By Jess Walter
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780060989293, 304pp.)
Publication Date: September 2006
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Darkly hilarious and unexpectedly profound, Citizen Vince is an irresistible tale about the price of freedom and the mystery of salvation, by an emerging writer of boundless talent.
Eight days before the 1980 presidential election, Vince Camden wakes up at 1:59 A.M. in a quiet house in Spokane, Washington. Pocketing his stash of stolen credit cards, he drops by an all-night poker game before heading to his witness-protection job dusting crullers at Donut Make You Hungry. This is the sum of Vince's new life: donuts and forged credit cards--not to mention a neurotic hooker girlfriend.
But when a familiar face shows up in town, Vince realizes that his sordid past is still close behind him. During the next unforgettable week, on the run from Spokane to New York, Vince Camden will negotiate a maze of obsessive cops, eager politicians, and assorted mobsters, only to find that redemption might just exist--of all places--in the voting booth. Sharp and refreshing, Citizen Vince is the story of a charming crook chasing the biggest score of his life: a second chance.
“What makes Walter’s third novel so enjoyable is Vince, a flawed but sympathetic character trying to find redemption.”
“(An) immensely entertaining crime thriller and wry social commentary.”
“A splendidly entertaining, thoughtful book ... Jess Walter continues to impress.”
“Rich in robust characters ad wry dialogue, with agile prose, a big heart and a finely tuned plot.”
1st Place, General Trade-Jacket, New York Book Show