Button Man: A Novel

Button Man: A Novel

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by Paul Lyons
     
 

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During the scorching hot summer of 1988, Michael Dukakis leads George Bush senior in the polls. And while political conventions, campaigns continue to be in session, Hawk and the rest of the "button gang" sell their buttons first to Democrats in Atlanta, then Republicans in New Orleans. As always, the gang sells to either side of any persuasion, offering a unique…  See more details below

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During the scorching hot summer of 1988, Michael Dukakis leads George Bush senior in the polls. And while political conventions, campaigns continue to be in session, Hawk and the rest of the "button gang" sell their buttons first to Democrats in Atlanta, then Republicans in New Orleans. As always, the gang sells to either side of any persuasion, offering a unique underview of the American political process, amoral hucksterism, and a corrupted form of capitalism.

Sought after by loan sharks and his girlfriend’s Ginsu-wielding ex-husband, Hawk is a witty and likeable character full of street smarts and unmatchable survival instincts. His story explores trust-and trust betrayed, along with the ethics of the street-and ethics compromised. Hawks tale is one of an edgy outsider's will for survival and love.

Drawing from a side of politics and capitalism rarely seen by the general public, Button Man, with its unnerving violence and biting wit, is reminiscent of the worlds of Elmore Leonard, Nathaniel West, William Kennedy, and Quentin Tarantino.

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ISBN-13:
9781634505420
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
10/27/2015
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

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Paul Lyons is the author of two previous novels, Table Legs and Going for Broke, and editor of The Quotable Gambler, The Greatest Gambling Stories Ever Told, and Owen Chase’s Shipwreck of the Whaleship Essex. Lyons grew up in New York City and is now a professor of English at the University of Hawaii. He resides in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Button Man 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
carrolwolve More than 1 year ago
Behind the button boards of street vendors, that is. Life is pretty basic when you're selling on the streets. Money arrives in sporadic spurts, depending on the event. Unfortunately, the main man gets most of it. Add to this a bad gambling habit, and the button man isn't going to last long. As a former New York resident, Lyons does a good job of giving the reader some sense of this chaotic life surrounded by other suspicious, untrusting, but interesting characters. The protagonist only leaves his nowhere lifestyle when forced to, leaving the reader with the sense that he just might make it operating on his own in the future - or not.