Junior's Leg: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Sep 15, 2001 - Fiction - 274 pages
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Fifteen years after he tormented fellow students at Catahoula Bayou School, Junior Guidry is broke, drunk, one-legged, and living in a wreck of a trailer on the edge of a snake-infested swamp. He's survived an oil-rig accident that would've killed most men but, with the help of a good lawyer, made him rich instead. But he's squandered his fortune on drink, blackjack, womanizing, and brawling, leaving a wake of wrecked cars and friendships, not to mention lost or stolen wooden legs. Then the mysterious Iris Mary Parfait enters his life. She's on the run from a tragic childhood and a bad, bad man. When news reaches Junior that a bar owner with Mob connections has posted a $100,000 bounty on Iris's head because she knows too much about him, Junior realizes he could regain his fortune—but at what cost?

Narrated in Junior's unvarnished voice, Junior's Leg takes the reader on a singular journey through the mind of a troubled man. It is at turns unsettling, ribald, sexy, and poignant—a bold stroke of storytelling that ultimately plumbs the possibilities of love and redemption, even for as unlikely a candidate as Junior.
  

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Review: Junior's Leg: A Novel

User Review  - William - Goodreads

Although it was difficult to imagine the change in Junior from the first book in this trilogy, he was such a stinker in Meely LaBauve, the book as whole was quite engaging. Good storytelling even if ... Read full review

Review: Junior's Leg: A Novel

User Review  - Thorin - Goodreads

I kinda went into this book knowing it wasn't going to stack up to Meely Labauve, but still hoping for a good read. Sadly I was right. I just couldn't identify with Junior and found the book too far-fetched in too many ways. Read full review

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Ken Wells, author of Meely LaBauve, is a senior writer and features editor for page one of The Wall Street Journal. In 1982, as ajournalist at The Miami Herald, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He lives with his family outside Manhattan.

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