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Publisher's Summary

Bobby Clark is just 16 when he drops out of school to follow his big brother, Jim, into the jewelry business. Bobby idolizes Jim and is in awe of Jim's girlfriend, Lisa, the best saleswoman at the Fort Worth Deluxe Diamond Exchange.

What follows is the story of a young man's education in two of the oldest human passions, love and money. Through a dark, sharp lens, Clancy Martin captures the luxury business in all its exquisite vulgarity and outrageous fraud, finding in the diamond-and-watch trade a metaphor for the American soul at work.

©2009 Clancy Martin; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"The central narrative is engaging, a straightforward coming-of-age story. ... [R]eading Faulkner, I'm struck with the exhilarating awareness that immense questions are working themselves out right before my eyes; reading Martin, it's all too evident that commonplaces, worked out already and elsewhere, are being drafted in, or soldered on, to lend philosophical gravitas to what is, at base, a quite straight-up, noirish moral potboiler." (New York Times Book Review)
"This is one of those books that make you slap your forehead and marvel at the intricate lies that ensnare the unwary, even as you check to make sure your wallet and your wits are right where you left them." (O, the Oprah Magazine)
"The fun, flash, and fakery of Martin's story are all on the surface, expertly hooking the most casual browser. But underneath it's a timely capitalist satire (wide-eyed Canadian Bobby Clark's unsentimental education in the dastardly business of American consumer culture) that stealthily creeps toward heartbreak." (New York Magazine)

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Pointless and Mediocre

It was just kind of pointless.

Some sex, some drugs some action but there was no resounding moral or conclusion to the story.

It began well but than in the middle I said to myself "Wait a second what is the point"?

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  • Willie
  • Lathrup Village, MI, United States
  • 09-04-10

Johnthan Franzen fooled me

He has this on his list of five books to read this summer and it is the most pointless book I have read in a long time. Everything about it is unnecessarily gross, for no reason. I would have enjoyed learning about the jewelry business, without the theft and drugs and uninteresting relationships.