Billy Phelan's greatest game

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Penguin Books, 1983 - Fiction - 282 pages
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Billy Phelan, small-time bookie, pool hustler, and poker player becomes an unlikely go-between in the 1938 kidnapping of an Albany political boss's son

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The writing is excellent of course. - Goodreads
This style of writing annoys me no end. - Goodreads
It begins around the ending of this story. - Goodreads

Review: Billy Phelan's Greatest Game (The Albany Cycle #2)

User Review  - Chris Gager - Goodreads

Starting tonight. I assume Billy is Francis' son??? And he is indeed Francis' son and this book is happening at the same time as Ironweed - I think. Looks like I'm reading the Albany triology in ... Read full review

Review: Billy Phelan's Greatest Game (The Albany Cycle #2)

User Review  - Dan - Goodreads

The first William Kennedy book I read since Ironweed long ago, this was in response to seeing the Albany icon speak and show a documentary on Albany during the prohibition era (more so a biography of ... Read full review


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About the author (1983)

William Kennedy was born and raised in Albany, New York. He began his writing career as a journalist, and his novels have been translated into two dozen languages. His novel "Ironweed" won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction.