Big Guns: A Novel

Big Guns: A Novel

Synopsis

From Steve Israel, the Congressman-turned-novelist who writes “in the full-tilt style of Carl Hiaasen” (The Washington Post), a comic tale of the mighty firearm industry, a small Long Island town, and Washington politics: “Congress should pass a law making Big Guns mandatory reading for themselves” (Nelson DeMille).

When Chicago’s Mayor Michael Rodriguez starts a national campaign to ban handguns from America’s cities, towns, and villages, Otis Cogsworth, the wealthy chairman and CEO of a huge arms company in Asabogue, Long Island, is worried. In response, he and lobbyist Sunny McCarthy convince an Arkansas congressman to introduce federal legislation mandating that every American must own a firearm. Events soon escalate.

Asabogue’s Mayor Lois Leibowitz passes an ordinance to ban guns in the town—right in Otis Cogsworth’s backyard. Otis retaliates by orchestrating a recall election against Lois and Jack Steele, a rich town resident, runs against her. Even though the election is for the mayor of a small village on Long Island, Steele brings in the big guns of American politics to defeat Lois. Soon, thousands of pro-gun and anti-gun partisans descend on Asabogue, and the bucolic town becomes a tinderbox. Meanwhile, Washington politicians in both parties are caught between a mighty gun lobby and the absurdity of requiring that every American, with waivers for children under age four, carry a gun. What ensues is a discomfiting, hilarious indictment of the state of American politics.

“New York congressman-turned-novelist Steve Israel delivers a second brilliant political satire” (Booklist, starred review). “An entertaining satire” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), Big Guns is “a wonderfully irreverent satire about the fractured and fractious American political and lobbying system…a rollicking comedic trip” (Publishers Weekly).

Chapters

  • BigGuns 01 Open
    Duration: 13s
  • BigGuns 02 Prologue
    Duration: 04min
  • BigGuns 03 Ch1
    Duration: 11min
  • BigGuns 04 Ch2
    Duration: 28min
  • BigGuns 05 Ch3
    Duration: 11min
  • BigGuns 06 Ch4
    Duration: 24min
  • BigGuns 07 Ch5
    Duration: 08min
  • BigGuns 08 Ch6
    Duration: 20min
  • BigGuns 09 Ch7
    Duration: 13min
  • BigGuns 10 Ch8
    Duration: 15min
  • BigGuns 11 Ch9
    Duration: 17min
  • BigGuns 12 Ch10
    Duration: 11min
  • BigGuns 13 Ch11
    Duration: 13min
  • BigGuns 14 Ch12
    Duration: 11min
  • BigGuns 15 Ch13
    Duration: 06min
  • BigGuns 16 Ch14
    Duration: 14min
  • BigGuns 17 Ch15
    Duration: 22min
  • BigGuns 18 Ch16
    Duration: 05min
  • BigGuns 19 Ch17
    Duration: 13min
  • BigGuns 20 Ch18
    Duration: 17min
  • BigGuns 21 Ch19
    Duration: 07min
  • BigGuns 22 Ch20
    Duration: 20min
  • BigGuns 23 Ch21
    Duration: 07min
  • BigGuns 24 Ch22
    Duration: 18min
  • BigGuns 25 Ch23
    Duration: 27min
  • BigGuns 26 Ch24
    Duration: 06min
  • BigGuns 27 Ch25
    Duration: 12min
  • BigGuns 28 Ch26
    Duration: 09min
  • BigGuns 29 Ch27
    Duration: 32min
  • BigGuns 30 Ch28
    Duration: 19min
  • BigGuns 31 Ch29
    Duration: 03min
  • BigGuns 32 Ch30
    Duration: 13min
  • BigGuns 33 Ch31
    Duration: 05min
  • BigGuns 34 Ch32
    Duration: 06min
  • BigGuns 35 Ch33
    Duration: 15min
  • BigGuns 36 Ch34
    Duration: 22min
  • BigGuns 37 Ch35
    Duration: 09min
  • BigGuns 38 Ch36
    Duration: 15min
  • BigGuns 39 Ch37
    Duration: 15min
  • BigGuns 40 Ch38
    Duration: 03min
  • BigGuns 41 Ch39
    Duration: 01min
  • BigGuns 42 Ch40
    Duration: 15min
  • BigGuns 43 Ch41
    Duration: 07min
  • BigGuns 44 Ch42
    Duration: 07min
  • BigGuns 45 Epilogue
    Duration: 02min
  • BigGuns 46 Credits
    Duration: 24s

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