Sweet and Vicious "I'm Grace McGlone. This is Henry Dante. We're trying for heaven." So announces the heroine of Schickler's totally cracked, lushly written, but (as its title… Sweet and Vicious "I'm Grace McGlone. This is Henry Dante. We're trying for heaven." So announces the heroine of Schickler's totally cracked, lushly written, but (as its title… 2004-08-31 Fiction Dial Press
Book Review

Sweet And Vicious (2004)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Aug 31, 2004; Writer: David Schickler; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Dial Press

''I'm Grace McGlone. This is Henry Dante. We're trying for heaven.'' So announces the heroine of Schickler's totally cracked, lushly written, but (as its title suggests) zanily uneven first novel. Grace is a small-town Wisconsin girl, Henry a reformed heavy carrying a suitcase full of stolen million-dollar diamonds. ''Trying for heaven'' means driving around the country after meeting at a car wash, giving the loot away as unforgiving gangsters give chase. Schickler ambitiously follows his fantastic 2001 story collection Kissing in Manhattan with a precious fairy-tale version of a bloody pulp novel. At times the book careers like a car without the brakes, but Schickler spins sentences in a way that keeps you in your seat.

Originally posted Sep 03, 2004 Published in issue #781 Sep 03, 2004 Order article reprints
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