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The Purples Paperback – May 6, 2010
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This author - an award winning writer - took 10 years to complete the novel, and you can really tell. Like a piece of artwork finely sculpted, the end result is something that should be on anyone's bookshelf who enjoys fact-based historical fiction. Pull yourself away from the TV and delve into this magnificent novel. You'll be glad you did. I couldn't put it down once I started. 5 out of 5 stars.
Hang onto that running board as Joe Bernstein takes you from the illegal Palmer Raids of "Heinrich" Ford's Detroit to the bloody Collingwood Massacre. The largest funeral in Detroit history is the turning point for Berger's protagonist, wise-cracking narrator as well as for prosecutor Harry Reilly and microphone-slinging Jerry Barclay--a loudmouth radio host who's trying to play both sides of the Jewish/Italian mob war.
Perhaps the greatest new angle of this book is the compelling Bernstein who begins the novel rescuing his girl from city hall, piecing together an unlikely gang of Einsteins, philosphers and gorillas, dealing with the shame of his Jewish community and the hypocrisy of a town run by the automotive ruler of the world.
You'll have a hard time putting it down, if you put it down at all!
I thoroughly enjoyed reading every page of the narrator's largely unsentimental and mostly honest recollection of his struggle to make a life in a world that didn't care whether he lived or died. This is the most engaging novel I have read in the past year, and the only one that compelled me to keep reading when I should have been doing other things.
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As gangster stories go, very poor. If this is supposed to be a representation of the Purple Gang, it is a very loose representation. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Joseph A. Syler
This book kept my interest throughout the whole story line. It's an all guy story no love affairs. Great heartless hoodsPublished 11 months ago by Kindle Customer
Do not usually like first person narratives based on true events. However, this was the exception. It was easy reading and being from Detroit I could recognize the neighborhoods... Read morePublished 11 months ago by William Crabtree
I never read gangster novels or watch crime shows and rarely read noir crime novels but this story had me hooked from the first page. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Sydneysider
Great plot based on the lives of the members of The Purple Gang. Good characterizations and lots of action and emotional content.Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
As a child born in Detroit but raised in the city of Hamtramck in the late 1920s and thru the 1930s, I was well aware of the Purple Gang - but, Hamtramck was dealt with too harshly... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Doness