Billy Phelans's Greatest Game is the second in William Kennedy's brilliant cycle of novels known as the Albany Trilogy. 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. As an added bonus, when you purchase our Audible Modern Vanguard production of William Kennedy's book, you'll also receive an exclusive Jim Atlas interview. This interview – where James Atlas interviews Russell Banks about the life and work of William Kennedy – begins as soon as the audiobook ends.
"What James Joyce did for Dublin and Saul Bellow did for Chicago, William has done for Albany, New York....His cycle of Albany novels is one of the great resurrections of place in our literature." (Vogue)
"No one writing in America today has Kennedy's rich and fertile gift of gab; his pure verbal energy; his love of people." (Saturday Review)
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