James Grady Steeltown

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Though brought in from the outside to fight the corruption and dishonesty afflicting the city, Jackson Cain is discovered to be a native of Steeltown, and many suspect he has some old scores to settle

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Thugs and corrupt officials have taken over Steeltown, a once-prosperous manufacturing city somewhere in America's Rust Belt. Since would-be reformers have failed to clean up the mess, an elderly business tycoon who once ran the town as his personal fiefdom hires Jackson Cain to return control to its alleged rightful ownersthe old-line business oligarchy. Eventually, the town and all of its institutions collapse into utter chaos, as does the personality of Cain, the protagonist. This novel reads like the sort of Hollywood Western in which a hard man comes to rescue a beleaguered community from bad elements. Those old movies, however, were fundamentally optimistic in their assumption that the weakness that necessitated the rescue was simply the fragility of youth: the audience knew, comfortably, that civilized society would be reconstituted. Grady ( Flight of the Condor ), on the other hand, is profoundly pessimistic, writing from the premise that American society is irremediably failing. The book also evinces a distasteful contempt for reformers and a tendency to portray the mass of ordinary citizens as a mere herd.
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The author of Six Days of the Condor has written an icy thriller, packed with suspense and a cynical view of politics and corruption and the greed that fuels both. Jackson Cain's "firm" is hired by Steeltown's richest man to try to regain control of the once prosperous jewel of the rust belt. Sharing power at present are the chief of police, the mayor, and a gangster. Cain sets up a gleefully wicked sting that brings nearly everyone and everything in town to ruin. Characterizations are not really deep, but the pace is supersonic and the dialogue sharp. Only in the closing pages does the apocalypse strain credibility. The sharp insights into a steel town are all bull's eyes, however, and readers will enjoy this.Robert H. Donahugh, Youngstown and Mahoning Cty. P.L., Ohio
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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