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6.3 X 1.3 X 9.1 inches | 1.1 pounds
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About the Author

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.


"The story moves at a careening pace... Of a piece with character studies such as E.L. Doctorow's Ragtime and John Sayles' Eight Men Out, Mamet's book does Chicago--and organized crime--proud. An evocative, impressive return that Mamet fans will welcome."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"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 Midwest...Chicago feels like one of the great American male novelists of the late 20th century -- Updike, Mailer, Bellow, Roth--trying his hand at writing a genre novel. But unlike those novelists' somewhat less sure-footed lunges...Mamet 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
"The finest American writer of his generation."--Sunday Mail
"Full of twists and surprises...Mamet's new novel is a treasure, a piece of fictitious history entrenched in an era of violence and love."--Harvard Crimson
"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)
"Chicago is tremendous fun, with much to savour."--The Times Literary Supplement