Trading in his federal jail cell for a Hollywood cell phone, Don Reedy goes on ”TV parole” – that is, he becomes a consultant on the network drama about his life as a lowlife. Connelly’s satirical concept doesn’t really take off until Don is caught on camera, reality TV-style, robbing his own show, but even then it’s somewhat hampered by hazy plotting and indistinct characters. Connelly (Bringing Out the Dead) is better at the extreme ends of literary effects: identifying television as a wasteland, on one hand, and antic throwaway high jinks, on the other. Cars run over more people here, both comically and repeatedly, than in an afternoon’s worth of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
Crumbtown Trading in his federal jail cell for a Hollywood cell phone, Don Reedy goes on ''TV parole'' -- that is, he becomes a consultant on the network drama...CrumbtownFictionJoe Connelly Trading in his federal jail cell for a Hollywood cell phone, Don Reedy goes on ''TV parole'' -- that is, he becomes a consultant on the network drama...2003-03-21
Genre: Fiction; Author: Joe Connelly
Posted March 21 2003 — 12:00 AM EST
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