Billy Phelan's Greatest Game by William Kennedy
Billy Phelan, a slightly tarnished poker player, pool hustler, and small-time bookie, moves through the lurid nighttime glare of a tough Depression-era town. A resourceful man full of Irish pluck, Billy works the fringes of Albany sporting life with his own particular style and private code of honor until he finds himself in the dangerous position of potential go-between in the kidnapping of a political boss's son. In relating Billy's fall from the underworld grace and his storybook redemption, Kennedy captures the seamy underside of a brassy, sweaty city that would prefer to pretend that the Depression doesn't exist.
The 1929th greatest fiction book of all time
This book is on the following lists:
- - 80th on 20th Century's Greatest Hits: 100 English-Language Books of Fiction (Larry McCaffery)