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The Dick

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A pencil-pushing policeman becomes a badass sleuth in this off-the-wall detective story from one of America's funniest writers

Kenneth LePeters (nee Sussman) is a "quasi-dick." A public relations man for homicide bureaus, he carries a half-size badge and keeps his pearl-handled Smith & Wesson .38 locked in his desk drawer. Recently returned to the East Coast after 17 years in America's heartland, he finds the cosmopolitan air of a big-city police department refreshing - the detectives treat him almost like a real member of the homicide family. Then everything goes horribly wrong. . . .

A zoning quirk of their new neighborhood forces the LePeters's 10-year-old daughter, Jamie, to go to the worst school in town. Blaming her husband, Claire LePeters starts an affair with Detective Chico, a cop turned underground filmmaker. To make matters worse, when his colleagues discover that LePeters is Jewish, their bonhomie dries up as fast as a false lead.

To reclaim his manhood and get his family back, LePeters must become the full-fledged dick he never thought he could be. Bruce Jay Friedman's twisted take on the cop novel is a hilarious, mordant, and wildly inventive portrait of a man daring to succeed in a world that has always expected him to fail.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Bruce Jay Friedman including rare photos from the author's personal collection.

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Used availability for Bruce Jay Friedman's The Dick

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Hardback Editions

March 1971 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: The Dick
Author(s): Bruce Jay Friedman
ISBN: 0-224-00505-7 / 978-0-224-00505-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
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Paperback Editions

August 1973 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Dick
Author(s): Bruce Jay Friedman
ISBN: 0-14-003632-6 / 978-0-14-003632-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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Kindle Editions

September 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Dick: A Novel
Author(s): Bruce Jay Friedman
Publisher: Open Road Media
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