The People's Police

The People s Police Laissez les bon temps rouler Martin Luther Martin is a hard working New Orleans cop who has come up from the gangland of Alligator Swamp through hard work When he has to serve his own eviction notice

Laissez les bon temps rouler Martin Luther Martin is a hard working New Orleans cop who has come up from the gangland of Alligator Swamp through hard work When he has to serve his own eviction notice, he decides he s had enough and agrees to spearhead a police strike.Brothel owner and entrepreneur J B Lafitte finds himself in a tight spot when his whorehouse in the GardLaissez les bon temps rouler Martin Luther Martin is a hard working New Orleans cop who has come up from the gangland of Alligator Swamp through hard work When he has to serve his own eviction notice, he decides he s had enough and agrees to spearhead a police strike.Brothel owner and entrepreneur J B Lafitte finds himself in a tight spot when his whorehouse in the Garden District goes into foreclosure The fat cats responsible for the real estate collapse after Katrina didn t differentiate between social strata or vocation.MaryLou Boudreau, aka Mama Legba, is a television star and voodoo queen with a difference The loas really do speak through her.In the television studio, Martin, hoping for publicity for the strike and support from the people, calls for them to make a stand against the banks, corporate fat cats, and corrupt politicians And his question, What will it take , changes everything in the Big Easy.

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  1. Born in New York in 1940, Norman Spinrad is an acclaimed SF writer.Norman Spinrad, born in New York City, is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science In 1957 he entered City College of New York and graduated in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science degree as a pre law major In 1966 he moved to San Francisco, then to Los Angeles, and now lives in Paris He married fellow novelist N Lee Wood in 1990 they divorced in 2005 They had no children Spinrad served as President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America SFWA from 1980 to 1982 and again from 2001 to 2002.

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  1. The People s Police is a very politically charged novel It questions, it mocks, it satirizes and it challenges The book is quite cynical about the world of politics and business in particular You have to be able to appreciate a strong political message in the book to like it Spinrad does not hide his own opinions, which border on the anarchistic at times, in the novel I suspect this goes for a lot of his other books as well, so for readers familiar with his work, that will most likely not be a s [...]


  2. I should know better than to start a Spinrad book late at night, I stayed up way too late The People s Police is much along the lines of Bug Jack Barron and his other cynical and snarky political works He s one of the openly leftist authors in SF, not a common occurrence Spinrad doesn t pull punches, he cheerfully roasts Democrats and Republicans and the corrupt Louisiana police while still treating characters as individuals and not stereotypes His use of voodoo adds a very strange twist to even [...]


  3. This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book Rated 3.0 of 5I have really mixed feelings about this book On the one hand it s gritty and very real feeling, with oddball characters and a dark, Disney esque New Orleans On the other hand, it s very political, with characters that don t appeal or reach out to me.I haven t read many books set in the New Orleans area and I ve never been to Louisiana, but I recognize the unique characteristics of the community and author Norman Spinrad do [...]


  4. Originally posted at archeddoorwayThis really isn t the type of book I typically read, as I tend to avoid books so blatantly political in nature, but I found The People s Police by Norman Spinrad to be a fast paced and oddly enjoyable read I say oddly enjoyable because while this isn t something I would have gone out to buy myself, I was still unable to put it down once I had started reading it.The first thing that really comes to mind while I sit here and attempt to write this review is how muc [...]


  5. A complex interplay of Louisiana and New Orleans politics, the New Orleans Tourist industry, police politics, the nature of Christian and moral duty, the conflict between the lowest and highest percentile of the American population, mixed with the Loa of voodoo Once the police refuse to deliver eviction orders on each other, how long before they decide to refuse to do it to any one, and then how long is it before they began to choose which victimless crimes they will enforce.


  6. My cousin, whom I have never met, paintss an entertaining tale of the mortgage crisis, in a delightful backdrop of voodoo, Mardi Gras and upstate Louisiana conservatism versus bawdy New Orleans laissez les bons temps rouler ism Fun



  7. The core of this novel, however, is not its characters, or its plot, or even its language it s the themes On first glance, The People s Police might not appear to be a very political book, but the reader need not get very far into it to see just how very political it is It addresses issues such as police brutality, poor economic management by the government, climate change, racism, misogyny just to name a few Readers with a good grasp of the United States socioeconomic and political problems fro [...]



  8. Great idea, too much telling not enough showing, and while he created characters with amazing potential he never filled them out.


  9. Mon avis en Fran aisMy English reviewI was very curious about this novel when I heard about it I m a fan of stories set in New Orleans and what about the mention of voodoo Yes, I was really excited to discover this book.The author makes us discover a world full of imagination set in New Orleans and it was interesting to discover what Katrina had done with this place Indeed, the city is no longer directed as it was and people are all evicted little by little, whoever they are Alas, it is now the [...]



  10. THE PEOPLE S POLICE by Norman SpinradThis book was amusing, irreverent, insightful and outrageous A quote from page 37 provides insight to the author s style, Never attribute anything to conspiracy that can be explained by assholery The quote won t fly on my review but for my blog, my rules This is not a book for the faint of heart or those who oppose satirical writing or who are offended by profuse profanity New Orleans is the setting and the people provide stupendous color Martin Luther Martin [...]


  11. This is a fairy tale set in New Orleans Or an x rated version of the movie Dave Either way every day graft and politics are turned upside down by a few people who decide against all things to do the right thing Of course, the question becomes What is the right thing No violence, no robbin , no rapin , and y all don t bother anyone who ain t breaking any of the other three, anything else your People s Police see the People doin , you just smile and step aside This is a big romp of a novel, involv [...]


  12. This was an adorable little book.Well, okay, maybe adorable is the wrong word Sexy Risqu Sex, drugs, and Rock and Roll No no no, I ve got it Mardi Gras.This book is really good I like the premise, I like the story, and I really like the way it doesn t care if you don t like swearing or not, because you better fucking deal with it or get lost It s just Mardi Gras New Orleans, baby.I would so jump into the world of the Eternal Mardi Gras Better than this dump.But there was some issues One being th [...]


  13. openbooksociety article thThe People s PoliceBy Norman SpinradISBN 9780765384270Brought to you by OBS reviewer KaytSynopsis Laissez les bon temps rouler Martin Luther Martin is a hard working New Orleans cop who has come up from the gangland of Alligator Swamp through hard work When he has to serve his own eviction notice, he decides he s had enough and agrees to spearhead a police strike.Brothel owner and entrepreneur J B Lafitte finds himself in a tight spot when his whorehouse in the Garden D [...]


  14. Pretty good for a guy who doesn t know jack shit about Louisiana politics That is a quote from Chapter 22, and also the bulk of my review Politics is notoriously dirty in La but it is probably dirty everywhere I don t think Spinrad has any particular insight into La politics, or even politics in general I don t think he has any real insight into how a Libertarian style police force with the motto No victim, no crime would really work Probably knows nothing much about Voodoo either.Nonetheless, i [...]


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