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In his first novel since Stray Dogs, John Ridley offers up a brilliant noir farce.
Everything's a racket for Jeffty Kittridge, ex-wannabe scriptwriter living on the skids in Hollywood: the two-bit con he pulls for spending money, the way he convinces himself he's not drinking, how he tries to persuade the local shark that he'll pay off his 15K debt. But he's not very good at it: he's seen jail twice; the bug he just felt on his neck may be the first installment of the DTs; and he's recently received a payment-due reminder of broken thumbs. In fact, Jeffty is a big-time loser, and getting bigger all the time.
Until he stumbles on a street-hardened, exquisitely beautiful young homeless woman who inspires love...and the idea for the perfect con. It's Jeffty's chance to hit it big, to be set for life in a new life with his new love...except -- as the story speeds him toward what he imagines will be a moment of blissed-out consummation, he's actually on his way to discovering that love can be the biggest racket of them all.
Smart, edgy, caustically funny, Love is a Racket puts John Ridley in a darkly comic league of his own.
Title: Love Is a Racket
Edition: First Edition
Publisher: Knopf: 1998
ISBN Number(s): 0375401423
ISBN Number(s) 13: 9780375401428
Condition: Very Good in Very Good dust jacket
Item Weight: 1.00 Item
Description: First Edition. Ex-Library. Book in Very Good condition with Very Good DJ in mylar. Mylar has litter wear with some rubbing, but DJ itself has almost none. Has removed card page and ex-library marks. ; Ex-Library; 1.3 x 9.3 x 6 Inches; 295 pages; Shelf 11