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Citizen Vince

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My third book by Jess, this one details the story of Vince Camden. Camden is a small-time crook, focusing mainly on stealing credit cards. He is a part of the witness protection program. The story takes place in the 80s and Vince works with detective Alan Dupree, who shows up in most of the other books by Jess. He will later serve as mentor and friend to Caroline, the detective in the last book. As the plot unfolds, the reader is sucked in as mafia hitmen show up on the quiet streets of Spokane.

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At 1:59 a.m. in Spokane, Washington--eight days before the 1980 presidential election--Vince Camden pockets his stash of stolen credit cards and drops by an all-night poker game before heading to his witness-protection job dusting crullers at Donut Make You Hungry. Along with a neurotic hooker girlfriend, this is the total sum of Vince's new life. But when a familiar face shows up in town, Vince realizes his sordid past is still too close behind him. During the next unforgettable week, he'll negotiate a coast-to-coast maze of obsessive cops, eager politicians, and assorted mobsters--only to find that redemption might exist, of all places, in the voting booth.

Specifications

Series Title
P.S.
Publisher
HarperCollins, Harper Perennial
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
293
Author
Jess Walter
ISBN-13
9780061577659
Publication Date
June, 2008
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
7.96 x 5.46 x 0.83 Inches
ISBN-10
0061577650

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My third book by Jess,...
My third book by Jess, this one details the story of Vince Camden. Camden is a small-time crook, focusing mainly on stealing credit cards. He is a part of the witness protection program. The story takes place in the 80s and Vince works with detective Alan Dupree, who shows up in most of the other books by Jess. He will later serve as mentor and friend to Caroline, the detective in the last book. As the plot unfolds, the reader is sucked in as mafia hitmen show up on the quiet streets of Spokane.
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Strange ending for a d...
Strange ending for a dark comedy. Almost didn't fit but in the end did.
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1 customers found this helpful
My third book by Jess,...
My third book by Jess, this one details the story of Vince Camden. Camden is a small-time crook, focusing mainly on stealing credit cards. He is a part of the witness protection program. The story takes place in the 80s and Vince works with detective Alan Dupree, who shows up in most of the other books by Jess. He will later serve as mentor and friend to Caroline, the detective in the last book. As the plot unfolds, the reader is sucked in as mafia hitmen show up on the quiet streets of Spokane.
Most helpful negative review
Strange ending for a d...
Strange ending for a dark comedy. Almost didn't fit but in the end did.
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Jess Walters 2005 nov...

Jess Walter's 2005 novel "Citizen Vince" won an Edgar Award for best crime novel of the year. I don't know of any award for best political novel of the year, but if there were, "Citizen Vince" might have won that, too. Vince Camden's real name is Marty Hagan. He's an ex-con who was convicted of his first felony in his teens and has never been eligible to vote in his life. Yet he's now living in Spokane under a new identity in the witness protection program, and with the new identity, his felonies are erased and a card arrives in the mail making him a registered voter. Never mind that Marty, now, Vince, continues to work the old credit card scam he did back in New York. He just hasn't been caught yet. But Vince learns Ray Sticks, a notorious mob hit man, is looking for him. Assuming the New York mob has found him and is trying to settle old scores, Vince returns to New York to try to buy his life back. The mobster takes his money but tells Vince the actual price is to kill Ray Sticks, who also turns out to be in the witness protection program. All this takes place in late October and early November in 1980, when Ronald Reagan is challenging Jimmy Carter for the presidency. Vince may be battling for his life, but he's also, for the first time in his life, fascinated by the upcoming election. In a key scene, with Vince and Beth, his prostitute girlfriend, in grave danger, he manages to talk Sticks him into letting him vote. The novel has a bit of the grit and the unpredictability of an Elmore Leonard story, yet "Citizen Vince" also reads like a literary novel. Jess Walter could have won an award for that, as well.

Jess Walter has that ...

