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Citizen Vince by Jess Walter
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Citizen Vince

by Jess Walter

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"Living in Spokane, Washington, under the Witness Protection Program, small-time hood Vince Camden leads a quiet existence among his new friends: local criminals, prostitutes and other social outcasts. By day he makes donuts and reads the beginnings of books to impress the cute blonde who comes into his shop every morning. In his spare time though, he runs a lucrative credit card scam. But everything spirals out of control when a mobster from back East shows up and wants a piece of the pie. Further complicating things is Vince's newfound political consciousness, as he becomes deeply troubled by a choice between two less-than-appealing candidates."--Container.… (more)

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Torn between 4 and 5 stars on this one. Engaging characters, from the main to the most incidental. It's hard not to like even the contract killer. The plot thread about voting gave the story humor and depth, although it's not lacking either one without it. Also a quick and fun read. If you liked Motherless Brooklyn I think you'll like this one. ( )
  badube | Mar 6, 2019 |
Jess Walter's finely-honed tale of a crook on the lam who discovers his humanity almost, but not quite, too late, on election day in 1980. Funny, elegant, moving work from a writer to watch. ( )
  MikeLindgren51 | Aug 7, 2018 |
Quirky, well-written book. Enjoyable read as we follow a small time crook on witness protection program, wondering what being a straight citizen is like.
  arcona | Apr 10, 2018 |
What a pleasant surprise. Last year I read "Beautiful Ruins" by the same author, and loved it. I picked up "Citizen Vince" anticipating more of the same fluid, literary, fiction. But "Citizen Vince" is nothing like his later work; it's crooks and cops and mystery, with a dash of political wit. Good stuff! It's rare and refreshing to find a writer with such an impressive range. ( )
1 vote dcmr | Jul 4, 2017 |
I came across this book totally by accident, but it was a fortunate accident. A very clever plot and great characterisation drive this book on. Highly enjoyable and a writer to follow ( )
  johnwbeha | May 18, 2017 |
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"A great nation is like a great man...he thinks of his enemy as the shadow that he himself casts." Tao Te Ching
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One day you know more dead people than live ones.
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The problem with conspiracies is that only crazy people can find them. That's why conspiracies work, because they shatter the truth into shards and only crazy people can look at shards and see the whole. And who is going to believe a crazy person, anyway?
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