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"It’s a city of bottom feeders. With no bottom." Assistant District Attorney Lisa Savitch has a problem. Her boss wants her to nail the Sunday Macaroni Club-five remnants of the old political machine led by Augie Sangiamino, a former U.S. Senator with a conviction for fraud, now a political consultant. Why are these has-beens so important when there are children in Philadelphia dying of leukemia in the vicinity of an oil refinery? As for Augie, it's like he says at grace on Sunday: "We thank you, Lord, for this wonderful macaroni dinner. But we could use a little help, to tell you the truth, in this campaign." His two candidates are way behind in the polls, and he needs a miracle, divine or otherwise, to reverse the trend. Miracles, of course, cost money, and that's where the Sunday Macaroni Club dives into a glorious-and usually hilarious-carnival of greed, ambition, and self-preservation. Its hoorifying politics are democracy in America, and few people understand those better than Steve Lopez or have more fun painting them large. The characters of The Sunday Macaroni Club spill off the page with a furious energy and unexpected decency-by turns appalling, alluring, and endearing, they are altogether unforgettable.
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Steve Lopez is a columnist for the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of two previous novels, The Sunday Macaroni Club and Third and Indiana. He has been an editor-at-large for Time magazine and has also written for the Philadelphia Inquirer. He lives in Los Angeles.From AudioFile:
This roman ˆ clef of Philadelphia lowlife boasts sharp characterizations, a reporter's eye for detail and fascinating digression, buckets of local color and tubs of good-natured humor. The plot concerns an assistant D.A. who must set aside vital public business when ordered to pursue a gaggle of aging, no-longer-threatening mobsters. The tone is Runyunesque. Steven Bauer has a homely, slightly adenoidal voice with the gravelly sound of one on the last leg of a long debauch. The effect is appropriate and oddly winning. He has a lot of fun with the dialogue but gives some sloppy line readings of the narrative. Y.R. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Harcourt Childrens Books, Orlando, FL, 1997. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Very nice 1st printing. Multiple copies available this title. Quantity Available: 10. ISBN: 0151002649. ISBN/EAN: 9780151002641. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: ABE571520742. Seller Inventory # ABE571520742
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