Bagmen (Victor Carl Series #8)

Bagmen (Victor Carl Series #8)

by William Lashner

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ISBN-13: 9781477822838
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 08/01/2014
Series: Victor Carl Series , #8
Pages: 385
Sales rank: 554,616
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

William Lashner is the New York Times bestselling author of The Barkeep, The Accounting, Blood and Bone, and eight previous Victor Carl novels, which have been translated into more than a dozen languages and sold across the globe. Writing under the pseudonym Tyler Knox, Lashner is also the author of Kockroach, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, which was described as “roaringly entertaining” by Publishers Weekly and “an energetic tour de force” by USA Today. Before retiring from law to write full-time, Lashner was a prosecutor with the Department of Justice in Washington DC. He is a graduate of the New York University School of Law as well as the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He lives with his wife, his three children, and his dog, Chase Muttley, outside of Philadelphia.

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gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
Victor Carl returns in the eighth entry in this series, with which for some reason I had no familiarity until this novel. But I certainly plan to read anything this author writes in future: it is simply terrific, and was a complete change of pace for this reviewer. Carl is an attorney; well, more accurately he is a lawyer-with-actual-clients wannabe. As he states in this first-person narrative,, one day “a political opportunity had fallen into my lap and I was running with it. Suddenly I had impressive people to impress and impressive places to go to, including a formal ball that would be packed with everyone who was anyone in Philadelphia politics. A rental tux would no longer do.” And he is on an expense account to boot. It seems he has just become a bagman. And the opening scene is at a black-tie Governor’s Ball, a place where “all about the room were little electromagnetic fields of power and money.” Before the evening is over, however, he is escorted out of the affair by a couple of cops, taking him to the scene where a young woman has been brutally murdered, a woman with whom Victor had met only hours earlier to give her what is only the first of huge bags full of money, in service of a local Congressman, one with a seat on the House Ways and Means Committee, with whom she had been involved. And this is only the first of similar transactions, and the first where a woman is killed. To say that the writing is pithy is not to do it justice. But beyond that, I defy the reader not to smile and nod with recognition throughout this book - - I know I did, frequently! Nominally a mystery, with murders to be solved, the book is filled with humor and recognizable portraits of politics and politicians, corruption, sex, all those things that make up our society, today and for years past. Besides the iconic protagonist, there is a determined cop and a political reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, in addition to a regular group of old-time bagmen to round out the cast, with a terrific conclusion to it all. The novel is highly recommended.