Citizen Vince by Jess Walter

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At 1:59 a.m. in Spokane, Washington—eight days before the 1980 presidential election—Vince Camden pockets his stash of stolen credit cards and drops by an all-night poker game before heading to his witness-protection job dusting crullers at Donut Make You Hungry. Along with a neurotic hooker girlfriend, this is the total sum of Vince's new life. But when a familiar face shows up in town, Vince realizes his sordid past is still too close behind him. During the next unforgettable week, he'll negotiate a coast-to-coast maze of obsessive cops, eager politicians, and assorted mobsters—only to find that redemption might exist, of all places, in the voting booth.


About Jess Walter

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Jess Walter is the author of the national bestseller The Financial Lives of the Poets, the National Book Award finalist The Zero, the Edgar Award-winning Citizen Vince, Land of the Blind, and the New York Times Notable Book Over Tumbled Graves. He lives in Spokane, Washington, with his family.
Published May 29, 2012 by Harper. 316 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Political & Social Sciences, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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Notching his first felony at 15, Marty Hagen, the quintessential New York City street kid, has a rap sheet to be reckoned with by the time he’s 36.

Sep 01 2004 | Read Full Review of Citizen Vince (P.S.)

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"Citizen Vince" turns out to be centered on the only opportunity Vince will ever have to seriously consider what politicians are promising him and cast his ballot accordingly.

Apr 18 2005 | Read Full Review of Citizen Vince (P.S.)


On this midterm election day, I wanted to recommend one of my favorite books about politics (and love, the mafia, donuts, and more): Citizen Vince by Jess Walter.

Nov 02 2010 | Read Full Review of Citizen Vince (P.S.)

Book Reporter

He has settled into a reasonably quiet, secure life that includes --- for the first time in his adult life --- the chance to vote for president.

Dec 27 2010 | Read Full Review of Citizen Vince (P.S.)

Entertainment Weekly

It's the eve of the 1980 election and Vince, a former two-bit NYC criminal with Mob ties, lives quietly in witness protection in Spokane, Wash.

Apr 25 2005 | Read Full Review of Citizen Vince (P.S.)

Reviewing the Evidence

Speaking of which, if you've read Walter's previous books set in Spokane, OVER TUMBLED GRAVES and LAND OF THE BLIND, you'll know he has a faintly distracted writing style and an ability to create space cadets (I never took to Detective Caroline Mabrey, who always seemed away with the fairies).

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Vince's path to solid citizenship is not easy with tiny setbacks that could avalanche into a throwback to the felonious Vince if he falls through the donut hole back to the "easy" life.

Apr 01 2005 | Read Full Review of Citizen Vince (P.S.)

Bookmarks Magazine

instead, this is a compelling novel whose motivating questions are deadly earnest …" Maureen Corrigan "Citizen Vince is a cruller of a crime novel: Despite the empty calories, it’s twisty, it’s surprisingly light, and it goes down real easy."

Jan 09 2008 | Read Full Review of Citizen Vince (P.S.)

Trudy Rubin

“One of the judges asked me what I thought my odds were, and I said, ‘I don’t think they go that low,’ ” Walter said in an interview from his hotel room.

Apr 28 2006 | Read Full Review of Citizen Vince (P.S.)

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