Three is a charm
Three is the charm

1922, the Bedford Theater in Brooklyn, New York, was a toilet. The smell of garlic and oil sandwiches mixed with cheap cigar smoke hung in the stale air, which formed a bluish grey cloud above the entire inside of the theater. The Bedford was known for its bad lighting, mediocre band, dust everywhere, and possessed an audience that had heard it all and seen it all. Most acts that performed there were either on their way up to The Palace Theatre on Broadway or on the way down to the theaters of Nacogdoches, Texas or Sioux City, Iowa. On stage, Jack Bailey, comic, was drenched in flop sweat. In show business terms, he was laying an egg… bombing.

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“I love this book. The words just jump of the page.”
— fyvush finkel —

“Jack Bailey is Finkel’s most complex and convincing literary
character to date. You gotta love to hate him, Jack Bailey that is.”
— d. manerston —

“Vaudeville 1922 is a compelling, haunting, tragicomic read that wraps paranoia, love, slapstick, brutality, victory and defeat into
one delicious page-turner. ”
— j. j. birchwood —

“An almost forgotten grand American theatrical tradition of
yesteryear brought so to live by Finkel that you would want to join the motley crew of performers he stages in Vaudeville 1922 just to be part of it if you could. -Where do I audition?”
— h. newland —

Renowned as the world's greatest xylophonist,
Ian Finkel was born in Brooklyn, New York. An incessant performing musician and composer, Ian is also an acclaimed and diverse writer, having penned many film and stage
productions, novels and books of short stories.
Practicing five hours a day and writing for another six, Ian's daily routine is never too full to take the time and tell you about his greatest passion: cigars.

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Other books by Ian Finkel You're not supposed to be here

Hilarious travel stories by the world's greatest xylophonist, while on his trips performing around the world.

Three is the Charm 2012
When the lives of three working girls on the streets of New York City, their protector and diner owner Lou,
and three big boys working in the meatpacking district meet, the stage is set for the inevitable yet unexpected.
Three is the Charm is a powerful and brutal account of the dark sides of street life in NYC anno 1956, packed with graphic sexual and violent scenes. Yet in the end love conquers all.  

Sex stories my wife told me
March 2013

When Harvey's wife Janie —the perfect couple, married for years in sweet simplicity — suddenly begins writing stories of the foulest nature, Harvey is put through a hell that no good man deserves.

Transmutation Blues 2014
In Transmutation Blues Finkel takes us on a dazzling journey
that depicts the very, very human condition from every possible
perspective, from the vile and rancid to the almost politically correct,
leaving us confused in the end, but at a much higher level than
before. I simply couldn't put it down, spinning still.