait until you meet the off-kilter Det. Charles, to name just one. Yet Walter adds another, deeper layer. He infuses the story with a running meditation on the importance of one vote in a democracy. Vince Camden had his voting rights taken away as a felon, but now he has a new identity in the witness protection program and he's free to vote in the 1980 election. But why should he bother? And who should he bother to vote for, Reagan or Carter? Walter smoothly turns these election-year questions into metaphors for the issues in Vince's life. Crooked or straight? Petty selfishness or civic responsibility? Mobbed up in New York or mowing the lawn in Spokane? As it turns out, one vote doesn't affect the outcome, but it sure has an impact on the guy casting the vote.