The City Man
By (author) Howard Akler
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City Man by Howard Akler
Book DescriptionMarch 6, 1934. Hundreds gather outside City Hall to celebrate the Toronto Centenary. In the crowd, pickpocket Mona Kantor and her partner, Chesler, are '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 -- 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781552451588
(203mm x 127mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Coach House Books
Publisher: Coach House Books
Publish Date: 29-Nov-2001
Country of Publication: Canada
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Toronto: The Unknown City, Paperback (March 2003)» View all books by Howard Akler
Delves into the lesser known spaces and stories of Hogtown, offering tantalising tidbits of local lore, off-beat facts, and surprising anecdotes that will captivate visitors and locals alike. From sealed off public spaces to lost railways, tales of true crime to behind-the- scenes movie gossip, this book is packed with revelations.
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Author Biography - Howard Akler
Howard Akler was born in Toronto in 1969. He is the co-author (with Sarah B. Hood) of Toronto: The Unknown City (Arsenal Pulp, 2003).
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