The tale of Kid McCoy starts out as a tip-top humdinger. Strauss – author of Chang and Eng, a debut lollapalooza about conjoined twins from Siam – writes about the Gatsbyfied Virgil Selby, a boy who just rolled up out of nowhere in 1895, swiped the identity of an itinerant boxer, and remade himself as a prizefighter with a devastating corkscrew punch and a flimflam artist of enviable imagination. The yarn proceeds in a risky yammer; in a good scam, for instance, ”the sucker’s whole face will burst like a potato when it’s cooked.” Chinese grifters patter philosophically. Redheaded dames display snappish wit. But what begins colorfully devolves into haphazard cartoonishness, a series of ridiculous con jobs and historical walk-ons that affords few glimpses of the Kid’s inner life.
The Real McCoy The tale of Kid McCoy starts out as a tip-top humdinger. Strauss -- author of Chang and Eng, a debut lollapalooza about conjoined twins from Siam --...The Real McCoyHistorical Fiction, True Crime, FictionDarin Strauss The tale of Kid McCoy starts out as a tip-top humdinger. Strauss -- author of Chang and Eng, a debut lollapalooza about conjoined twins from Siam --...2002-06-14E.P. Dutton
Genre: Historical Fiction, True Crime, Fiction; Lead Performer: Kim Basinger, Val Kilmer; Author: Darin Strauss; Publisher: E.P. Dutton
Posted June 14 2002 — 12:00 AM EDT
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