Citizen Vince

Citizen Vince

Paperback - 2008
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From the highly acclaimed new crime novelist: a story of witness protection, petty thievery, local politics, and murder--set against the turbulent backdrop of the 1980 presidential election

It's the fall of 1980, the last week before the presidential election that pits the downtrodden Jimmy Carter against the suspiciously sunny Ronald Reagan. In a seedy suburban house in Spokane, a small-time crook formerly from New York, Vince Camden, pockets his weekly allotment of stolen credit cards and heads off to his witness-protection job at a donut shop. A the shop he takes a shine to a regular named Kelly, who works for a local politician. Somehow he finds himself and the politician in a parking lot at three in the morning, giving the slip to a couple of menacing thugs. And then he crosses the path of a young detective--and discovers his credit-scam partner, lying dead in his passport-photo office with a Cheerio-size bullet-hole in his head. No one writing crime novels today tells a story or sketches a character with more freshness or elan than Jess Walter. Citizen Vince is his funniest and grittiest book yet.

Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2008, c2005.
Edition: 1st Harper Perennial ed.
ISBN: 9780061577659
Characteristics: 293, 16 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Alternative Title: Citizen Vince : a novel


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Apr 24, 2013

I can't get enough of Jess Walter. I read The Beautiful Ruins and We Live in Water and enjoyed them both so I thought I'd give some of his earlier stuff a try. This one is like one of the stories from We Live in Water only expanded. I was not impressed that the previous reviewer spoiled the ending. I would recommend it.

siammarino Sep 02, 2012

Vince Camden makes donuts and forges credit cards, but gets away with it because he has a lawyer friend and is in the witness protection program. That is, until a familiar face shows up in town and he must spend a week on the run from Spokane to New York. I liked the way Vince sees politics and voting rights as a way to redemption. I also liked the ending of the book where Vince turns himself in to finally get a real second chance to be who he says he is. I didn't find it compelling, and I put the book down for days at a time.


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