- Paperback: 188 pages
- Publisher: Airship 27; First Edition edition (December 15, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615743889
- ISBN-13: 978-0615743882
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,134,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Prohibition Paperback – December 15, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
Couple of weeks ago I'm having a Skype conversation with a gentleman who is incensed that I don't like "Hobo With A Shotgun." It's a perfect modern grindhouse movie he insists. No, I politely disagree. "Planet Terror" is a a perfect modern grindhouse movie. The gentleman spends the next two minutes expressing his opinion that whatever it is I allegedly use for thinking must be composed of excrement and another minute telling me that "Planet Terror" is garbage and why on Earth do I think it's the better movie.
"Because," says I, "Robert Rodriguez knows what grindhouse is. The guys who made `Hobo With A Shotgun' just think they know what grindhouse is."
Which finally brings me to PROHIBITION by Terrence McCauley. We've got a lot of New Pulp writers who think they know what a 1930's gangster story is. But Terrence McCauley knows what a 1930's gangster story. Man, does he ever.
We're in New York, 1930. The town is run by Archie Doyle, the city's most powerful gangster who is more like the monarch of an unruly kingdom. And there's somebody out there looking to take his crown. Archie's got an ambitious plan in mind that will give him more power than he's ever dreamed of before. But he's got to stay alive long enough to see that plan through. That's where his chief enforcer Terry Quinn comes in. Terry's an ex-boxer and the toughest mug on two legs. But finding out who's trying to start a bloody gang war between Archie Doyle and his main rival, Howard Rothman is going to take more than just being tough.Read more ›
Terry Quinn who is Archie's strong arm is in charge of keeping the cogs running smoothly and clearing out any debris that might get in the way. The problem is someone is shooting to dethrone Archie and is doing it very masterfully.
The characters in this book are fantastic! I felt the author did a masterful job on them and the way they act and interact moves this story along at an action filled pace. There was no character in this book where you felt like you didn't know the person, and that they didn't have a part to play.
I tend to keep my reviews somewhat clouded, because I never want to ruin a story for someone by telling too much. This book delivers on all aspects and angles. I was sad to read THE END on this one, and if you are a fan of gangster stories that are "TRUE GANGSTER STORIES" and no want to be's, then I highly recommend this book.
When Archie Doyle's long time friend, Fatty Corcoran is set up for a kill, but fails, the mob boss sends his top enforcer, Terry Quinn to see who set him up and why. In a complicated plot, there are too many loose ends to tie things together, but slowly Quinn starts making headway. Is there a mob war in the works? Archie Doyle controls the west side, while Howard Rothman and Ira Shiparo control the east side, and matters don't look good for peace to continue if Rothman's gang has set them up.
There are no white hats in this novel. It is exactly what it is supposed to be, an inside look at the mob in 1930. With mature language and violent mob hits, the author doesn't back off the gritty tale. This is a time when the mob has the police and politicians in their pockets. Crooked cops are on the take, and the mobs control the money. Gang warfare heats up and blood spills on the streets.
Terrence McCauley's writing is topnotch, and his pacing never lets down for a second. You may not like the characters, but you'll root for them to win anyway.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hot dames. Cold (illegal) drinks. A drift of wiseguys, watering holes, gambling dens, wannabes, and button men. Read morePublished on January 24, 2014 by Mark V. Krajnak
In Archie Doyle's 1930's New York, prohibition is just a word when Archie ran the town. The money from his less than legal enterprises were flowing as plentifully as the illegal... Read morePublished on August 18, 2013 by Margahrita
New Pulp has been around long enough that there are literally 100s of new works that have come out in the last few years. Read morePublished on August 6, 2013 by ASalm
This is a nice piece of juicy beef for when you're in the mood for a red-meat gangster yarn. Terrence McCauley keeps things cooking with his plot, and though I was able to guess... Read morePublished on June 5, 2013 by Mets6986
A fast and engaging read, full of action, with views of a time gone by. I enjoyed this read, as it was different in a great way from my usual genre. Read morePublished on May 2, 2013 by Gwen Dubeau
This is a gem of a gangland drama. The setting is 1930, Archie Doyle, the top gangster, of New York, is planning to intervene in the Presidential election that's slated to occur... Read morePublished on April 19, 2013 by R. Lai
A true page-turner. Could not put the book down. Left me wanting for more. Need to find out what happen to Terry Quinn??!!??Published on April 4, 2013 by Jacqueline Carter
PROHIBITION is a great book that brings back the classic gangster genre. It has all the elements that make for a fun read - tight, breezy prose; sharp dialogue; and tough... Read morePublished on March 25, 2013 by Richard Brownell
This is a fun ride. It's familiar in a good way. You've read enough like it to put you in a comfort zone. Read morePublished on March 13, 2013 by L.K. Mask