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The Tragic Flaw

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Following in his Italian father's gangster footsteps, the bi-racial Cicero Day has little problem rising to the top of the Kansas City underworld. He and his comrades deal with their enemies with all manner of weaponry: guns, knives, poison, trained beasts and even HIV. Yet, Cicero is haunted by recurring nightmares, and bothered with his mother's steadfast belief in God. Cicero, who is an atheist, feels there's no place for myths in a man's life who is trying to ascend to power. While he is the master of his domain and even viewed as a hero to some, there is an unseen kink in his seemingly impregnable armor.

From Publishers Weekly

Jul 30, 2007 – After a lyrical opening that promises a profound and insightful look at life on the mean streets of Kansas City, Mo., Parker's debut loses its way. Cicero Day, illegitimate biracial son of one of the city's late mob leaders, plots to flood the U.S. with a new superdrug while looking for opportunities to kill and maim, purely for sadistic pleasure. Day's lack of interest in a news report that the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to ban religion from “schools, libraries, privately owned businesses, and the Internet” says less about his character than it does about the novel's scattered nature, as this implausible potential shift in the law appears without any context or follow-up. Readers should be prepared for some purple prose (“The solstice bids farewell and the equinox comes to pass. Life explodes with vibrancy, then diminishes as the Earth tilts on its axis”) and a story with little substance to offset the gore.
The Tragic Flaw
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  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Sep 04, 2007
  • Publisher: Strebor Books
  • Seller: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
  • Print Length: 272 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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