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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Barricade Books (September 14, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156980317X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569803172
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,163,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rick Porrello on November 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Crime is a dark subject, but this is one colorful book about a thief you just gotta love. A Mafia insider with a good sense of humor and a bad attitude, Slick Hanner is now talking. His life is high-speed, often perilous and always entertaining. Much of the action is set in fascinating, Rat Pack era Las Vegas. Readers of true crime, organized crime, the Rat Pack days and biographies are sure to enjoy.

Rick Porrello
Author of Superthief - A Master Burglar, the Mafia and the Biggest Bank Heist in U.S. History
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Angela Mackintosh on February 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
THIEF!, published by Barricade Books, is the gutsy true story of William `Slick' Hanner, an ex-con artist with mob ties, who grows up in "the toughest neighborhood in the world," 1940's Chicago , and makes his way into all kinds of trouble. From childhood pranks such as shoplifting for zoot suits, to getting entangled with the Lucchese Crime Family in Miami, where he almost becomes fish food. THIEF! takes you back to a bygone era where people could do things for kicks, rob casinos blind, and end up in the wrong places without becoming a "made guy." In fact, Slick was on the fringes of all the hottest scenes throughout the last half of the 20th century, whether it was working in Las Vegas as a Stardust dealer, serving as Jerry Lewis' bodyguard, driving a limo for the infamous Chicken Ranch in Nevada, or celebrating New Years in Havana the night Castro took over Cuba. You name it and Slick has lived it.

Cherie writes the book in a fast-paced tone, true to Slick's voice. If I didn't know her, she would be invisible; she writes that well. And we as writers know that is one of the toughest things to conquer when writing a biography; yet Cherie does this with ease. The book is a hard-hitting adrenaline rush with a lot of laughter. She can tell you a story in a sentence; she knows how to cut the fat. This is an epic with a lifetime of story and well worth the read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ron Chepesiuk on May 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book because I'm interested in learning more about the Las Vegas-mob connection. I've had my fill of books chronicling the New York mob scene. I must it's a heck of story and has much more to offer the reader than just what it reveals about the Las Vegas scene. Writer Cherie Rohn should be commended for her literary mastery in harnessing Slick's energy on the written page, and I highly recommend "Thief" for anyone thirsting for a good read. I look forward to more books by Cherie Rohn, a new literary talent on the true crime scene.

--Ron Chepesiuk, author, "Gangsters of Harlem" and "Drug Lords"
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