THE BIG LITTLE MAN FROM BROOKLYN by St. Clair McKelway

THE BIG LITTLE MAN FROM BROOKLYN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Further True Tales from the Annals of Crime and Rascality (1951) resurrected and effortlessly retold in one long and four shorter pieces. The big little man is another great impostor with seven names and many more professional claims curiously paralleling Mr. Crichton's Fred Demara. Although Stephen Jacob Weinberg was even more creative and in between institutional pauses, officiated as Pola Negri's personal physician, a member of the N.Y. State lunacy commission, adviser to the Sultana of Afghanistan, etc., while meeting his death at the front desk of a motel. You kind of hate to see him go. . . Mrs. Wood, the cigarsmoking recluse of Herald Square, 93 at her demise, may be known to those who read Judge Cox's biography of her; then there's a confidence man who tricked a young woman into the (subway) shooting of his wife; the sad story of the man who whispered ""This is it, Honey"" before strangling the young woman he loved; and a congenital burglar who hit close to 1200 homes and stores. . . . In Mr. McKelway's experienced hands, these bonafide originals, achieve a special state of grace.

Pub Date: June 23rd, 1969
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin