'A modern American masterpiece' - John le Carré'One of America's greatest novelists' - Barack ObamaE. L. Doctorow has been widely acclaimed as one of the great American novelists of the twentieth century, with three National Book Critics Circle Awards, two PEN/Faulkner awards and one National Book Award to his name.E. L. Doctorow (1931-2015) was one of America's most accomplished and acclaimed writers. Winner of the National Book Award, three National Book Critics Circle Awards, two PEN/Faulkner Awards, and the National Humanities Medal, he is the author of twelve novels that explored the drama of American life from the late-19th century to the 21st.
'I was living in even greater circles of gangsterdom than I had dreamed, latitudes and longitudes of gangsterdom'
It's 1930's New York and fifteen-year-old streetkid Billy, who can juggle, somersault and run like the wind, has been taken under the wing of notorious gangster Dutch Schultz. As Billy learns the ways of the mob, he becomes like a son to Schultz - his 'good-luck kid' - and is initiated into a world of glamour, death and danger that will consume him, in this vivid, soaring epic of crime and betrayal.