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Keys to Tulsa

Berkey, Brian Fair

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ISBN 10: 0671707272 / ISBN 13: 9780671707279
Published by Washington Square Press
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Trade paperback. Good, average condition for its age. Book has been read but remains straight, clean, and tight. No internal markings. 1/2" closed tear at back bottom with 1" wrinkle. Smudges on back cover. Stored in sealed plastic protection. In the event of a problem we guarantee full refund. 1991. Trade paperback. Bookseller Inventory # 603610

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Title: Keys to Tulsa

Publisher: Washington Square Press

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Good

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This exuberant, boisterous first novel explodes with energy, humor and a touch of the bizarre. Publishers Weekly praised it as a novel of great sympathy. . . . It's as if the cast of Taxi Driver were to invade the set of True Grit.

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Berkey's manic and wildly raunchy debut novel is not likely to be warmly received by the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce. He takes us on a seven-day out-of-control grand tour of this Western city's extensive seamy side. Berkey leaves skid marks on Oral Roberts University and racist country clubs, and rampages through the red-light district with quick pit stops in striptease parlors and drug dens. The company is less than wholesome: hookers, heroin addicts, a murderer or two, extortionists, millionaire prairie preachers and yahoos galore. It's as if the cast of Taxi Driver were to invade the set of True Grit ; a sort of redneck film noire. And it succeeds smashingly. Richter Boudreau, the novel's central character, is the ultimate scamp. He's a wisecracking Berkeley graduate in deep trouble with gangsters and the police. Not the least of his concerns is that he owes a lot of money to a temperamental drug dealer involved in blackmailing some of Tulsa's leading citizens. Richter's love life--by turns absurdly romantic and unbelievably sleazy--only complicates the mess. One of the most fiendish characters is Richter's very own mother, a glorious manipulator bent on straightening out her errant son. Mixed up in the story is Richter's partner in vice, journalist George Brinkman, who is investigating the death of a topless dancer, the novel's main mystery. Berkey's only bad habit is his continual mockery of the characters' cornball accents. It's the one note of condescension in a novel of great sympathy and enjoyment. The keys to Berkey's Tulsa unlock a raucous and exciting world.
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