The People's Police

The People's Police : A Novel

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Brothel owner and entrepreneur J. B. Lafitte finds himself in a tight spot when his whorehouse in the Garden District goes into foreclosure. The fat cats responsible for the real estate collapse after Katrina didn't differentiate between social strata or vocation. MaryLou Boudreau, aka Mama Legba, is a television star and voodoo queen with a difference. The loas really do speak through her. In the television studio, Martin, hoping for publicity for the strike and support from the people, calls for them to make a stand against the banks, corporate fat cats, and corrupt politicians. And his question, "What will it take?", changes everything in the Big Easy.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 146 x 217 x 26mm | 370g
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0765384272
  • 9780765384270
  • 1,847,587

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Praise for The People's Police

"A voice of thunder...No one could ever call Mr. Spinrad moderate, but over the decades he has shown himself a hard guy to argue with. And devastatingly funny as well." --The Wall Street Journal

"Spinrad keeps the action swift and raises some provocative issues of police-community relations along the way." --Chicago Tribune

"When it comes to raw, on-the-edge science fiction, Norman Spinrad's The People's Police is the real thing!" --Amazing Stories

"An incisive satire that conveys the special circumstances of New Orleans in today's America, with a clever twist of voodoo magic and humor." --Booklist

"With a sympathetic eye for all human foibles and aspirations, Spinrad, employing the same sharp satiric scalpel used by Tom Wolfe at his best, delivers parables and parodies of our uncivil civic sphere." --Locus

"The People's Police is bound to rub some readers the wrong way as well. Then again, it wouldn't be a good satire if it didn't."--Rob Weber, Val's Random Comments

"Don't expect conventional Science Fiction but if you want to read a slice of life, this is a good example to try."--SF Crowsnest

"Spinrad is a philosophic game changer."--Pick of the Literate

"This is vintage Spinrad, wild and wacky."--Robert McGrath

"Two hundred years ago the Marquis de Sade imagined a new kind of utopia, in which liberty, equality, and fraternity had been achieved through sexual and moral mayhem. Norman Spinrad has updated Sade's vision (minus the sadism) . . . The People's Police is a big, Fat-Tuesday carnival of a book." --Paul Park, author of All Those Vanished Engines

"Norman Spinrad takes on Louisiana politics, bare-knuckle persuasion, and some Big Easy voodoo in The People's Police. This is a terrific take on a near-future New Orleans where the political climate is as warmed as the weather as the working class takes on the political elite." --Rick Wilber author of Alien Morning

Praise for Norman Spinrad

"Norman Spinrad, like his characters, takes great risks; the rewards for readers willing to meet him halfway are commensurate." --The New York Times Book Review

"Norman Spinrad, one of the sacred heroes of my coming-of-age as a writer, has never quit redefining his role as dissident and sage--he's that most miraculous of creatures, a utopianist's dystopianist." --Jonathan Lethem, New York Times bestselling author
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About Norman Spinrad

NORMAN SPINRAD is a science fiction icon and the author of more than twenty novels, which have been translated into more than a dozen languages. His 1969 novel Bug Jack Barron was nominated for the Hugo and Nebula awards, and his short fiction collection The Star-Spangled Future was a National Book Award finalist. He has also written screenplays for American television series, including the original Star Trek. He lives in Paris.
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48 ratings
3.66 out of 5 stars
5 21% (10)
4 40% (19)
3 25% (12)
2 15% (7)
1 0% (0)
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