Mamet, who's won the Pulitzer Prize for his screenplay writing, doesn't write a lot of novels, so this was one I was looking forward to and it didn't disappoint. The book is set in prohibition era Chicago and it's the gritty story of a reporter who is faced with a murder mystery that means more to him than just a story for the paper. What makes a great novel for me is dialogue and Mamet is a virtuoso. Don't expect a lot of narration as the story is told through the characters' words and actions, but I enjoyed it as a great gangster novel filled with underworld characters and a plot that moves along swiftly. (Bob)— From Staff Picks
Jackie Weiss, Mike Hodge wrote, had died of a broken heart, it being broken by several slugs from a .45 . . .
From his perch at the Chicago Tribune, Mike Hodge--scarred veteran of the Great War--had gotten to know the underbelly of the metropolis like few others. Politicians, gangsters, prostitutes, bootleggers, opium addicts, jazz musicians and con artists-- he'd observed them all. So perhaps he should have known better when he fell for Annie Walsh, whose family was deeply involved with the mob.
Then, again, maybe the man who killed Annie Walsh should have known better than to trifle with Mike Hodge.
A big shouldered, big trouble thriller set in a mobbed up 1920s Windy City, Chicago is the first novel in more than two decades from David Mamet, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of The Untouchables and Wag the Dog; and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Glengarry Glen Ross. Across the canvas of a city, peopled exclusively by the corrupt, the cynical, and the deceived, Mamet crafts a wicked and tough saga of retribution and double-cross. Mixing some of his most brilliant fictional creations with actual figures of the era (among them Al Capone), he explores--as no writer can--questions of honor, deceit, devotion and revenge.
Set in his hometown, Chicago is the book that David Mamet has been building up to for his whole career. From its opening fusillade to its astonishing conclusion, Chicago is that rarest of literary creations: a book that combines spectacular elegance of craft with a kinetic wallop as fierce as the February wind gusting off Lake Michigan.