Not up to The Right Stuff but a good read.
Other than it seemed like Tom Wolfe had a contract to produce "X" amount of pages in his publishing contract, the story was great until the sloppy ending. I think he could have done better.
Very funny satire about modern day south.
Tom Wolfe's novel stars a college football star turned millionaire businessman who, in late middle age, finds himself with a troublesome young wife and a mountain of debt. The cast includes Conrad Hensley, who gets in trouble with the law after losing his job; a black ex-athlete accused of raping a white girl; and the lawyer who represents him. This explosive, multihued novel about the tension in late 20th-century Atlanta involves illegal immigrants, prison life, shady real estate deals, trophy wives and the women they have replaced. Wolfe's first novel in 11 years was a finalist for the 1998 National Book Award. A New York Times Notable Book for 1998.
This is an awesome book by an outstanding writer. The characters are unique and tell their stories with specific voice and clarity. It is not a thriller, but I was riveted to the book until the very last word.
Excellent theme and some very interesting characters. Plot takes some zig-zags but holds together in the end. Some very graphic scenes described.