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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (47 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Warren Adler Narrator: Tom Weiner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.”


  • “Despite the 1930’s gangster movie-like (though raunchier) text, Weiner manages a credible reading. He easily imitates New York mobsters.”


Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Cecily | 6/14/2012

    " Not one of my favorites. I was hoping for this to be a funny book but it wasn't. And being at the clubs in the Catskills just reminded me of "Dirty Dancing". I wouldn't recommend this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Brenda | 10/26/2011

    " Predictable Mob soap opera...not for me. Could only make it through the first half--then read the end which was exactly as expected. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Seana | 7/16/2010

    " Enjoyable and a pretty quick read. Takes a while to get used to the old-timey dialect and the yiddish-infused conversations but it's an interesting look at a time when the Catskills were the hot vacation spot for all the NYC gangsters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Joe Bartello | 7/23/2009

    " A book about Jewish comedians should have some really funny bits even if it is about mobsters. No such luck with this story about The Catskills in its heyday. The only guy with a sense of humour is real-life head of the mob, Albert Anastasia. Oy! Maybe I expected too much. Should I feel guilty? "

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About the Author
Author Warren Adler

Warren Adler is the author of numerous novels, including The War of the Roses and Random Hearts, which were both made into major motion pictures. A product of the New York public school system, he graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School and New York University. He has worked for the New York Daily News and the Queens Post.