SPEND A FEW RAUCOUS DAYS WITH RUBIN KRANOVICH AND HIS FELLOW QUARTER RATS DEEP IN THE NEW ORLEANS FRENCH QUARTER.
This is the story of Rubin Kranovich. Rubin is a bellhop at a fancy New Orleans hotel deep in the French Quarter. He is a Quarter Rat. All of Rubin’s friends are Quarter Rats. But Rubin does not plan to make this his whole life. His hopes are big; his ambitions are grand. When not at work and dressed in a red jacket and red cap, looking like an organ grinder monkey, Rubin can be found with his fellow Quarter Rats in the bars and cafés — ever developing new ways to make a buck. Always scheming, always coming up with new gigs to perform. Quarter Rats is a few raucous days in the life of Rubin Kranovich. But it is also the story of Clifford Ritter, who drives a taxi in New Orleans, and Eddie Clabberman, who is working on a novel, a tome, if he ever finishes it. Meet Ramona, Rubin’s girlfriend, and Sebastian, Rubin’s best friend, and Horace Slagg. Like Rubin, they are all Quarter Rats — for better or for worse.