Simon & Schuster
On Sale: April 23, 2019
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Literature and Fiction
From Steve Israel, the Congressman-turned-novelist who
writes â€śin the full-tilt style of Carl Hiaasenâ€ť (The
Washington Post), a comic tale of the mighty firearm
industry, a small Long Island town, and Washington politics:
â€śCongress should pass a law making Big Guns mandatory
reading for themselvesâ€ť (Nelson DeMille).
When Chicagoâ€™s Mayor Michael Rodriguez starts a national
campaign to ban handguns from Americaâ€™s cities, towns, and
villages, Otis Cogsworth, the wealthy chairman and CEO of a
huge arms company in Asabogue, Long Island, is worried. In
response, he and lobbyist Sunny McCarthy convince an
Arkansas congressman to introduce federal legislation
mandating that every American must own a firearm. Events
Asabogueâ€™s Mayor Lois Leibowitz passes an ordinance to ban
guns in the townâ€”right in Otis Cogsworthâ€™s backyard. Otis
retaliates by orchestrating a recall election against Lois
and Jack Steele, a rich town resident, runs against her.
Even though the election is for the mayor of a small village
on Long Island, Steele brings in the big guns of American
politics to defeat Lois. Soon, thousands of pro-gun and
anti-gun partisans descend on Asabogue, and the bucolic town
becomes a tinderbox. Meanwhile, Washington politicians in
both parties are caught between a mighty gun lobby and the
absurdity of requiring that every American, with waivers for
children under age four, carry a gun. What ensues is a
discomfiting, hilarious indictment of the state of American
â€śNew York congressman-turned-novelist Steve Israel delivers
a second brilliant political satireâ€ť (Booklist,
starred review). â€śAn entertaining satireâ€ť (Kirkus
Reviews, starred review), Big Guns is â€śa
wonderfully irreverent satire about the fractured and
fractious American political and lobbying systemâ€¦a
rollicking comedic tripâ€ť (Publishers Weekly).
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