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God's Pocket

Dexter, Pete

Published by Random House, 1984
ISBN 10: 0394530578 / ISBN 13: 9780394530574
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Title: God's Pocket

Publisher: Random House

Publication Date: 1984

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket

Edition: 1st Edition.


New York. 1984. Random House. 1st Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 274 pages. hardcover. Inscribed by The Author. 0394530578. keywords: Literature America. inventory # 2607. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Leon Hubbard was a child only a mother could love. He tested everyone he met with dark stories about the things he had cut with his straight razor. You never could be completely sure when he was lying. He talked to himself, saw his enemies everywhere. Even standing still, Leon made other men nervous. Men like his stepfather, Mickey Scarpato, and his construction boss, Coleman Peets. And Old Lucy; a sixty-nine-year-old bricklayer he worked with. Then it went too far. Leon put his razor under Lucy's chin during lunch one day; and the old man picked up a pipe and killed him. And everyone called it an accident. The police, in the person of Calamity Eisenhower, knew something had happened, but as Eisenhower looked around at the construction workers, it came to him to leave it alone. Mickey Scarpato and most everyone else who knew what Leon was like were willing to leave it alone, too. Everybody except Leon's mother, Jeanie. But with Leon, the trouble he caused wouldn't die, even when he did. Mickey lost the funeral money on a horse and found himself carrying Leon's body around in the back of his refrigerator truck until he could figure out something to do with it. It all might have healed itself if local newspaper columnist Richard Shellburn, fading voice of the common man, hadn't decided to resurrect his career by honoring a dead construction worker. Certain writers seem born with an eye for time and place, and an ear for the way ordinary people speak. Pete Dexter is one of them. He is also a storyteller. In this striking debut, he brings to life a whole community of characters as he tells a compulsive story of a murder and its consequences. Bookseller Inventory # 2607

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Synopsis: Leon was a child only a mother could love. He made everyone nervous with his stories about the things he had cut with his razor. But when he cut a 69-year-old bricklayer, the old man picked up a pipe and caved the kid's head in. Everyone, except Leon's mother, called it a accident.

Product Description: With the hard-hitting style of newspaper writers Jimmy Breslin, Mike Royko, and George Higgins, Pete Dexter captures in striking detail a fictional blue-collar Philadelphia neighborhood.

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