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The People's Police

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Martin Luther Martin is a hard-working New Orleans cop who has come up from the gangland of Alligator Swamp through hard work. When he has to serve his own eviction notice, he decides he's had enough and agrees to spearhead a police strike.

Brothel owner and entrepreneur J. B. Lafitte finds himself in a tight spot when his whorehouse in the Gard
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published February 7th 2017 by Tor Books (first published 2017)
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Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
...The People's Police is a very politically charged novel. It questions, it mocks, it satirizes and it challenges. The book is quite cynical about the world of politics and business in particular. You have to be able to appreciate a strong political message in the book to like it. Spinrad does not hide his own opinions, which border on the anarchistic at times, in the novel. I suspect this goes for a lot of his other books as well, so for readers familiar with his work, that will most likely no ...more
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Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
I should know better than to start a Spinrad book late at night, I stayed up way too late. The People's Police is much along the lines of Bug Jack Barron and his other cynical and snarky political works. He's one of the openly leftist authors in SF, not a common occurrence. Spinrad doesn't pull punches, he cheerfully roasts Democrats and Republicans and the corrupt Louisiana police while still treating characters as individuals and not stereotypes. His use of voodoo adds a very strange twist to ...more
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
It's been a while since I read any Spinrad - I remember binging on a half dozen or so of his Sixties and Seventies novels a decade or so back, but not since then. So going into this book, published in 2015, I was a little concerned that maybe he'd lost something along the way.

I need not have worried. He hasn't lost a damned thing, and he's found some new things too. This Nawlins-set tale of political corruption, reality show hi-jinks, voodoo and the never-ending clash between socialism and capit
Apr 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-blog
When Officer Martin Luther Martin was ordered to serve his own eviction notice he didn’t expect to wind up the face for the following police strike against the loan lizards trying to foreclose on everyone. When bordello owner J. B. Lafitte called the strike on being self serving, only helping the police, he didn’t expect them to agree. When MaryLou Boudreau first woke up from dancing with a full hat and no memory of how it wound up that way she never expected to wind up as Mama Legba, television ...more
Feb 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: literature
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 3.0 of 5

I have really mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand it's gritty and very real feeling, with oddball characters and a dark, Disney-esque New Orleans. On the other hand, it's very political, with characters that don't appeal or reach out to me.

I haven't read many books set in the New Orleans area and I've never been to Louisiana, but I recognize the unique characteristics of the community and author Norman Spinrad
Shane Jardine
Mar 07, 2017 rated it liked it
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This really isn’t the type of book I typically read, as I tend to avoid books so blatantly political in nature, but I found The People’s Police by Norman Spinrad to be a fast-paced and oddly enjoyable read. I say oddly enjoyable because while this isn’t something I would have gone out to buy myself, I was still unable to put it down once I had started reading it.

The first thing that really comes to mind while I sit here and attempt to write this review i
Wilson Goodson
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A complex interplay of Louisiana and New Orleans politics, the New Orleans Tourist industry, police politics, the nature of Christian and moral duty, the conflict between the lowest and highest percentile of the American population, mixed with the Loa of voodoo. Once the police refuse to deliver eviction orders on each other, how long before they decide to refuse to do it to any one, and then how long is it before they began to choose which victimless crimes they will enforce.
Alan Spinrad
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
My cousin, whom I have never met, paintss an entertaining tale of the mortgage crisis, in a delightful backdrop of voodoo, Mardi Gras and upstate Louisiana conservatism versus bawdy New Orleans laissez les bons temps rouler-ism. Fun!
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Political satire set in the Big Easy... hilarious and pointed. A good 'Welcome Back' novel from Spinrad.
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, s-l_fantasy
An entertaining story about a future fantastical Louisiana Free State and how the Mardi Gras became the Eternal Mardi Gras.
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The core of this novel, however, is not its characters, or its plot, or even its language – it’s the themes. On first glance, The People’s Police might not appear to be a very political book, but the reader need not get very far into it to see just how very political it is. It addresses issues such as police brutality, poor economic management by the government, climate change, racism, misogyny – just to name a few. Readers with a good grasp of the United States’ socioeconomic and political prob ...more
Mar 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Not really my cup of tea. Too full of angst and mired in politics for me.
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Great idea, too much telling not enough showing, and while he created characters with amazing potential he never filled them out.
Feb 24, 2017 rated it liked it
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I was very curious about this novel when I heard about it. I’m a fan of stories set in New Orleans and what about the mention of voodoo? Yes, I was really excited to discover this book.

The author makes us discover a world full of imagination set in New Orleans and it was interesting to discover what Katrina had done with this place. Indeed, the city is no longer directed as it was and people are all evicted little by little, whoever they are. Alas, it is now
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William Bentrim
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
THE PEOPLE’S POLICE by Norman Spinrad

This book was amusing, irreverent, insightful and outrageous. A quote from page 37 provides insight to the author’s style, “Never attribute anything to conspiracy that can be explained by assholery.” The quote won’t fly on my Amazon review but for my blog, my rules. This is not a book for the faint of heart or those who oppose satirical writing or who are offended by profuse profanity. New Orleans is the setting and the people provide stupendous color. Martin
Paula Lyle
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
This is a fairy-tale set in New Orleans. Or an x-rated version of the movie "Dave." Either way every day graft and politics are turned upside down by a few people who decide (against all things) to do the right thing. Of course, the question becomes: What is the right thing? "No violence, no robbin', no rapin', and y'all don't bother anyone who ain't breaking any of the other three, anything else your People's Police see the People doin', you just smile and step aside."

This is a big romp of a no
Apr 28, 2017 rated it liked it
This was an adorable little book.
Well, okay, maybe adorable is the wrong word. Sexy? Risqué? Sex, drugs, and Rock and Roll?
No no no, I've got it - Mardi Gras.

This book is really good. I like the premise, I like the story, and I really like the way it doesn't care if you don't like swearing or not, because you better fucking deal with it or get lost. It's just... Mardi Gras. New Orleans, baby.

I would so jump into the world of the Eternal Mardi Gras. Better than this dump.

But there was some issues
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Born in New York in 1940, Norman Spinrad is an acclaimed SF writer.

Norman Spinrad, born in New York City, is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science. In 1957 he entered City College of New York and graduated in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science degree as a pre-law major. In 1966 he moved to San Francisco, then to Los Angeles, and now lives in Paris. He married fellow novelist N. Lee Wood in 1

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