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LEGS inaugurated William Kennedy's cycle of novels set in Albany, New York. True to both life and myth LEGS 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, Marcus Gorman (who scraps a promising political career for the elemental excitement of the criminal underworld), we watch as Legs and his showgirl mistress, Kiki Roberts, blaze their gaudy trail across the tabloid...

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LEGS inaugurated William Kennedy's cycle of novels set in Albany, New York. True to both life and myth LEGS 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, Marcus Gorman (who scraps a promising political career for the elemental excitement of the criminal underworld), we watch as Legs and his showgirl mistress, Kiki Roberts, blaze their gaudy trail across the tabloid pages of the 1920s and 1930s.

"Pure literary excitement...easy to read and hard to put down. I enjoyed it from beginning to end and wished it were longer." --Joseph Heller

BILLY PHELAN'S GREATEST GAME continues the trilogy concluding with IRONWEED.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780783888606
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Series: Albany Cycle , #1
  • Edition description: LARGEPRINT
  • Pages: 427
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

William Kennedy

William Kennedy, author, screenwriter and playwright, was born and raised in Albany, New York. Kennedy brought his native city to literary life in many of his works. The Albany cycle, includes Legs, Billy Phelan's Greatest Game, and the Pulitzer Prize winning Ironweed. The versatile Kennedy wrote the screenplay for Ironweed, the play Grand View, and cowrote the screenplay for the The Cotton Club with Francis Ford Coppola. Kennedy also wrote the nonfiction O Albany! and Riding the Yellow Trolley Car. Some of the other works he is known for include Roscoe and Very Old Bones.

Kennedy is a professor in the English department at the State University of New York at Albany. He is the founding director of the New York State Writers Institute and, in 1993, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has received numerous literary awards, including the Literary Lions Award from the New York Public Library, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Governor’s Arts Award. Kennedy was also named Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters in France and a member of the board of directors of the New York State Council for the Humanities.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2006

    best gangster book ever

    I think this book is really good i loved it. I enjoy books with action and killing i usually watch movies about mobsters and gangsters but i never read a book with stuff like that.This was a good experience for me to explore my own imagination.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2003

    Good Book

    Legs by William Kennedy is a pretty good book. I strongly recomend this book to anyone who likes books about violence. The book starts out with friends remonecing about Jack (the main character). A friend that some of them did not think was really dead. You will have to read the book to find out what happens. The book has alot of illegal things in it. Overall, if you don't like violence this would not be as interesting to you as it was to me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2002

    Good book

    This is a good book about gangsters and drug dealing and shootings and killings. It really kept my attention throughout the whole book until the end. I still liked the ending but it just didn't seem like the rest of the book to me. If you like reading about things of this nature then I suggest this book because it is good and I haven't seen any other book that contain this type of material. They also drink and bootleg alcohol in this book. It is a good book if you like that sort of thing.

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