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On a Blanket with My Baby (Plus SIGNED LETTER)

Kent, Bill

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ISBN 10: 0312118708 / ISBN 13: 9780312118709
Published by St. Martin's Press, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1995
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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1st Edition/1st Printing. Includes laid-in a three page typed SIGNED letter from author talking about his work including 'On A Blanket'; 'Down by the Sea' and 'Under the Boardwalk'. Fine copy with associated letter. Bookseller Inventory # 010235

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Title: On a Blanket with My Baby (Plus SIGNED ...

Publisher: St. Martin's Press, New York, NY, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine


Edition: 1st Edition

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Little Louis Monroe is an anomaly in Atlantic City: a truly honest cop in a town eroded by corruption, from the gutters to the executive offices in its showy casinos. He's a combination of Candide and Don Quixote: He continues to believe that right can prevail if only he tries hard enough.
Although still painfully convalescing from a near-fatal encounter with his enemies (Down by the Sea), Monroe is determined to stop a proposed redevelopment project that will benefit no one but the dishonest politicians and operators doing their best to push it through. His wife, presumably the realist of the pair, thinks he's out of his mind, and takes a job in the casino that is at the center of the evil he is fighting. The only bright side of that is that it gives him the opportunity to enjoy the care of her infant, to whom Louis is more of a parent than the child's mother.
Is Louis Monroe unreal? His idealism and integrity may be rare, but Bill Kent has created a reality that is at least as compelling as today's news, and as colorful and glitzy as the city he writes about. Whatever befalls Louis Monroe - and plenty does - he is an unlikely but convincing symbol of hope for us all. He's playing with danger, and he knows it, but armed with high purpose and native smarts, he's stubbornly determined to take his chances.
Kent's newspaperman's knowledge of the seaside city that changed from a genteel resort to a gambling center infuses his books with absolute reality; reading them is like seeing cinema verite with a lovable, admirable hero tilting at the windmills of corruption and greed.

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There's surely a good novel somewhere in the dark underbelly of Atlantic City, but this isn't it. Young, straight-arrow cop Louis Monroe, seen before in Down By the Sea, is severely beaten by some of the city's sleazier underworld figures. Then Councilman Harry "the Toad" Todesco, a corrupt pol who's afraid that Louis may recall the nasty secrets the beating was meant to make him forget, gets the plucky pint-sized (5'2") hero suspended. While Louis aims to get his job back, his wife, Ellie, an ex-prostitute moving up the corporate casino ladder and the daughter of Louis's department mentor, is growing distant (and maybe sleeping with her boss). Louis derives platonic support from the Toad's daughter, Beth, who drives a tow truck. Together, they're instrumental in earning the gratitude of a truly crude drug kingpin, who is the chief financial backer of a developer favored by the casinos and pols. The action scenes, indoors and out, are mostly leaden; the corruption is standard variety; and, after the plot's overly ornate permutations, the ending is sappy.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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