September 9, 2015 at 1:34 pm #3800
Trying to find a good read on the Five Families, saw this one:
Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America’s Most Powerful Mafia Empires
by Selwyn Raab
Anyone read this or have any other suggestions?September 9, 2015 at 2:14 pm #3823
Trying to find a good read on the Five Families, saw this one: Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America’s Most Powerful Mafia Empires by Selwyn Raab Anyone read this or have any other suggestions?
I’m reading it and it’s well done, but it’s a bit of a slog. His research is impeccable, but his writing is a bit dense. Not a bad book by any stretch of the imagination, just doesn’t grab you by the balls.September 10, 2015 at 1:36 pm #4156
Not as broad in scope as the Raab book but on our own Suz’s recommendation I am reading that Hoffa book, I Heard You Paint Houses and it’s bleeding fantastic.September 18, 2015 at 2:24 pm #6514October 23, 2015 at 1:27 pm #13510
Read the Lufthansa book – not bad – some new stuff – I suspect alot of it is Henry BS.October 28, 2015 at 9:36 am #14422
The Martian audiobook is fantastic
cant wait to see it on videoDecember 4, 2015 at 1:07 pm #22392
LeBron apparently James Ellroy has moved to your neck of the woods. Interview I read with him was held at an Elway restaurant.
Cant wait for his next bookDecember 4, 2015 at 1:27 pm #22400
He says II is meh and I and III are below that? He puts I and III in the same category? LA can have him.December 4, 2015 at 3:50 pm #22468
Anyone ever read Legacy of Ashes?December 24, 2015 at 10:09 am #26307
Got this at a Yankee Swap over the weekend – not bad never knew that Natalie Wood’s mother may or may not have pimped out 16 year old Natalie to FrankJanuary 19, 2016 at 9:09 am #31699
Got a few things I am reading now:
Trigger Mortis (Bond audiobook)
Grey Wolf (about Hitlers escape from Berlin and South American network and sightings)
The Road To Little Dribbling- Bill Bryson
and a Life Magazine restropective on James Bond.
Oh, and the Coloring Book by Colin Quinn when I have time.February 18, 2016 at 3:05 pm #37836
Any suggestions for a new Lehane/Chuck Hogan style crime novel?February 18, 2016 at 5:51 pm #37874
Massacre on the Merrimack- Jay AtkinsonFebruary 19, 2016 at 8:06 am #37886
Any suggestions for a new Lehane/Chuck Hogan style crime novel?
Not really the same style, but if you haven’t read Perfidia by James Ellroy give it a read.
Also, Viva La Madness by JJ Connolly. The follow up to Layer Cake.February 19, 2016 at 8:13 am #37887
Also, anything by George Pelecanos. Might start with Drama City.
And Charlie Huston, I would start with the Hank Thompson Trilogy (Caught Stealing, Six Bad Things, A Dangerous Man). Pretty noir-ish.February 20, 2016 at 9:43 am #38023
Found one in the library that I ended up reading in three days.
Revere Beach Boulevard by Roland Merullo.
Good stuff. It’s got it all. Real Eye-talian goombah shit, degenerate gamblers, Whitey Bulgeresque crime bosses, the obligatory long-held family secret.
It’s from 1998, but the guy wrote a sequel in 2014 I now have to read.February 20, 2016 at 10:13 am #38025
That’s a good one.February 20, 2016 at 10:35 am #38026
That’s a good one.
At first I thought it was pretty generic, but when he starts writing in the voice of the old first gen Italian father, those parts were as well done as a Trump steak.February 25, 2016 at 9:45 pm #38894
Reading, at the suggestion of Sam Vincent, Harlot’s Ghost by Mailer. I had never read any Mailer before (I’m an admitted Luddite), and I like it. But my God is he windy. Never use 1 word when 14 will do. Exquisitely written, but sometimes frustrating.March 16, 2016 at 1:01 pm #42091
Started the new Douglass Brinkley book on FDR’s environmentalism last night. Pretty good read so far.March 23, 2016 at 9:00 am #43215
Started the new Bill Walton book, Back From The Dead. It’s part regular biography, but then works into the story of his recovery from a back injury that basically left him on the floor of his hours for 3 years. I guess his spine just gave out. Good read.March 23, 2016 at 9:18 am #43227
Started the new Bill Walton book, Back From The Dead. It’s part regular biography, but then works into the story of his recovery from a back injury that basically left him on the floor of his hours for 3 years. I guess his spine just gave out. Good read.
Good to hear as I was thinking about downloading that one, and admittedly I am interested in the Jay Williams book tooApril 19, 2016 at 1:49 pm #47264
The Lost Airman by Seth Meyerowitz was terrific.April 19, 2016 at 3:06 pm #47282
The Lost Airman by Seth Meyerowitz was terrific.
