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The City Man
by Howard Akler
March 6, 1934. Hundreds gather outside City Hall to celebrate the Toronto Centenary. In the crowd, pickpocket Mona Kantor and her partner, Chesler, are ‘in the tip,’ finding easy pickings among the jostling masses. Eli Morenz, city man for the Daily Star, is covering the festivities and uncovering the pickpocket racket working the scene. A surreptitious photo and some keen ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 19th 2001 by Coach House Books
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An interesting book - for it's style as well as it's subject. And if you know Toronto at all, you can "see" the city in his descriptions....Union Station, Spadina, etc. I didn't find the ending very satisfactory, but I enjoyed the the clipped, sparse style as well as the believable dialogue. Worth a read just because of Akler's rather unique writing style.
Made a purposeful decision not to finish this. I was distracted and disengaged by the lack of punctuation and screenplay quality of the book. I became disinterested in the characters and didn't feel like paying YA library fine to keep reading it!