The acclaimed author of The War of the Roses takes on the New York of his childhood in this darkly funny comedy of errors about success, the mob, and finding true love.
Mikey Fine is a young man with a promising future in comedy. Attracted to the crowd applause at a lavish hotel casino in the Catskills, he gets a job as a tumler—part entertainer, part host, all funny boy. But he is naive to the more sinister side of his audience, made up of mobsters and other power players of New York’s underbelly.
When Mutzie Feder, a Jean Harlow-esque gangster girlfriend with dreams of escaping her brutal reality, gets into the act with Mickey, the sparks begin to fly. But as their circumstances start catching up with them and the body counts start mounting, Mickey and Mutzie start angling for a way out. That, of course, isn’t as easy as it sounds.
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“[An] amusing novel of love, crime, and painful one-liners…Tom Weiner works the narrative, switching between an assertive edge and a smoother voice. He shines in the character voices…Perhaps most impressive is Weiner’s execution of the many one-line jokes throughout the book. He makes them amusing despite their corniness.”