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The Resource The big whatever, Peter Doyle ; introduction by Luc Sante

The big whatever, Peter Doyle ; introduction by Luc Sante

Label
The big whatever
Title
The big whatever
Statement of responsibility
Peter Doyle ; introduction by Luc Sante
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "When it comes to sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll, Billy Glasheen's always been in the vanguard, but as the swinging 60s turn into the 70s, he's living a quiet life. He has kids now, and he's in debt to the mob, so he keeps his head down, driving a cab, running some low-level rackets. He may as well have gone straight, it's so boring. Then one day everything changes. He finds a trashy paperback in his cab whose plot seems weirdly familiar. Billy himself seems to be a major character in it. He can't think who could've written it other than Max, his old partner in crime who double-crossed him and left him in the mess he's in. Only Max is dead. He went up in flames, along with lots of cash, after a bank heist. But if Max is alive, Billy has a score to settle. And if he didn't get fried to a crisp, maybe the money didn't either. Billy has to find out, by following clues planted in that strange little book. He soon discovers he's not the only one on Max's trail, and has to deal with enemies old and new in his strangest adventure yet"--
  • "The fourth in a series of novels set in the Australian criminal underworld from the late 1940s to the 1970s"--
Review
We meet the scoundrel Billy as he’s tooling about in his taxicab on the streets of an Australian city—could be Sydney, but it isn’t clear. A passenger leaves behind a worn paperback novel. Billy begins reading. What follows is “passing strange.” The pulp novel’s hero isn’t named Billy, but it’s Billy’s life story in those pages. All the late 1960s details are spot on, from the chicks to the speed, here called “go fast.” Plus a bank heist or two. Billy attempts to fill blanks in his memory by tracking down the whoever-he-is who wrote that novel. The Big Whatever can be read then as a caper novel or a lament for the ’60s and the way a few slimy characters sank the peace and love. Unfortunately, one remorseless thug is about like another, and there are too many of them in these pages, leaving readers to wonder if they’re reading the same page over and over. Still, for those who like ’em grim, there’s plenty of retro appeal here, harkening back to Newton Thornburg’s 1976 cult classic Cutter and Bone. -- Crinklaw, Don (Reviewed 07-01-2015) (Booklist, vol 111, number 21, p35)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10446085
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1951-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Doyle, Peter
Dewey number
823/.914
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR9619.3.D69
LC item number
B54 2015
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • FICTION / Crime
  • Organized crime
  • Detective and mystery stories
  • Suspense fiction
  • Sydney (N.S.W.)
Label
The big whatever, Peter Doyle ; introduction by Luc Sante
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"A Dark Passage book."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000054461876
Extent
pages ; cm.
Isbn
9781891241444
Isbn Type
(softcover)
Lccn
2015010045
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)889169219
Label
The big whatever, Peter Doyle ; introduction by Luc Sante
Publication
Note
"A Dark Passage book."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000054461876
Extent
pages ; cm.
Isbn
9781891241444
Isbn Type
(softcover)
Lccn
2015010045
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)889169219

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