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My expectation was that this was going to be a fictional account of gangster activity, but instead it turns out to be a fictional memoir. The first chapter was great. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Tim Carter
This is an absorbingly interesting story of a 15 year boy named Billy impressed with the gang of racketeers in his neighborhood of the Broncs, NY, and when he is lucky and smart... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bobby
Excellent read! I'm on a quest to read all of Doctorow's books--this was number three.Published 1 month ago by Elio DelCol
I am sure it has all been said elsewhere but Doctorow was a superb story teller and writer. Having read nearly all his books, I have never been disappointed and this particular... Read morePublished 1 month ago by KasbaLake
The prodigy of understanding what makes boyishness so intense. Having talents that make shooting a pistol the perfect skill to perfect at a police firing range with eyes on the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bruce P. Barten
Intriguing, the elements that go into gangsterdom. Wonderful historical fiction. Great reading. Doctorow is a mesmerizing writer.Published 2 months ago by Harriet Boe
Great beginning. Periodic profound statements with glimpses of writing prowess by the author. My problem is the continuous run-on sentances making thevread cumbersome at times. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jeffrey Packer
The main thing that struck me about this was that the detail was breath-taking, down to what it felt like to hitch a ride by holding on to the outside of trolley car. Read morePublished 3 months ago by susankaye