Legs is a 1975 novel by William Kennedy. It is the first book in Kennedy's Albany Cycle.

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First edition
AuthorWilliam Kennedy
CountryUnited States
PublisherCoward, McCann & Geoghegan
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)
Pages317 pp
LC ClassPZ4.K3615 Le PS3561.E428
Preceded byThe Ink Truck 
Followed byBilly Phelan's Greatest Game 

Plot summaryEdit

The book chronicles the life of the gangster Jack 'Legs' Diamond. It is told from the perspective of Jack's lawyer, Marcus Gormen. Marcus becomes involved with "Legs" Diamond was to seek excitement out of his boring life, and the best way to do this was by immortalizing a highly popular gangster. Through Gormen's eyes, Kennedy is able to elicit sympathy for the criminal, transposing this sympathy into the context of America during the 1920s and 30s: excess, collapse, destitution, and analysis of right and wrong, good and evil.


In 2009, Audible.com produced an audio version of Legs, narrated by Joe Barrett, as part of its Modern Vanguard line of audiobooks.