Fixer reviewed by Mona Lisa Safai for TCM Reviews
In the early 1900s, New York City politics was ruled by the political
machine and rarely apologized to the little people. The novel, Fixer
is a fast-paced tale about one man, Harry Leonnoff who battles throughout
his life, beginning with polio, beating his way out of the Lower East
Side, and discovering a way to champion for immigrants, the underclass,
and minorities in the Big Apple.
Through his adventures, he works his way as a law clerk, with no formal
education, as one of the sharpest politicians in the city. He confronts
the thugs and bigots, and saves many who would have fallen through the
criminal justice cracks if he had not intervened in his own way. Nicknamed
Robin Hood, Harry continues to assist the disadvantaged when they could
not help themselves against the political machine or criminal justice
After the Great Depression, a vengeful mayor, Fiorello La Guardia challenges
Leonnoff's sense of honor. He forces his hand and insults his reputation
and integrity. He forces Harry to make a decision between his career and
Ed Brodow writes Fixer with ease and enthusiasm for his character.
Harry Leonnoff is a character that readers easily want to know and care
about. He has finesse for storytelling and engages readers with his eye
for descriptive details. The combination of drama and humor accentuate
his fiction piece creating an enticing story.