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Criminals

List Price: $26.00

ON SALE: July 17, 2018 | Hardcover | 6x9, 240 pages | ISBN 9781640090378

Criminals is a brilliant and lovingly told story of one family’s progress through the years, from Robert’s childhood in NYC in the 1970s to his father’s death in 2002.

The Siegels of New York are a singular creation—quirky, idealistic, shaped in large part by Siegel’s father, a lovable, impossible man of gargantuan appetites and sloppy ethics, a criminal defense attorney who loved his drug dealing clients a little too much and went to prison as a result. Siegel’s mother decided to pour her energies into making her children refined, art loving mavens of fine dining in international settings—all the things that his father was not, with Robert as her most targeted ally. Once out of prison, Siegel’s father struggled with depression, attempting to re-enter legal practice, with age and finances nipping at their heels. Robert, as a son and later as an author, attempts to put all of these pieces together to make a coherent shape of family before realizing perhaps no such thing exists.

What is right, what is wrong? How does one family join the greater world of normal people beyond the demimonde of drug dealers, bikers, schemers, rock musicians and artists that swirled around them? Criminals explores those questions without easy judgements, creating a prism of an eccentric collection of characters bound together as the mysterious tribe of family.

About Robert Siegel

ROBERT ANTHONY SIEGEL is the author of two novels, All the Money in the World and All Will Be Revealed. His work has appeared in The New York TimesThe Los Angeles TimesSmithsonianThe Paris ReviewThe Oxford American, and Tin House, among other venues. Robert has been a Fulbright Scholar at Tunghai University in Taiwan and a Mombukagakusho Fellow at the University of Tokyo in Japan. Other awards include O. Henry and Pushcart Prizes and fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center and the Michener-Copernicus Society.

Praise

Praise for All Will Be Revealed

“Set in late 19th-century New York City, Siegel’s second novel provides a fascinating tour of a pornographer’s studio and a reluctant spiritual medium’s parlor…a richly detailed and seedily seductive narrative.” —Publishers Weekly

“Well-turned and elegant… gloriously complex.” —Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Siegel is skillful at incorporating into his narrative many fascinating details about photography and spiritualism… he draws readers into the emotional lives of two stunted people who exploit others’ vulnerabilities while failing to understand their own. This well-crafted novel offers both an unusual plotline and richly atmospheric settings.” —Booklist

“The story unfolds dramatically as both lovers attempt to reconcile with ghosts from their past, fight those trying to separate them in the present, and, of course, admit their feelings for each other. Recommended.” —Library Journal

Praise for All The Money In The World

“Louis Glasser goes from rags to riches and back again. As a very successful defense attorney, he handles the cases of drug dealers, pornographers, and the shady elements of society. His motivation to succeed is not justice but money. He finds himself the target of an investigation and learns that his long-time client has fingered him in something dirty. Glasser, while greedy and self-serving, somehow manages to be a compassionate man as well, and Siegel unfolds a straightforward story of his downfall. Along the way, Jason, Glasser’s son, looks at his father with contempt, pity, and envy but also with love and a loyal belief in his innocence. Although this first novel is well written, there are questions left unanswered and subplots that float in and fizzle out. By the end there are no big moral lessons, no last-minute hero to save Glasser from prison. A melancholy tale; recommended for large collections.” –Library Journal

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