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The Iron Will of Shoeshine Cats

(2009)
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From the author of the short fiction collection Based on a True Story comes a vibrant, hilarious addition to the genre of mob tragicomedy. Twenty-year-old Russell Newhouse, a quick-witted scholar and skirt-chaser, has New York's organized crime scene thrust upon him by a man called Shushan 'Shoeshine' Cats, who interrupts a meeting of a Brooklyn Jewish men's society where Russell is serving as secretary. Shushan is in need of a favor and promptly takes Russell under his wing. What ensues is a classic boy-meets-mob story: part noir, part comedy, part epic. Kestin's richly layered characters - a monstrously obese German organized crime attorney named Frit von Zeppelin, a Jewish Texan who speaks in malapropisms, a dentist who anglicizes or Yiddishizes his name depending on his mood - are straight out of Dickens; his vivid attention to the details of place, New York, and time, 1963, is like poetic journalism; and his snappy, concise prose and dialogue is on par with Raymond Chandler. Kestin zips through Russell's sexual trysts, dealings in back rooms of Little Italy restaurants, and encounters with historical events like the JFK assassination with unflagging humor and insight.


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April 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Iron Will of Shoeshine Cats
Author(s): Hesh Kestin
ISBN: 1-4447-5610-9 / 978-1-4447-5610-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Mulholland Books
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November 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Iron Will of Shoeshine Cats
Author(s): Hesh Kestin
ISBN: 0-9767177-8-6 / 978-0-9767177-8-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dzanc Books
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Title: The Iron Will of Shoeshine Cats
Author(s): Hesh Kestin
Publisher: Mulholland Books
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November 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Iron Will of Shoeshine Cats
Author(s): Hesh Kestin
Publisher: Dzanc Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA