Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Real McCoy” as Want to Read:
Real McCoy
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Real McCoy

3.18  ·  Rating details ·  83 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Deadpan comic and grandly imaginative, The Real McCoy, Darin Strauss's recounting of the life of a legendary grifter, is a sparkling, memorable novel. Strauss (author of the highly acclaimed Chang and Eng) tells the story of Virgil Selby, or "Kid" McCoy, turn-of-the-century flimflammer, welterweight champion, and the speculative origin of the famous titular catch phrase. A ...more
Paperback, 326 pages
Published May 13th 2003 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published 2002)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Real McCoy, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Real McCoy

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Katherine Tomlinson
A small town guy reinvents himself with the help of a Chinese flim-flam man who becomes his mentor. ...This is an episodic and picaresque novel with large ambitions and great characters. It is reminiscent of both the work of E.L. Doctorow and Thomas Berger (Little Big Man). The narrative sometimes gets a little sprawling, but we are always engaged in Virgil’s struggle to reinvent himself. The material could be a real “actor’s piece,” and there’s enough going on with the plot to keep an audience ...more
Mark
Mar 17, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed it. It ended the way it should have ended and not the way I necessarily wanted it to. Strauss's use of language was really playful and fun at times-- i.e. "Who would she be, the duck or the elephant?" [sic:] Overall I enjoyed it and would read another of Strauss's books if given the chance.
Tom McDade
Dec 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Google The Real McCoy to get the scoop on the guy who inspired this fiction! Amazing fellow!
Matt
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Strauss is a great, gifted stylist. I'll say it, reminded me of reading Gatsby.
Ron Fitzwater
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good story about a boxer I had never heard of before. Interesting look at a different era of America.
Sew4mary
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
ok....not sure i would recommend it when there is so much better on the shelves...but interesting
Stefanie
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Confusing and in need of an editor who wasn't the author's friend.
Maryka Biaggio
rated it liked it
Nov 08, 2013
Salim
rated it liked it
Jul 09, 2008
Wendy
rated it it was amazing
May 27, 2011
Maureen
rated it it was ok
Jun 22, 2012
Laura
rated it liked it
May 18, 2013
Will Allen
rated it it was amazing
Apr 15, 2014
Tom
rated it really liked it
Feb 10, 2009
Michael Covington
rated it it was ok
May 18, 2013
Theresa
rated it it was ok
Jul 25, 2016
Angie114
rated it liked it
Sep 24, 2007
Bill Tomison
rated it liked it
Nov 22, 2013
Michel King
rated it liked it
Jun 17, 2009
Mrdurden24
rated it really liked it
Jun 03, 2009
Noah
rated it liked it
Aug 01, 2009
Karen Hughes
rated it it was ok
Sep 27, 2016
Samantha
rated it it was amazing
Sep 05, 2010
Steven Kerkela
rated it liked it
Feb 14, 2015
Lizbass
rated it liked it
Mar 12, 2012
Ashley
rated it liked it
Aug 23, 2007
Mike
rated it liked it
Oct 06, 2013
Charles C Richmond
rated it really liked it
Dec 24, 2015
Alicia
rated it it was amazing
Mar 18, 2008
Rachel
rated it it was amazing
Jul 19, 2008
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Era, 1947-1957: When the Yankees, the Giants, and the Dodgers Ruled the World
  • Lord Vishnu's Love Handles: A Spy Novel (Sort Of)
  • Ancient Egyptian Literature: Volume II: The New Kingdom
  • Fiction and Poetry: Complete and Unabridged
  • Light House
  • Summer Lightning
  • Deathworld (Tom Clancy's Net Force Explorers, #13)
  • Cold Case (Tom Clancy's Net Force Explorers, #15)
  • All Q, No A: More Tales of a 10th-Grade Social Climber
  • Nice Girls Finish First
  • Merriam Webster's Collegiate Thesaurus
  • Lawnboy
  • Rise Up
  • Services Marketing: Integrating Customer Focus Across the Firm
  • Midnight Ride (A Gates Family Mystery, #2)
  • The Theater Experience
  • Mortal Friends
  • Op drift
A recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and a winner of the American Library Association's Alix Award and The National Book Critics Circle Award, the internationally-bestselling writer Darin Strauss is the author of the novels Chang & Eng, The Real McCoy, and More Than It Hurts You, and the NBCC-winning memoir Half a Life. These have been New York Times Notable Books, Newsweek, Los Angeles Ti ...more
More about Darin Strauss...

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »