Legs tells the story of the title character, Jack "Legs" Diamond, through the lens of his ethically ambiguous lawyer Marcus Gormen. The novel explores Jack's criminal history, his various escapades as a Mafioso, and ultimately his humanity and his redeeming traits. It paints a frank picture of crime and criminality in the New York City of the 1920s and 1930s. Gormen's questions to Jack as they prepare for his defense form the framing narrative.

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