Author(s): John A. O'Brien; Maureen O'Brien
Set against an unsettling backdrop of violence and racial unrest, The Assault on Tony's showcases the curious combination of tone and subject matter unique to the novels of John O'Brien. This is an unapologetic, unsentimental, and at times exuberant examination of the grittier side of life and the joys and sorrows of intoxication, by the author of Leaving Las Vegas.Barricaded in a bar called Tony's while a race riot rages outside, the characters that people The Assault on Tony's are united by their desire to drink to the end, no matter the consequences. In this grim and darkly humorous novel, 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 dramatic intensity as it exposes the highs and lows of the human spirit.