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Citizen Vince by Jess Walter
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Dec 06, 2007

it was amazing
Read in January, 2005

After a couple of gripping, character-driven crime novels in which he effectively de-romanticized serial killers, Walter returns with this delectable noir about a small time NYC crook relocated to Spokane through Witness Protection, where he makes doughnuts and illicit dough trading in stolen credit cards and pot, his biggest concern whether to vote for Carter or Reagan in next week's election. Then his old life catches up to him, and some big city goombahs find their way to little old Spokane. Walter's people and places are well-drawn and convincing, his dialogue is right up there with Elmore Leonard, and you gotta love the locale. "The city I write about is a grimy place," said Walter. "I loved Seattle when it was grimy because it seemed so true. And one thing I will say about Spokane, it's true." Yes, I too miss the grime. Together with Portland's Lono Waiwaiole and Chelsea Cain, Walter is putting Northwest noir on the map.

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