Simon & Schuster
On Sale: April 23, 2019
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Literature and Fiction
From Steve Israel, the Congressman-turned-novelist who
writes “in the full-tilt style of Carl Hiaasen” (The
Washington Post), a comic tale of the mighty firearm
industry, a small Long Island town, and Washington politics:
“Congress should pass a law making Big Guns mandatory
reading for themselves” (Nelson DeMille).
When Chicago’s Mayor Michael Rodriguez starts a national
campaign to ban handguns from America’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
Asabogue’s Mayor Lois Leibowitz passes an ordinance to ban
guns in the town—right in Otis Cogsworth’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
“New York congressman-turned-novelist Steve Israel delivers
a second brilliant political satire” (Booklist,
starred review). “An entertaining satire” (Kirkus
Reviews, starred review), Big Guns is “a
wonderfully irreverent satire about the fractured and
fractious American political and lobbying system…a
rollicking comedic trip” (Publishers Weekly).
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