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Jun 08, 2004
| ISBN 9780375712975
Dec 18, 2007
| ISBN 9780307425409
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Jun 08, 2004 | ISBN 9780375712975
Dec 18, 2007 | ISBN 9780307425409
Some might say that Crumbtown isn’t a place. It’s a state of mind. And for the residents of this sinking, stinking, carcinogenic, potholed neighborhood, “There’s bad luck in the world, and then there’s crumbluck.” But for Don Reedy, a true victim of this phenomenon, his crumbluck is about to change. Sentenced to 15 years in prison after a botched armed robbery, Don is paroled early when a television producer decides to turn Don’s tragic story into a television show. Back in Crumbtown and working as a special consultant on the shoot, Don wrestles with delusional actors, pines for a beautiful Russian bartender, and reunites with cops and accomplices alike. But when the opportunity presents itself, Don decides to do something really daring: He robs the re-enactment of his legendary robbery. With the cameras rolling and the line between television and reality blurring, the hunt for Don—and a ratings coup—is on.
Joe Connelly is the author of Bringing Out the Dead, which was made into a film by Martin Scorsese. A native of New York City, he now lives in the Adirondacks with his wife and family.
"Scathing social commentary. . . . At a time when reality itself is a style, the truths revealed in fiction are all the more indispensable." —The New York Times Book Review “Funny . . . not to mention original and surprising . . . smart, engaging.” –The Washington Post“Crumbtown is a playful romp. . . . All hell is breaking loose, and lively and entertaining hell it is." –The Boston Globe“A masterly comic triumph.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch“[Crumbtown] showcases Connelly’s knack for humor and snappy, cinematic prose.” —The San Francisco Chronicle
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