Was it about Cecil O’Malley or Anthony Rodriguez?April 20, 2016 at 8:33 am #47323May 10, 2016 at 10:57 pm #50643
For sci-fi fans read a pretty good novel recently called Sleeping Giants. About US discovering pieces of a giant robot buried very deeply under ground by presumably aliens for centuries. Pretty fun, quick read. Already purchased by Sony for adaption to a movie.May 21, 2016 at 4:44 pm #52069
Any of the gun guys ever try concussive hunting? Been reading a lot of books about the French & Indian and King Phillips wars, this shoot the tree near game technique is good.June 12, 2016 at 4:39 pm #54880
Reading The Admirals it’s a good book, but cursory as it tries to cover the careers of 4 5 star Admirals. Called my Dad to see if he read it, “yeah it’s about that asshole that didn’t protect the convoys, we lost a lot of good men”July 12, 2016 at 10:03 am #58537
This is going in my queue after I finish The Comedians, by Kliph Nesteroff (a fantastic read).July 21, 2016 at 4:51 pm #60056
Can confirm on The Comedians. Approve.August 12, 2016 at 1:41 pm #62794
Some good stuff in Seinfeldia.
“The Junior Mint” doesn’t show up on camera, so they had to use a Peppermint Patty.August 12, 2016 at 1:45 pm #62795
This sounds too perfect, but it’s good.September 1, 2016 at 1:34 pm #65386
Boys on the Boat is great.October 14, 2016 at 10:39 pm #72038
Have very much enjoyed the first seven crime/mystery novels by C.J. Box about Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett.
Also picked up Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City, which I’m sure was recommended by someone during the Legacy Board days.
Nothing will be saved. All will be lost. And our new onion-headed sad emoticon is unable to convey the depth of that loss. -10/22/25 (sic) Daily ThreadOctober 15, 2016 at 5:53 am #72040
Havana Nocturne, about the mob in Cuba, the real people in Godfather 2November 8, 2016 at 11:56 am #75852
Just finished this – really enjoyed it.February 24, 2017 at 11:25 am #91652
This is very good so far.March 11, 2017 at 6:53 am #93534
Thinking about getting into Stephen King again.
Top five books that aren’t The Shining or 11.22.63?March 11, 2017 at 7:07 am #93535
Well, there’s The Stand, The Shining, and
Oh yes, sorry ma’am. The list begins and ends with The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon.March 11, 2017 at 7:45 am #93536
Thinking about getting into Stephen King again. Top five books that aren’t The Shining or 11.22.63?
I have a bias for the novellas and short stories. Have you read all of them?
If we’re going strictly novels my top 5 would be: Pet Sematary, It, The Green Mile, Bag of Bones, and Salems Lot. Love Needful Things too.April 11, 2017 at 1:52 pm #96749
A Man For All Market by Edward Thorp was outstanding. Fellow degenerate gamblers here might know him as one of the inventors of the blackjack card counting system still used today. I never knew after his casino days he went on and ran his own hedge fund and made a gazillion dollars there as well. Pretty interesting story on his entire life and some of the nutty things they tried like beating roulette using micro computers and stuff.August 22, 2017 at 9:09 am #107584
The Force by Don Winslow is amazing.
If you liked The Shield or The Wire, you’ll like this book.November 27, 2017 at 3:33 pm #114139
The Last Republicans was a great read.November 29, 2017 at 2:25 pm #114338
The Force by Don Winslow is amazing. If you liked The Shield or The Wire, you’ll like this book.
thanks for the recommendation, just finished. Almost bailed at the beginning, it felt a little Law and Order-esque but glad I stuck in. You could really feel the noose tighten. Have you read any of his other books?November 29, 2017 at 3:19 pm #114349
The Force by Don Winslow is amazing. If you liked The Shield or The Wire, you’ll like this book.
thanks for the recommendation, just finished. Almost bailed at the beginning, it felt a little Law and Order-esque but glad I stuck in. You could really feel the noose tighten. Have you read any of his other books?
After that one, I read Savages. Not as good, but a lot shorter, easy read. I didn’t know they made a movie out of it, Winslow wrote the screenplay. Found out Oliver Stone directed it, so it probably sucks.
The Cartel is supposed to be good too. Probably read that next.November 29, 2017 at 3:51 pm #114353
Savages was ok (movie) The Power of the Dog is a prequel to the cartel, so supposedly you should read that firstNovember 30, 2017 at 12:11 am #114361
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Have very much enjoyed the first seven crime/mystery novels by C.J. Box about Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett. Also picked up Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City, which I’m sure was recommended by someone during the Legacy Board days.
Probably someone else recommended White City, but I enthusiastically second the motion.December 12, 2017 at 9:04 am #115450
About 2/3 through Power of the Dog. It is fucking fantastic, better than The Force (which I liked). Definite recommendJanuary 3, 2018 at 2:49 pm #116760
Tearing through Don Winslow/Dennis. Kevin, you can read the Cartel without reading The Power of the Dog (he weaves the backstory in when necessary) but I don’t recommend it. Read them both. Just finished The Winter of Frankie Machine. Much lighter than those two (no dead babies) but still goodJanuary 4, 2018 at 4:31 pm #116831
Actually just picked up The Power of the Dog last weekend, so that one is next.
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