All the trademarks of a Mamet production electric dialogue and a hurtling pace. New York Times As if Cormac McCarthy had decamped from Southwest to MidwestChicago feels like one of the great American male novelists of the late 20th century Updike, Mailer, Bellow, Rothtrying his hand at writing a genre novel. But unlike those novelists somewhat less sure-footed lungesMamet lands this with aplomb. Los Angeles Times Splendid a riveting crime drama in a throwback journalistic world, a time when you could yell for a copy boy to bring you Dixie cups for your illegal liquor. But this novel has a romantic heart, and the emotional stakes complement the whiskey-drenched whodunit. USA Today Tommy guns, bootleggers and hard-living newsmen: David Mamet adds a vivid novel to a legendary tradition. Wall Street Journal Chicago is tremendous fun, with much to savour. The Times Literary Supplement Acclaimed playwright (Glengarry Glen Ross) and screenwriter (The Untouchables) Mamet unpacks his literary arsenal in his first novel in two decades. Mamet offers a master class on dialogue. For readers of Elmore Leonard and Dennis Lehane. Booklist (starred review) The story moves at a careening pace Of a piece with character studies such as E.L. Doctorows Ragtime and John Sayles Eight Men Out, Mamets book does Chicagoand organized crimeproud. An evocative, impressive return that Mamet fans will welcome. Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Full of twists and surprisesMamets new novel is a treasure, a piece of fictitious history entrenched in an era of violence and love. Harvard Crimson The finest American writer of his generation. Sunday Mail
David Mamet is one of the foremost American playwrights. He has won a Pulitzer prize and received Tony nominations for his plays, Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed-the-Plow. His screenwriting credits include The Verdict and The Untouchables.