All Time Faves: Gangster Novels

Lawless: Prohibition, Depression, and Crime

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Infamous Infamous
By Atkins, Ace
2011-04 - Berkley Publishing Group
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From one of the best crime writers at work today (Michael Connelly) comes a fast, funny, violent new noir classic. Blending historical novel and crime story, "Infamous" is a mesmerizing tale set in the first days of the modern FBI. …More

The Wettest County in the World: A Novel Based on a True Story The Wettest County in the World: A Novel Based on a True Story
By Bondurant, Matt
2009-12 - Scribner Book Company
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Bondurant weaves a compelling tale of violence, desperation, and greed, as three brothers run moonshine in Virginia during prohibition, in this story that is based on a true story about the author's grandfather and two uncles. …More

Road to Purgatory Road to Purgatory
By Collins, Max Allan
2004-12 - William Morrow & Company
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A New York Times Bestselling Author< br>A Shamus Award-winning Author. The powerful narrative follow-up tothe acclaimed graphic novel Road to Perdition. It's 1942, and Michael O'Sullivan is fighting the Japanese with a tommy gun like his father's. He returns home to pick up his old war against the Chicago mob. …More

Billy Bathgate Billy Bathgate
By Doctorow, E. L.
2010-06 - Random House Trade
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To open this book is to enter the perilous, thrilling world of Billy Bathgate, the brazen boy who is accepted into the inner circle of the notorious Dutch Schultz gang. Like an urban Tom Sawyer, Billy takes us along on his fateful adventures as he becomes good-luck charm, apprentice, and finally protege to one of the great murdering gangsters of the Depression-era underworld in New York City. …More

Whiskey River

Whiskey River
By Estleman, Loren D.
1991-07 - Crimeline
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Prohibition Detroit--served up with plenty of color and flash, if not drama or suspense, in this first volume of a projected Detroit crime trilogy by the author who's mapped today's Motor City so sharply in his Amos Walker, p.i., series. Estleman frames his story with a 1939 grand jury inquiry into Detroit police misconduct. The witness on the stand is hard-talking former tabloid newspaperman Connie Minor, whose flashbacking testimony covers the waning years of Prohibition, 1929-1931.

 

7,000 Clams 7,000 Clams
By Irby, Lee
2005-01 - Doubleday Books
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Unlucky bootlegger Frank Hearn is looking for the big score, but he'll have to contend with hustlers, mobsters, Babe Ruth, and a certain dangerous blonde to do so. In his fiction debut, Irby takes readers on a wild ride through the Roaring '20s, complete with colorful characters, sizzling style, and bathtub gin. …More

Live by Night: A Novel a Novel Live by Night: A Novel a Novel
By Lehane, Dennis
2013-05 - William Morrow & Company
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Boston, 1926. The '20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. …More

Flying Crows Flying Crows
By Lehrer, Jim
2005-04 - Random House Trade
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With Flying Crows," veteran newsman and bestselling author Jim Lehrer has written his most powerful novel, a work that moves masterfully from past to present and back again to solve the mystery that is American mayhem. In 1997, police discover an old homeless man in the Kansas City train station. "Birdie Carlucci" claims he has lived there since 1933, hiding out in the storeroom of a Harvey House restaurant. Kansas City cop Lieutenant Randy Benton decides to discover the truth behind Birdie's tale--and finds himself on a ride that leads ever backward into our country's bloodstained past. …More

The Hot Kid The Hot Kid
By Leonard, Elmore
2013-08 - William Morrow & Company
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Hot cars, gun molls, speakeasies, bank robbers and murder are the game in this powerfully entertaining story from Elmore Leonard, the undisputed master of the crime novel. Set in Oklahoma during the 1930s, "The Hot Kid" introduces Carl Webster, one of the coolest lawmen ever to draw on a fugitive felon. …More

Sutton Sutton
By Moehringer, J. R.
2013-05 - Hyperion Books
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In the first year of the 20th century, Willie Sutton came of age at a time when banks were out of control. Trapped in a cycle of bank panics, depressions and soaring unemployment, Sutton saw only one way out, only one way to win the girl of his dreams. So began the career of America's most successful bank robber. …More