Chicago: A Novel

by David Mamet

On Sale: 29/11/2018


About the Book

A big-shouldered, big-trouble thriller set in mobbed-up 1920s Chicago-a city where some people knew too much, and where everyone should have known better-by the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of The Untouchables and Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright of Glengarry Glen Ross.

Mike Hodge-veteran of the Great War, big shot of the Chicago Tribune, medium fry-probably shouldn't have fallen in love with Annie Walsh. Then, again, maybe the man who killed Annie Walsh have known better than to trifle with Mike Hodge.

In Chicago, David Mamet has created a bracing, kaleidoscopic page-turner that roars through the Windy City's underground on its way to a thunderclap of a conclusion. Here is not only his first novel in more than two decades, but the book he has been building to for his whole career. Mixing some of his most brilliant fictional creations with actual figures of the era, suffused with trademark "Mamet Speak," richness of voice, pace, and brio, and exploring-as no other writer can-questions of honor, deceit, revenge, and devotion, Chicago is that rarest of literary creations: a book that combines spectacular elegance of craft with a kinetic wallop as fierce as the February wind gusting off Lake Michigan.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062797209
  • ISBN 10: 0062797204
  • Imprint: HarperCollins - US
  • On Sale: 29/11/2018
  • Pages: 352
  • List Price: 24.99 AUD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / Literary


David Mamet first won recognition with his 1976 plays Sexual Perversity in Chicago and American Buffalo. In 1984, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Glengarry Glen Ross. Among his many other acclaimed and prize-winning plays are Speed the Plow; The Cryptogram; and The Old Neighborhood. His feature film debut as a writer-director was the classic House of Games. Other films as writer-director include Things Change; Homicide; The Spanish Prisoner; State and Main; and Spartan. He has also won acclaim for numerous screenplays, including The Verdict, Wag the Dog, The Postman Always Rings Twice, The Untouchables, Hoffa, and The Edge. He was the co-creator and executive producer of the CBS TV series The Unit, for which he also wrote and directed numerous episodes, and wrote and directed Phil Spector for HBO. He is the author of three novels and fourteen books of nonfiction, including Bambi Vs. Godzilla, on the Nature and Purpose of the Movie Business and The Secret Knowledge, on the Dismantling of American Culture, both of which were New York Times bestsellers, several children's plays and books, numerous magazine articles, and has collaborated on many songs with his wife, songwriter and actress Rebecca Pidgeon. A Chicago native, this is his first novel in two decades.

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