Roscoe

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Penguin Books, Nov 26, 2002 - Fiction - 291 pages
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The first novel from William Kennedy in more than five years and universally acclaimed as his most powerful work since the Pulitzer Prize-winning Ironweed, Roscoe shows Kennedy at his very best. It's V-J Day, the war is over, and Roscoe Conway, after twenty-six years as the second in command of Albany's notorious political machine, decides to quit politics forever. But there's no way out, and only his Machiavellian imagination can help him cope with the erupting disasters. Every step leads back to the past-to the early loss of his true love, the takeover of city hall, the machine's fight with FDR and Al Smith to elect a governor, and the methodical assassination of gangster Jack "Legs" Diamond. "Thick with crime, passion, and backroom banter" (The New Yorker), Roscoe is an odyssey of great scope and linguistic verve, a deadly, comic masterpiece from one of America's most important writers.

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Review: Roscoe (The Albany Cycle #7)

User Review  - Mark Speed - Goodreads

Borderline three-star, going on two. Not my kind of novel - and I'm not the target market - hence a three, rather than a two. I can see the author's done a reasonably good job of creating seedy ... Read full review

Review: Roscoe (The Albany Cycle #7)

User Review  - Tom Burke - Goodreads

It's always fun to read about the fabulously clever as Roscoe certainly is. It surprising to me how much I like this devilishly corrupt character. The downside of the novel is the mechanics invented by Kennedy to bring it all to a ragged conclusion. Read full review

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About the author (2002)

William Kennedy was born and raised in Albany, New York. He began his writing career as a journalist, and his novels have been translated into two dozen languages. His novel Ironweed won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction.

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