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The City Man

Akler, Howard

(eBook - 2005)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The City Man
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March 6, 1934. Hundreds gather outside City Hall to celebrate the Toronto Centenary. In the crowd, pickpocket Mona Kantor and her partner, Chesler, are #145;in the tip,' finding easy pickings among the jostling masses. Eli Morenz, city man for the Daily Star , is covering the festivities and uncovering the pickpocket racket working the scene. A surreptitious photo and some keen research lead him to an underworld dive in Kensington Market where Toronto's pickpockets converge #150; and to Mona. Moving from a tense newsroom on King Street to the frenetic grift at Union Station, The City Man is a romance that begins in an instant and careens towards peril. Akler's prose is as deft as a thief's fingers, as precise and powerful as a heavyweight's punch. Packed with enchanting, arcane period slang and comparable in its evocation of a lost Toronto to Michael Ondaatje's In the Skin of a Lion , this is a novel of exceptional grace, excitement and beauty.
Publisher: Toronto : Coach House Books, 2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781770560284
9781552451588
Branch Call Number: Electronic Book
Characteristics: 154 p
Additional Contributors: ebrary
Alternate Title: Public Library Complete

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Hundreds gather outside City Hall to celebrate the Toronto Centenary. Pick pocketers Mona and Chelser find easy pickings among the masses. Eli, city man from the Daily Star, is covering the festivities and working to uncover the pickpocket racket. He soon finds himself where all of Toronto's pic... Read More »


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Jul 28, 2013
  • bette108 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

An interesting book - for it's style as well as it's subject. An if you know Toronto at all, you can "see" the city in his descriptions....Union Station, Spadina, etc. I didn't find the ending very satisfactory, but I enjoyed the the clipped, sparse style as well as the believable dialogue. Worth a read just because of Akler's rather unique writing style.

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