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The Confessions of Al Capone: A Novel Hardcover – June 11, 2013
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“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
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His first novel was published in 1976, and has been followed by more than 70 books and hundreds of short stories and articles. His series include novels about Detroit detective Amos Walker, professional killer Peter Macklin, L.A. film detective and amateur sleuth Valentino, and the Detroit crime series. On the western side is the U.S. Deputy Marshal Page Murdock series. Additionally, he's written dozens of stand-alone novels.
His books have been translated into 27 languages and have won multiple Shamus, Spur, Western Heritage, and Stirrup awards. He has been nominated for the National Book Award and the Edgar Allan Poe Award. In 2012, the Western Writers of America honored him with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
He lives in Michigan and is married to writer Deborah Morgan. Find out more about Estleman and his books on his website: lorenestleman.com
Top Customer Reviews
Characterizations are the key to the novel, portraits that are incisive and penetrating. J. Edgar Hoover comes up short as a person. Vasco, who is merely a clerk in the FBI, suddenly becomes a special agent and blossoms as an undercover agent, more than unlikely in real life. His putative father, Paul, is an amusing personality. Other characters are merely fill-ins.
It is a gripping tale, well-written. The author apparently set out to capture the essence of Al Capone, and it seems he was successful. Whether he did so for the others who populate the pages is questionable. However, the confessions, after all, are those of Al Capone, and as such are vital and readable.
I got to know Loren Estleman through his earlier westerns. His 2001 award-winner, The Master Executioner—one of the finest I’ve ever read—is one of the few paperbacks on my bookshelves. He’s also the author of a slew of Detroit-based 20th crime novels that span the 20th century.
The Confessions of Al Capone is the best Estleman book I’ve read. It’s likely to be one of the best of two dozen novels I’ll read this year. It’s 2015, and I’m betting this’ll be one of the best I’ll read this decade. I’m only half-way through it and I know I’ll never forget it. Here’s why.
The ingenious concept. “Scarface” Al is dying. But Al possesses a prodigious memory. He could tell you stories... The FBI wants to hear them all. So, J Edgar sends the son of one of Al’s old-time wheelmen to tease out the truth of who, where and when. Especially, “who.”
The finely-wrought characters: Every single person I’ve met while living Estleman’s story is fully developed, even the “walk-ons,”—the lowly literary devices that get the reader in and out of scenes—a waiter, a railway porter, a secretary, a maid, a priest. A cook is “the biggest negro Vasco had ever seen...a knee-length apron over a twill shirt rolled up past massive forearms and old dress trousers two inches too short....feet the size of swim-fins in scuffed brown oxfords. Strips of scar-tissue pulled his eyes into oriental slits. The hand Brownie used on the front doorknob was missing its third and fourth fingers, the stumps healed over hard and shiny. He caught Vasco looking at them. “Prison cafeteria.” They were as many words as he ever spoke to him at one time.Read more ›
If you like mob history in the golden days of the 1930s, you won't get whacked buying this book
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this book is just a little to long. while 3/4 of it grab my interest, it was the other 1/4 that almost made me put the book down and go on to the next one.Published 2 months ago by Donald R. Martel
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 18 months ago by Sidney
A long read and I thought the ending would be more exciting.Published 19 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