Monday, August 24, 2009

Citizen Vince - Book Review

Citizen Vince by Jess Walter is a genre spanning story of Vince Camden, a criminal sent to the witness protection program who's trying to make a go of it in the normal world but not having any luck. Set in Spokane during the days leading up to the Presidential election in 1980, Vince finds redemption in the voting booth. No, really.

I say genre spanning because this is both a crime novel and a literary novel, well-written, well-paced, and immensely satisfying. Walter comes to me by way of Nick Hornby, though I don't recall if it's from this list or this ill-fated one. Doesn't matter. Hornby was spot on with this recommendation. I'll be looking for more of Walter.

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