Dead Pawn: A Novel (Hardback)Richard E. Peck (author)
Hardback Published: 15/04/2004
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Bob Wince, an Albuquerque building contractor, is sentenced to the New Mexico State Penitentiary for a crime he didn't commit. He is mysteriously granted an early release and declares he is fed up with accidents, or fate, running his life. Associating himself with the minor crooks and major scammers who gather at his father's restaurant, 'Dimmie's Half-Off', Wince vows to re-establish his life and exact revenge on those who set him up originally. This means working the system, and, according to Richard Peck's Dead Pawn, that's what New Mexico is all about. From Albuquerque to Gallup, to the Navajo reservation and beyond, Peck introduces sleazy operators and hustlers in every line of work. It's a rich cast of characters - Anglos, Hispanics, Native Americans - who populate New Mexico's tangled sub-cultures. The priciest antique turquoise jewellery could have been made last week in Mahmad Khalil's Gallup factory; Maria Morales may be named Hispanic Businesswoman of the Year, but she's still Maria Losinsky, 'Hispanic' only through a brief marriage to Ernie Morales. From the moment you begin Dead Pawn, its mordant humor and crisp language will change the way you see New Mexico, 'the Land of Enchantment'.
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Weight: 402 g
Dimensions: 205 x 140 x 23 mm
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