Crumbtown by Joe Connelly

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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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About Joe Connelly

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Joe Connelly's first novel, Bringing Out the Dead, was made into a film by Martin Scorsese. A native of New York City, he now lives in the Adirondacks with his wife and family.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 274 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The show is loosely based on the exploits that most recently landed Reedy in jail: a series of bank robberies in which Reedy and his cohorts were famous for throwing cash into the air afterward and creating mass hysteria in the streets outside the banks.

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Even for a book about a wired, sleep-deprived paramedic rushing from one harrowing emergency to another in New York's Hell's Kitchen, acting as the final gatekeeper between life and death, Joe Connelly's Bringing Out The Dead has a fevered prose style that mistakes intensity for poetry and discar...

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