Assault on Tony's

by John O'Brien

Before his untimely death in 1994, John O'Brien penned the brilliant Leaving Las Vegas, which was made into a Golden Globe Award-winning film starring Nicholas Cage. In this manuscript found after his death, five men--all committed drinkers--are caught inside Tony's bar while a race riot rages outside. Against this backdrop, a weird drama plays out as the supply of booze slowly dwindles.

Completed posthumously, The Assault on Tony’s is an unapologetic, unsentimental, and at times exuberant examination of the joys and sorrows of intoxication, written with the same unflinching eye and grim wit that made John O’Brien’s Leaving Las Vegas an instant classic.

Barricaded in a bar called Tony’s while a race riot rages outside, five affluent white men—all strangers—are united by their desire to drink to the end, no matter what. Social alliances are forged and challenged as each member of this macabre party ignores his fears in favor of keeping his tumbler full to the brim.

As time goes on and the liquor supply starts to dwindle, the novel reaches a gritty intensity that explores the highs and lows of the human spirit.

First Published:1996

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