Under the Eye of God (Isaac Sidel Series #11)

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After decades of madness in the Bronx, Isaac Sidel visits the craziest state in the country

Isaac Sidel is too popular to be America’s vice president. Once the New York Police Department commissioner, he became the most beloved mayor in the city’s history—famous for his refusal to surrender his Glock, and for his habit of disappearing for months at a time to fight crime at street level. So when baseball czar J. Michael Storm asks Sidel to join him on the election’s Democratic ...

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Overview

After decades of madness in the Bronx, Isaac Sidel visits the craziest state in the country

Isaac Sidel is too popular to be America’s vice president. Once the New York Police Department commissioner, he became the most beloved mayor in the city’s history—famous for his refusal to surrender his Glock, and for his habit of disappearing for months at a time to fight crime at street level. So when baseball czar J. Michael Storm asks Sidel to join him on the election’s Democratic ticket, the two wild men romp to an unprecedented landslide. But as the president-elect’s mandate goes off the rails—threatened by corruption, sex, and God knows what else—he tires of being overshadowed by Sidel, and dispatches him to a place from which tough politicians seldom return: Texas.
 
In the Lone Star state, Sidel confronts rogue astrologers, accusations of pedophilia, and a dimwitted assassin who doesn’t know when to take an easy shot. If this Bronx bomber doesn’t watch his step, he risks making vice-presidential history by getting killed on the job.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“He writes like greased lightning.” —Time Out
 
“A realist of the urban nightmare.” —Chicago Tribune
 
“For a couple of decades now, Jerome Charyn has been remaking the detective story.” —The Washington Post Book World

Praise for Jerome Charyn:

“He writes like greased lightning.” —Time Out
 
“A realist of the urban nightmare.” —Chicago Tribune
 
“For a couple of decades now, Jerome Charyn has been remaking the detective story.” —The Washington Post Book World

From the Publisher
“He writes like greased lightning.” —Time Out
 
“A realist of the urban nightmare.” —Chicago Tribune
 
“For a couple of decades now, Jerome Charyn has been remaking the detective story.” —The Washington Post Book World
Kirkus Reviews
Isaac Sidel, commissioner of police turned New York City mayor, adds a new title to his résumé: vice president-elect of the United States. Added to the Democratic ticket in 1988 to juice the appeal of J. Michael Storm, a baseball czar with feet of clay (Citizen Sidel, 1999), Isaac swiftly becomes the main story. Crowds and Republicans adore him, ignoring the presidential candidate who took 47 states. Even J. Michael's 12-year-old daughter, Marianna, takes up a staunch position at "Uncle Isaac's" side, prompting fearful echoes of Lolita. Amid all the hoopla, however, deeper currents swirl. A Korean War vet aiming at Isaac during a trip to San Antonio shoots his Secret Service bodyguard instead. Isaac finds David Pearl, the banker who was the longtime silent partner to Isaac's glover father, holed up in Manhattan's Ansonia Hotel brewing heaven knows what dastardly schemes. Isaac falls hard for David's inamorata, Inez, nee Trudy Winckleman, but knows their relationship can't possibly end well. Instead of readying himself for the vice presidency, the Big Man prefers to play out his last days as the mayoral savior of the five boroughs. All around him, meanwhile, career politicians, campaign consultants, political strategists, psychiatrists and astrologers do what they do best: discern conspiracies, take fright and counter them with their own megalomaniac fantasies. All of this uproar in the national hall of mirrors, in which friends are really enemies and enemies are really nuts, perfectly suits Charyn's tropism for antic mythologizing. The new threats arriving on every page are often extended, inflated and dispatched in time for the next paragraph break. The result is a political cocktail almost as fizzy and inventive as The Onion or The Wall Street Journal in which every development is dark, urgent and apocalyptic, and none of it matters a bit.
Publishers Weekly
Set in 1988, Charyn's 11th Isaac Sidel novel (after 1999's Citizen Sidel) is an uneven mix of alternative history and political farce. New York City Mayor Sidel is the vice-president-elect, credited with enabling the Democratic ticket to prevail; the president-to-be, J. Michael Storm, is a former baseball commissioner and "a flagrant Casanova." To keep Sidel from overshadowing Storm, Sidel is kept on the sidelines. On a trip to Texas, Sidel survives an attempt on his life, only to find that it was staged. A power struggles ensues in which Sidel plans to take over the country and name a Republican—the FBI director—as his vice president. Crackpot ideas like having a student commute from the White House to the Bronx for junior high come across as bizarre rather than humorously satirical, and credibility points are lost every time La Cosa Nostra is referred to as "the Maf." (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453270998
  • Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media LLC
  • Publication date: 10/30/2012
  • Series: Isaac Sidel Series , #11
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerome Charyn (b. 1937) is the critically acclaimed author of nearly fifty books. Born in the Bronx, he attended Columbia College. After graduating, he took a job as a playground director and wrote in his spare time, producing his first novel, a Lower East Side fairytale called Once Upon a Droshky, in 1964.
 
