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 2450th 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
Billy Phelan's Greatest Game Paperback 403487 $9.53 $0.10 1983
Legs Paperback 463793 $11.57 $0.99 1983
Albany Cycle Book 2: Quinn's Book; The Flaming Corsage; Legs Paperback 8345909 $60.00 $19.34 2002
Legs Paperback 10350540 $46.00 1975
Legs Hardcover 2684162 $65.75 $0.01
Legs Audio CD 8304926 $5.95 $1.79
AN Albany Trio Paperback 774560 $10.75 $0.01 1996
AN Albany Trio Paperback 2120352 $17.60 $1.58 1996
Legs Paperback 4002596 $8.09 $0.59 1983
Legs Paperback 9516913 $0.46
Billy Phelan's Greatest Game Hardcover 1202913 $62.18 $3.99 1978