The Sucker's Kiss

The Sucker's Kiss

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Accidentally stumbling into a pickpocket career during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, Thomas Moran becomes a master thief and meets a host of colorful characters in search of the American dream.

McMillan Palgrave
During the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, seven-year-old Thomas Moran finds himself accidentally embarking on a career in pickpocketing. In the following years he becomes a master of his dubious craft and grows to manhood traveling from state to state across America.

His picaresque journey takes him through Prohibition and the Depression; into the desperate highs of the Hootchy-Kootchy and the dying vineyards of California, accompanied by an array of richly drawn characters frantically clutching at the crumbling American dream. Italian and Chinese gangsters, con artists, corrupt clergy, and speakeasy bootleggers all have a part to play in Tommy's destiny, but it is Effie, the great love of his life, who offers him the chance to change his future, and tries to save him from himself.

Colorfully written, engaging, and richly evocative of an extraordinary period in American history, The Sucker's Kiss marks the literary debut of a master storyteller.


Blackwell North Amer
During the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, seven-year-old Thomas Moran finds himself accidentally embarking on a career in pickpocketing. In the following years he becomes a master of his dubious craft and grows to manhood traveling from state to state across America.
His picaresque journey takes him through Prohibition and the Depression; into the desperate highs of the Hootchy-Kootchy and the dying vineyards of California, accompanied by an array of characters frantically clutching at the crumbling American dream. Italian and Chinese gangsters, con artists, corrupt clergy, and speakeasy bootleggers all have a part to play in Tommy's destiny, but it is Effie, the great love of his life, who offers him the chance to change his future, and tries to save him from himself.

Baker
& Taylor

Accidentally stumbling into a pickpocket career during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, Thomas Moran becomes a master thief, meets a host of colorful characters in search of the American dream, and witnesses such times as Prohibition, the Great Depression, the Hootchy-Kootchy era, and the downfalls of California vineyards. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2004
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780312329754
031232975X
Characteristics: 340 p. ; 22 cm

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