Jess Walter has that "magic something" that puts him a notch above most contemporary novelists. There are so many ways in which this novel about a small time criminal living in Spokane, WA in a witness protection program could have gone wrong. Basic plot elements, style and charachters could easily have led this book straight into the immense garbage bin where not-that-good crime novels belong. But Walter adds his secret ingredients and this potentially weak noir story becomes a unique, brilliant, powerful, living and breathing work with the complexity and the cohesion of the best novels ever written. Some reviewers said this is a book about citizenship as a conquer, and they are right. Some other reviewers said this is a book about redemption, and they are also right. Someone else said this book cannot be categorized or clearly labeled under a genre. I agree with that, too. What elevates this book, in my opinion, is: - the unusual level of depth (many memorable sentences and moments when you think "wow, that is actually right"!)- the ability to make his charachters jump out of the page and be true and alive. You know how sometimes you feel a charachter in a book is being played by a b-movie actor? Well, it's as if Walter's charachters were played by some of the best actors who ever lived. - the smart, omnipresent sense of humour.- and, of course, the political sub-plot, centered on the presidential elections of 1980 and the meaning that political participation can add to an individual's life. Now, let's talk about this for a second. Too often I've seen authors trying to give me the "sub-plot" thing, while in reality what they were doing was just patching together different pieces of thoughts and failing miserably. One perfect example of this kind of failure, even if I only saw the movie, is "Killing them softly", movie with Brad Pitt. They tried to infuse that film with a "political sub-plot", failing in a spectacular way. Tv screens with Obama speeches in the background of many scenes, and a final cynical comment made by one charachter, do NOT make a political subplot. In "Citizen Vince", Everything converges to that focal point: the relationship between the individual citizen and the wider community, expressed in the right to vote. The meaning of your life as part of a much wider thing, the responsibility that comes with that and the privilege that it is to be a part of the democratic process, without any excessive patriotism or idealism, with all the proper doubts and questions posed at the right time, but with a message that comes out loud and clear despite the apparent simplicity of the plot. Wow. To know that I will never be able to write like Jess Walter is a childish but really painful thought!

Jess Walter has that ...

Jess Walter has that "magic something" that puts him a notch above most contemporary novelists. There are so many ways in which this novel about a small time criminal living in Spokane, WA in a witness protection program could have gone wrong. Basic plot elements, style and charachters could easily have led this book straight into the immense garbage bin where not-that-good crime novels belong. But Walter adds his secret ingredients and this potentially weak noir story becomes a unique, brilliant, powerful, living and breathing work with the complexity and the cohesion of the best novels ever written. Some reviewers said this is a book about citizenship as a conquer, and they are right. Some other reviewers said this is a book about redemption, and they are also right. Someone else said this book cannot be categorized or clearly labeled under a genre. I agree with that, too. What elevates this book, in my opinion, is: - the unusual level of depth (many memorable sentences and moments when you think "wow, that is actually right"!)- the ability to make his charachters jump out of the page and be true and alive. You know how sometimes you feel a charachter in a book is being played by a b-movie actor? Well, it's as if Walter's charachters were played by some of the best actors who ever lived. - the smart, omnipresent sense of humour.- and, of course, the political sub-plot, centered on the presidential elections of 1980 and the meaning that political participation can add to an individual's life. Now, let's talk about this for a second. Too often I've seen authors trying to give me the "sub-plot" thing, while in reality what they were doing was just patching together different pieces of thoughts and failing miserably. One perfect example of this kind of failure, even if I only saw the movie, is "Killing them softly", movie with Brad Pitt. They tried to infuse that film with a "political sub-plot", failing in a spectacular way. Tv screens with Obama speeches in the background of many scenes, and a final cynical comment made by one charachter, do NOT make a political subplot. In "Citizen Vince", Everything converges to that focal point: the relationship between the individual citizen and the wider community, expressed in the right to vote. The meaning of your life as part of a much wider thing, the responsibility that comes with that and the privilege that it is to be a part of the democratic process, without any excessive patriotism or idealism, with all the proper doubts and questions posed at the right time, but with a message that comes out loud and clear despite the apparent simplicity of the plot. Wow. To know that I will never be able to write like Jess Walter is a childish but really painful thought!

I listened to Citizen ...

I listened to Citizen Vince while reading Financial Life of the Poets. Maybe it was the being read to but I just laughed all the way though Citizen Vince, what a perfect amalgamation of cops, robber, and donut makers, with a special surprise guest appearance by John Gotti. One of my top reads of this year. Financial life of the Poets was good also but done better by Dave Zeltserman in "Outsourced". But Jess Walter - I will read everything he wrote and writes. Hope he'll be around doing a reading soon, I'd like to meet him.

My third book by Jess,...

My third book by Jess, this one details the story of Vince Camden. Camden is a small-time crook, focusing mainly on stealing credit cards. He is a part of the witness protection program. The story takes place in the 80s and Vince works with detective Alan Dupree, who shows up in most of the other books by Jess. He will later serve as mentor and friend to Caroline, the detective in the last book. As the plot unfolds, the reader is sucked in as mafia hitmen show up on the quiet streets of Spokane.

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