Title: God's Pocket
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: 1984
Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket
Edition: 1st Edition.
New York. 1984. Random House. 1st Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 60. 274 pages. hardcover. Inscribed by The Author. 0394530578. keywords:. 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
Synopsis: NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE
In this striking debut from the author of the National Book Award winner Paris Trout, Pete Dexter chronicles a murder and its consequences in the fictional blue-collar Philadelphia neighborhood of God?s Pocket.
Leon Hubbard makes other men nervous, talking to himself or anyone who will listen about the things he?s cut with his straight razor. So when he crosses the wrong guy on a South Philly construction site and winds up with his head caved in, everyone is content to bury the bad news with the body. Everyone, that is, except Leon?s mother?and a local newspaper columnist hoping the story will resurrect his career. Only a mother could love a man like Leon. But only an outsider could expect to change anything in God?s Pocket.
Praise for God?s Pocket
?Riveting . . . a first-class first novel . . . highlighted by superior writing, dialogue that rings true, and a highly believable background.??Associated Press
?God?s Pocket sings, snarls, mugs, wisecracks, buys you a drink, steals your wallet, and takes you home to meet the folks.??Richard Price
?My own favorite among Mr. Dexter?s work remains God?s Pocket, which I continue to admire for its rich, well-nigh Dickensian mixture of verisimilitude, real-life absurdity, horror and romance.??Robert Stone, The New York Times Book Review
?Rollicking . . . a tough Philadelphia neighborhood comes to life in these pages.??Playboy
About the Author: Pete Dexter is the author of the National Book Award?winning novel Paris Trout as well as Spooner, Paper Trails, God?s Pocket, Deadwood, Brotherly Love, and Train. He has been a columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News and the Sacramento Bee, and has contributed to many magazines, including Esquire, Sports Illustrated, and Playboy. His screenplays include Rush and Mulholland Falls. Dexter was born in Michigan and raised in Georgia, Illinois, and eastern South Dakota. He lives on an island off the coast of Washington.
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