Crumbtown

Crumbtown

Joe Connelly

Joe Connelly

Some might say that Crumbtown isn't a place. It's a state of mind. And for the residents of this sinking, stinking, carcinogenic, potholed neighborhood, "There's bad luck in the world, and then there's crumbluck." But for Don Reedy, a true victim of this phenomenon, his crumbluck is about to change. Sentenced to 15 years in prison after a botched armed robbery, Don is paroled early when a television producer decides to turn Don's tragic story into a television show. Back in Crumbtown and working as a special consultant on the shoot, Don wrestles with delusional actors, pines for a beautiful Russian bartender, and reunites with cops and accomplices alike. But when the opportunity presents itself, Don decides to do something really daring: He robs the re-enactment of his legendary robbery. With the cameras rolling and the line between television and reality blurring, the hunt for Don—and a ratings coup—is on.
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Bringing Out the Dead

Bringing Out the Dead

Joe Connelly

Joe Connelly

Perhaps only someone who has worked for almost a decade as a medic in New York City's Hell's Kitchen--as Joe Connelly has--could write a novel as riveting and fiercely authentic as Bringing Out the Dead. Like a front-line reporter, Connelly writes from deep within the experience, and the result is a debut novel of extraordinary power and intensity.In Frank Pierce, a brash EMS medic working the streets of Hell's Kitchen, Connelly gives us a man who is being destroyed by the act of saving people. Addicted to the thrill ("the best drug in the world") and the mission of the job, Frank is nevertheless drowning in five years' worth of grief and guilt--his own and others': "my primary role was less about saving lives than about bearing witness." His wife has left him, he's drinking on the job, and just a month ago he "helped to kill" an eighteen-year-old asthmatic girl. Now she's become the waking nightmare of all his failures: hallucination and projection ("the ghosts...
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