In 1974, Charyn published Blue Eyes, his first Isaac Sidel mystery. This first in athe so-called Sidel quartet introduced the eccentric, near-mythic Sidel, and his bizarre cast of sidekicks. Although he completed the quartet with Secret Isaac (1978), Charyn followed the character through Under the Eye of God. Charyn, who divides his time between New York and Paris, is also accomplished at table tennis, and once ranked amongst France’s top 10 percent of ping-pong players.

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  • Posted December 25, 2013

    I think the thing that really struck me about this book was the

    I think the thing that really struck me about this book was the political corruption detailed. From the beginning of the book, I was intrigued, and it made me think about whether the book was realistic or not. So much has changed within the U.S. and continues to do so, but if this indicative of some of the things that go on in government, well, I am kind of frightened. How can a vice-president who does nothing but underhanded deals be so well liked?

    I was glad there were no sex scenes and no nasty scenes of violence within this book. However, there was some profanity and although not as rampant as I thought, the profanity in this book is hardcore. I have to admit that I found myself bored at times in spite of the intriguing topic. I think that if had a background in politics, I may have connected with the characters more. While this book was not a book that really impacted me, the premise really made me think. I always like books that keep my brain working. And if I study up on my politics, I just may understand this book more.

    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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  • Posted December 5, 2012

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    You can tell Jerome Charyn is a New Yorker. The rapid fire pace

    You can tell Jerome Charyn is a New Yorker. The rapid fire pace of his latest Isaac Sidel crime novel is indicative of the relentless energy pulsing throughout this modern day metropolis. In the city that never sleeps, the action never stops—from gun battles to political espionage—events keep unfurling one after another. How can one man keep it all together in the midst of all this madness? Well, Isaac Sidel isn't your ordinary schmuck. He's one of New York's finest.
    From ex-cop to mayor to newly elected vice president, Isaac Sidel has his hands in all pots, but with a Glock in his waistband and only $79 in his bank account, he's not your average hustler. He's full of heart, but that's what gets him into trouble. He's a sucker for the history of the city especially its architectural gems like the Ansonia, where much of the story takes place, and its history when it comes to the glamor and excitement of organized crime. Isaac is drawn to the aura surrounding these legends like a moth to a flame.
    But his true devotion is to the Bronx. A borough ravaged into Third World style poverty by ruthless land grabs. Real estate tycoons looking to make a quick buck through a failed highway redevelopment program only turned the area into a concrete wasteland. Isaac is incensed by the ruin that was brought upon this part of his city, and he is determined to thwart the ambitions of a gang of Texas billionaires and his mentor-turned-enemy from turning it into a glorified military base. Nobody threatens Isaac in his own backyard and gets away with it.
    If only, he didn't fall for the silver-haired damsel dangled in front of his nose as a intended distraction. If only he did what the leaders of the Democratic party wanted and supplanted his running mate by usurping the presidency. If only he didn't hate playing along with the despotic director of the FBI in bringing down those who threatened his life. But that's not how Isaac operates. He likes to work alone. There are very few people he can trust.
    While the action is set in the 1980s, the shady atmosphere feels surprisingly current. Charyn depicts the dirty deals that go on behind closed doors when it comes to the nation's political power grabs. He masterfully brings to life the interconnectedness of the people at the top and how they do everything they can to stay there. This insight into presidential politics will leave even the most ardent voting rights advocate a little queasy. 
    Charyn's proclivity toward short chapters helps craft this thriller into a real page-turner. Just when things can't get any worse, they do. But Isaac always rises like a phoenix from the ashes. He is nearly assassinated almost half a dozen times in a little over 200 pages, but he's still standing at the conclusion. How does he turn such a hornet's nest to his favor? Charyn's razor sharp wit and tough as nails writing style provide a somber yet fulfilling conclusion to the latest chapter in the life of his most intriguing character.

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