MONTEZUMA'S MAN by Jerome Charyn


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 Now that his right-hand-man Manfred Coen is dead, New York Police Commissioner Isaac Sidel (The Good Policeman, etc., etc.) recruits a new lieutenant, Joe Barbarossa, an Irish/Italian/Nez PercÇ on the outs with Isaac's Justice Department scourge Frederic LeComte ever since he killed Montezuma, a doper turned DEA undercover agent. Posing as the Black Stocking Twins, the Pink Commish and his new sidekick begin knocking off mob social clubs around town--only to find themselves caught in a crossfire between Sal Rubino, current lover of Isaac's old flame Margaret Tolstoy, and mobster Jerry DiAngelis, both of whom are fighting to recover a fabled group of puppets used to smuggle heroin. As usual in Charyn, there's much, much more: Joe falls in love with Isaac's much-married daughter Marilyn the Wild; Montezuma turns up alive after all; and Isaac can move against Mayor Becky Karp's corrupt administration only by entering the mayoral race himself. How will the campaign go? Tune in for the fourth installment of the ``New Isaac Quartet.'' Not for the fainthearted--each of Charyn's baroque anti- procedural fantasies is required reading for all the others--but another bracing immersion in the most sustained attempt to date to create a personal mythology out of a police hero.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-89296-461-8
Page count: 352pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 1993


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