Sneaky People

Sneaky People

by Thomas Berger
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Sneaky People by Thomas Berger

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743287609
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 07/15/2005
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 199,659
File size: 332 KB

About 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.