Story and Characters
Fixer reviewed by Ann Mahony on Amazon.com
Ed Brodow has whipped together a magnificent tale of an uneducated
Jewish man who rises from poverty to the top of New York's political establishment
while remaining an independent outsider. Harry Leonnoff continues to surprise
the reader throughout this taut and moving novel. His adventures are unforgettable
because of the incredible obstacles he faces - notably poverty, polio,
anti-Semitism, lack of formal education, his unwillingness to compromise
his integrity, and a collection of tough adversaries.
The story was always catching me off-guard, was never formulaic, and was
made even richer by its in-depth historical perspective. The author obviously
has done a lot of research and describes the inner workings of New York
politics in a way that opened my eyes and I'm sure will surprise and enlighten
many readers, including New Yorkers who think they know a lot about their
city's political history. Fixer exposes the dark side of famous
Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, who he shows to be defensive, vindictive, and
cruel. The chilling story of Harry's crazy brother-in-law, Willie Malakow,
is reason itself to make this book a winner.
If you like a beautifully told story with characters that will jump off
the page at you, Fixer is your best bet in a long time.