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From the always reliable Estleman comes this involving novel in which a low-level employee of the FBI is given a plum assignment: infiltrate the inner circle of Al Capone—recently released from Alcatraz—and get as much information as he can about Capone’s fellow criminals. Peter Vasco is picked for the job because he has an entrée into Capone’s world (his father once did some odd jobs for Capone’s gang), and posing as a priest, he quickly gains Capone’s confidence. He expected to get some good dirt on the man, but one thing Vasco didn’t expect was that he would like Capone. This is really two books in one: the story of Vasco’s relationship with Capone, and Capone’s own story, told in his own (fictionalized) words. Estleman looks at the gangster with a compassionate eye, revealing him to be ruthless and violent, of course, but also to be a devoted family man with a deep, albeit ambiguous, moral core. We’ve seen Capone before, in movies and in books, but we haven’t seen him like this—a textured human being for whom crime is a career but isn’t necessarily what defines him. --David Pitt
This is a book that took courage as well as talent to write. Loren Estleman has managed a literary miracle, a story full of surprising discoveries and often deep emotion. (Thomas Fleming, New York Times bestselling author)
Remarkable research, rich storytelling and a rapid, riveting pace make The Confessions of Al Capone one of this year's most stimulating and exciting reads. Hits with the force of a burst from a tommy gun. (Ralph Peters, New York Times bestselling author of Cain at Gettysburg)
One of the most gripping and exciting books I have ever read. Along with what many already know about 'Big Al', there is much about his and his family's daily life (ala "The... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Sidney
A long read and I thought the ending would be more exciting.Published 15 months ago by David C. Hoffman
A bit too long. The history portions were a bit boring and too slow. Not enough action or dialogue. He is a great writer but this was not one of his best.Published on August 13, 2013 by Steven Jones