Sneaky People

Sneaky People

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by Thomas Berger
     
 

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The time is the 1930s. Buddy Sandifer, dressed in his natty white flannels, baby-blue shirt, striped tie, tan-and-white shoes, and coconut-straw hat with polka-dot band, is falling into one of his moods. Owner of a used-car lot and father of a fifteen-year-old son with a penchant for sex manuals, Buddy has decided to murder his wife and marry his mistress, Laverne,

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The time is the 1930s. Buddy Sandifer, dressed in his natty white flannels, baby-blue shirt, striped tie, tan-and-white shoes, and coconut-straw hat with polka-dot band, is falling into one of his moods. Owner of a used-car lot and father of a fifteen-year-old son with a penchant for sex manuals, Buddy has decided to murder his wife and marry his mistress, Laverne, a robust blonde who cooks his favorite meal of fried pork chops, fried potatoes, and fried apples while wearing a short pink apron over black-lace step-ins and brassiere, long-gartered silk stockings, and platform shoes. The only problem is how to arrange the crime.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"An exquisitely constructed, very funny novel...full of secrets and surprises. It is Thomas Berger's tenderest, most touching novel."
Newsweek

"Thomas Berger is a writer of enormous wit and incisive wisdom."
San Francisco Review of Books

"If you have time for just one novel this season, Sneaky People is the one...Thomas Berger is a magician...he never hits a false note."
Detroit Free Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780743257954
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
06/21/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
329,269
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Berger is the author of twenty-three novels. His previous novels include Best Friends, Meeting Evil, and The Feud, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His Little Big Man is known throughout the world.

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Sneaky People 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
NinaJon More than 1 year ago
I came across mention of this novel in one of those Best Ever Crime and Mystery lists. I enjoy unearthing new authors and gave it a try. This is definitely not a cosy mystery. Nor is it a conventional murder mystery solved by a clever detective. The anti-hero, Buddy Sandifer, is an arrogant hypocrite whose casual racism and sexism is jaw-dropping by modern standards. However Buddy lives in the 1930’s. Buddy is having an affair. Divorce in 1930’s America ain't so easy, and Buddy therefore decides to murder his long-suffering wife. On the face of it, this novel is about the events which follow. However, as its title suggests, Sneaky People is actually a tale of calculations and miscalculations, jumping to a conclusion and getting it wrong. Pretty much no one in our tale is the person anybody else thinks they are; and it gets harder and harder to know who is pulling the wool over whose eyes. It's crude and coarse in places, but it's also comic and compelling. I enjoyed it more than I expected to. Nina Jon is the author of the Jane Hetherington’s Adventures in Detection crime and mystery series.