Legs inaugurated William Kennedy's critically-acclaimed cycle of novels (including Billy Phelan's Greatest Game and Ironweed) set in his hometown of Albany, New York. True to both life and myth, Legs brilliantly evokes the flamboyant career of the legendary gangster Jack Legs Diamond, who was finally murdered in Albany. Through the equivocal eyes of Diamond's attorney, we watch as Legs and his showgirl mistress, Kiki Roberts, blaze their gaudy trail across the tabloid pages of the 1920s and 1930s, emerging as emblematic figures from an era of American innocence -- and corruption.
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I pretty much picked up this book because I have loved the other Albany novels and wanted to see what is designated as the first in this series. After finishing Kennedy’s newest book Chango Beads and ... Read full review
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If anti-heroes are your poison, this book is for you. Can a writer ever take a vicious criminal, one to whom cruelty is second nature, and write about him in such a way that the reader comes to ... Read full review