Deacon King Kong

Deacon King Kong Review

In September 1969, a fumbling, cranky old church deacon known as Sportcoat shuffles into the courtyard of the Cause Houses housing project in south Brooklyn, pulls a .38 from his pocket, and in front of everybody shoots the project's drug dealer at point-blank range.

In Deacon King Kong, McBride brings to vivid life the people affected by the shooting: the victim, the African-American and Latinx residents who witnessed it, the white neighbors, the local cops assigned to investigate, the members of the Five Ends Baptist Church where Sportcoat was deacon, the neighborhood's Italian mobsters, and Sportcoat himself.

As the story deepens, it becomes clear that the lives of the characters--caught in the tumultuous swirl of 1960s New York--overlap in unexpected ways. When the truth does emerge, McBride shows us that not all secrets are meant to be hidden, that the best way to grow is to face change without fear, and that the seeds of love lie in hope and compassion.

Title:Deacon King Kong
Edition Language:English

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  • Julie

    Deacon King Kong by James McBride is a 2020 Random House publication. Bold, Brilliant and Captivating! Set in 1969 Brooklyn, the story starts off with a literal bang when an elderly church deacon, kn...

  • Elle

    This took a lot longer for me to finish than I was anticipating. It’s not particularly long or dense, but was just difficult to get back into once I put it down. The characters are charming, fleshed...

  • Paromjit

    A sensationally brilliant character and community driven historical fiction by James McBride, set in 1969 in the Causeway Housing Projects in South Brooklyn, New York. 71 year old old timer, Five Ends...

  • Anne Bogel

    I started this book back in February and, in the wake of the coronavirus, had a difficult time continuing in print in March—but then I switched to the audio version and couldn't put it down. The sto...

  • Elyse  Walters

    Big Bang Beginning.... ....followed by lengthy varied stories and descriptions!I had to force myself to FOCUS for the LONGEST time.......Slowly ... very slowly my authentic 👀 ‘bright-eye-bushy-ta...

  • Kathleen

    McBride has brilliantly written a highly energetic story encompassing a multitude of characters that circle the Five Ends Baptist Church where his main character, Sportcoat, is a Deacon. Sportcoat is ...

  • Dave

    Deacon King Kong is a crime novel centering around life in the projects in the 1960's New York City. What makes this novel such a standout achievement is not so much the action or plot so much as the ...

  • Dave

    Deacon King Kong is a crime novel centering around life in the projects in the 1960's New York City. What makes this novel such a standout achievement is not so much the action or plot so much as the ...

  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)

    4.5 starsJames McBride is an incredible storyteller.  His characters are always fully realized and he allows readers to learn everything about them through subtle but powerful development.  His upco...

  • Toni

    ☀️Had the privilege to listen in on Levar Burton interview and chat with James McBride last night on a webinar! Such talented men! James talked about growing up in church, with the characters in h...