In 1930's New York, Billy Bathgate, a fifteen-year-old highschool dropout, has captured the attention of infamous gangster Dutch Schultz, who lures the boy into his world of racketeering. The product of an East Bronx upbringing by his half-crazy Irish Catholic mother, after his Jewish father left them long ago, Billy is captivated by the world of money, sex, and high society the charismatic Schultz has to offer. But it is also a world of extortion, brutality, and murder, where Billy finds himself involved in a dangerous affair with Schultz's girlfriend.
Relive this story through the title character's driving narrative, a child's thoughts and feelings filtered through the sensibilities of an adult, and the result is E.L. Doctorow's most convincing and appealing portrayal of a young boy's life. Converging mythology and history, one of America's most admired authors has captured the romance of gangsters and criminal enterprise that continues to fascinate the American psyche today.
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'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.Product Description:
Billy Bathgate: A Novel
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Book Description Harper & Row, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0061000078
Book Description Harper & Row, 1990. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0061000078
Book Description Harper & Row, 1990. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110061000078
Book Description Harper & Row. MASS MARKET PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0061000078 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0017891