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From its title, you might think this is a quickie tie-in to the forthcoming Josh Brolin and Sean Penn movie. But, in fact, it’s a detailed, exciting account of the LAPD’s special “gangster squad” from its formation in the mid-1940s to the late ’50s, including the trial of legendary mobster Mickey Cohen. Lieberman, a longtime newspaperman, has a real flair for his material, telling the story like he was writing a big-shouldered, fedora-wearing crime novel (“Gus Wunderlich looked like a dolt with his snaggletooth grin and one of the squarest noggins ever seen on a human being”). He’s writing about a very different time, too, one in which the difference between good guys and bad guys was so blurred as to be, in some cases, entirely theoretical, a time when cops could be every bit as tough, mean, and violent as their foes. Full of action and drama, with fully realized, real-life crime fighters and villains, the book is a sure-fire hit for fans of Untouchables-style true crime, as well as for James Ellroy devotees. --David Pitt --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“Read this man’s book.” --James Ellroy
"Classic Noir, a chilling tale from the era that still defines L.A." --Huffington Post
"I'm all in on this book. Got a little Mission Impossible in there. Got a little Dirty Dozen in there. Got a little Bud White from L.A. Confidential in there. All set on the mean Noir streets of L.A. I dig the circa. I did the milieu. And I dig the cast of characters." -- Dennis Miller
“If you're a fan of true crime, you will love it. Lieberman really gives us the sense that we've stepped back in time…. This is a two-fisted true story, tough and hard-edged, as exciting as any novel.” –Winnepeg Free Press
"A real-life version of L.A. Confidential." --Joe Scarborough of "Morning Joe"
Good book so far, but one of those books that have so many names it that it's hard to keep track sometimes, ha, ha. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Victoria
I did not enjoy the way the author wrote the book. I had trouble following the story because it was not coherent or disjointed. Read morePublished 6 months ago by SEROQUIQUI
Much better than the movie, gave more background of the characters. One flaw though it was little to much of a narrative.Published 9 months ago by Jan
This book met all of my expectations!!!! I got what I paid for and it's a must read if you're interested in this kinda thing! !!! Me likey!!!Published 11 months ago by Ibram a. Scott