In his brilliant second novel, Dermot McEvoy sweeps his readers into one of the most heated political races in New York City history, where an unlikely player decides to make her presence known. First it hits the papers that the Virgin Mary has appeared to Jackie Swift, an affable GOP congressman with a couple of nasty habits. She then appears in a dream to Wolfe Tone O’Rourke, a liberal political consultant who is still haunted by the ghost of Bobby Kennedy, whose death he feels responsible for. Swift uses the Virgin, soon styled Our Lady of Greenwich Village,” to support a strong anti-abortion spin on his reelection campaign, which immediately polarizes Greenwich Village. O’Rourke, beset by his many demons, sees something familiar in the Virgin’s dancing eyes and the line of her smile and decides to run against Swift with on the platform of NO MORE BULLSHIT.”
With help from unlikely characters like Cyclops Reilly, a one-eyed newspaper columnist for the Daily News, and Simone Sam” McGuire, his pretty, no-nonsense assistant, O’Rourke sets out to bring down a corrupt political class while confronting the ghosts of his past. In this caustic roman à clef, Demot McEvoy portrays a Manhattan that is fetid with political corruption and religious in prose as sharp as an ice pick.
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