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 #47323
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