Well, maybe Finney…Learn more about the book and author at. I know one can book mark in a Kindle, but that's still a mystery to me and doesn't seem to solve the problem in any case. Full disclosure: I received this novel from the author as a Shelf Awareness giveaway, but this in no way affected my review. We never meet Kefauver or Albert Anastasia, which would have been a treat. Charlie and Tom O'Kane are characters for the ages.
When Charlie is accused of colluding with the mob, Tom sets out to clear his name name. There is also the added conflict that Tom is having an affair with Charlie's wife. The O'Kane brothers, Charlie and Tom, take similar paths but with radically different moral choices. His younger brother, Tom, has always looked up to him, part father figure, part larger-than-life companion on life's adventures. He has been a professional writer since the age of 13, working originally for the Gloucester Daily Times, Gloucester, Mass. The pivot point for the narrative is the spectacular, and still mysteriously unexplained, much less solved, death of Murder Inc. While back room discussions and deals are things we cannot know for sure, plausible possibilities are presented here in riveting fashion.
Kevin Baker brings the docks of New York and all their intrigue back to life in vivid detail, combining the historical and the human into a deeply affecting story that connects the past to the present in a way that many novels attempt but few manage. His younger brother, Tom, has always looked up to him, part father figure, part larger-than-life companion on life's adventures. He is the American dream come to life, a poor Irish immigrant who worked his way up from beat cop to mayor of New York at the citye tm s dazzling, post-war zenith. His younger brother, Tom, wants to clear his brother's name and in the process falls in love with Charlie's wife. There are mentions of the Sullivan County Catskill hotel scene, the Loch Sheldrake body disposal site and gangsters like Albert Anastasia, aka the Lord High Executioner, Cockeye Dunn, Pittsburgh Phil Reyes and Tick-Tock Tannenbaum. I knew I had to get the book because of the O'Dwyer link to my own family.
To uncover what really happened, Tom must confront stunning truths about his brother, himself, and the secret workings of the great city he loves. Charlie is dogged by accusations of mob connections and corruption, hinging on the mysterious death of a police informant and star witness from his days as a crusading Brooklyn prosecutor. The incredible stories behind these strokes of genius and more, told by author Kevin Baker, fill the pages of America the Ingenious. In Paradise Alley, his imagination ran wild through the Civil War Draft Riots. This is a look at how sometimes the good guys make accommodations with the bad guys in order to get things done.
Copyright law, as well as other applicable federal and state laws, the content on this website may not be reproduced, distributed, displayed, transmitted, cached, or otherwise used, without the prior, express, and written permission of Athlon Media Group. From eoethe lit worlde tm s sharpest chronicler of New Yorke tm s paste Rolling Stone , a novel of two Irish brothers who travel from the gangland waterfront to the halls of power Based on one of the great unsolved murders in mob history, and the rise-and-fall of a real-life hero, The Big Crowd tells the sweeping story of Charlie Oe tm Kane. No one lacking talent as sure as author Kevin Baker's could have brought to life this complicated narrative with its many back stories. Charlie and Tom O'Kane are characters for the ages. Famous, powerful, and married to a fashion model, millions of local citizens look up to him, including his younger brother, Tom—until he is accused of abetting a shocking crime.
While the development and evolution of Tom and Solid but not Baker's best work. He was born in Englewood, New Jersey, and grew up in New Jersey and Rockport, Massachusetts. Democracy doesn't enter into it. His wife says he was walking in his sleep. In most cases, the reviews are necessarily limited to those that were available to us ahead of publication.
To uncover what really happened, Tom must confront stunning truths about his brother, himself, and the secret workings of the great city he loves. The Big Crowd is good, but falls short of that masterwork. What are the origins of the electric guitar? Gang murders; corruption in the police department; the mayor a stooge for those who really run the city; unchecked greed on the part of those who supposedly have the interests of the entire city and of its citizens at heart; all this and much more. New York City is always going to be one of my favorite places in the world. Now out of office, Charlie is hiding from the authorities in a Mexico City hotel. This is a thoroughly enjoyable book that I recommend to all lovers of New York lore, history and true crime. Joseph Gannascoli, who played Vito on The Sopranos, would be perfect as Abe Reles, the mob killer turned snitch from Murder, Inc.
Famous, powerful, and married to a glamorous fashion model, he is looked up to by millions, including his younger brother, Tom. No doubt everyone else remembers all this without resorting to my sneaky trick, so all you other readers can forge ahead in a Kindle book without reviewing. I've read few other novels that portray in such a nuanced way the temptations of power, the complex division of control in a great metropolis and the perils of political deal-making in that environment. This inspired, fun, serious, thought-provoking, page-turning book gives all the good, old pleasures: if you read it on the subway, be prepared to miss your stop. Charlie, the elder brother, becomes the District Attorney and then mayor of the city. Baker was chief historical researcher on Harold Evans's illustrated history of the United States, The American Century.