Legs by William Kennedy

Legs inaugurated William Kennedy's brilliant cycle of novels (including Billy Phelan's Greatest Game and Ironweed) set in Albany, New York. True to both life and myth, Legs brilliantly evokes the flamboyant career of the legendary gangster Jack "Legs" Diamond, who was finally murdered in Albany. Through the equivocal eyes of Diamond's attorney, Marcus Gorman (who scraps a promising political career for the more elemental excitement of the criminal underworld), we watch as Legs and his showgirl mistress, Kiki Roberts, blaze their gaudy trail across the tabloid pages of the 1920s and 1930s. Diamond and his gangster entourage emerge as emblematic figures from an era of American innocence-and corruption.

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The 2479th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 80th on 20th Century's Greatest Hits: 100 English-Language Books of Fiction (Larry McCaffery)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
Legs Hardcover 2684162 $65.75 $0.01
Legs Audio CD 8304926 $5.95 $1.79
Legs Hardcover 5184552 $142.74 $17.34 1976
Legs Paperback 4002596 $8.09 $0.59 1983
Legs Audible Audio Edition 64733 $29.95 2009
Legs Paperback 9516913 $0.46
Billy Phelan's Greatest Game Hardcover 1725013 $771.74 $14.32 1978
AN Albany Trio Paperback 774560 $10.75 $0.01 1996
Legs Paperback 10350540 $46.00 1975
Legs Hardcover 3076639 $77.80 $7.13
AN Albany Trio Paperback 15338835 $125.29 $32.41 1996
Legs Paperback 1034839 $11.80 $0.99 1983
Albany Cycle Book 2: Quinn's Book; The Flaming Corsage; Legs Paperback 5827764 $60.00 $9.14 2002
Billy Phelan's Greatest Game Paperback 1394416 $9.52 $0.99 1983