Editor’s note: I chose this book while looking for fiction, a crime story in the bestseller section. What I found was so much more. It takes a few chapters to get used to Whitehead’s writing style (perhaps why he’s won two Pulitzer Prizes) but applying such literary skill to a quirky 1960s crime saga is delightful. Lead character Ray Carney is a bit like Walter White in Breaking Bad (good guy going bad) and following his life in three parts is fun.
“What made you want to sell couches?”, Pepper asked, poking at his food.
Carney replies: “I’m an entrepreneur.”
“‘Entrepreneur?’ Pepper said the last part like manure. ‘That’s just a hustler who pays taxes.’”