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Pork City Hardcover – March, 1988


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr; 1st edition (March 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312014937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312014933
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,771,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This thriller is as fast and snappy as a good, old Warner Brothers gangster movie. Ostensibly based on a true 1930 murder, it begins with the shooting, in broad daylight, of a Chicago Tribune reporter. The paper's redoubtable publisher, Col. McCormick, vows revenge on the mob and sets up his own semi-private investigation, headed by Patrick Roche of the Cook County prosecutor's office. Irish-born Roche is one of the few honest cops in town and he starts applying pressure where it hurts: in the breweries, speaks and brothels. Soon the various mob chiefs also join in the hunt for the murderer. First among many complications is the fact that the newshound was no stranger to corruption himself. Contributing to the book's appeal are Browne's description of the workings of both mob and "law enforcement" groups. En route to the bleak, cynical ending we're treated to an action-packed plot, a colorful cast of characters (including Alphonse Capone) and authentic period flavor. TV and screenwriter Browne (The St. Valentine's Day Massacre), uses cinematic quick-cutting effectively and the dialogue crackles. As John Evans, he's written many Paul Pine mysteries. This is a beaut.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeff VINE VOICE on April 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
If you like crime fiction and haven't discovered Howard Browne, you're in for a real treat. His 'Halo' series is pitch perfect, and this tale of an actual murder of a newspaper reporter in Prohibition Chicago is just as good.

Jake Tingle was a Chicago Tribune reporter who was killed inside an Illinois Central train terminal by a lone gunman. Although everyone assumes that Jake is, well, "jake", to use the vernacular, it turns out he was as crooked as the gangsters. Nevertheless, Colonel McCormick, publisher of the Tribune, takes charge, and has an independent group running down the murderer. Action ensues and Browne just carries us along with his speedy narrative.

The pages of this book are packed with well-known and not so well known figures of that era. Browne also knows Chicago so well he can make us see it, hear it, and smell it. I lived in Chicago for 10 years and learned a lot of things i did not know about the city.

This is a terrific book, a great read, and a fun trip back in time to when Chicago was under mob rule.

Highly recommended.
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Format: Hardcover
Howard Browne, who originally hailed from Omaha, Nebraska, settled in Chicago in the late Twenties at the height of the 'Beer Wars" between Bugs Moran of the North Side Irish Mob and al Capone and his Outfit. "Pork City" is a fast-paced yarn that effectively recreates the atmosphere of Chicago shortly after the Roaring Twenties had ended and the Great Depression had started.
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