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Prohibition Paperback – December 15, 2012
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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.
With Archie's right hand man shot up by an unknown gunman and out of commission, it's now up to Terry Quinn, Doyle's key enforcer and a very likable, loyal, but lethal, badass, to figure out the who the threat is and efficiently eliminate it before things get out of hand. But as the ground gets shakier, the stakes escalate with each spray of bullets, blood and dropping bodies. As one mystery is solved, more questions are unearthed, leaving Quinn racing against the clock. Soon, the entire city is embroiled in a turf war where it's hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys and who's betraying whom.
Can Quinn, ever loyal to his boss, put a stop to it, while protecting those he loves, and still get out of it alive?
The characters are well-formed and nuanced. They come alive, breathing, bleeding, and struggling with their inner demons as they try to stay alive and maintain their power and honor. This book is as much about the honor among thieves and the loyalty of friendship as it is about the shoot-'em-up-bang! lifestyle. Violent, touching, bloody, humorous, cruel, dangerously terrifying and unexpectedly sentimental at times, it wraps up a nice package of dimensionality and reflects a complete picture of the often conflicting nature of the human condition. Neither good, nor bad, with no apologies or pretenses.
As McCauley writes, "Quinn didn't like killing people just for the hell of it. Murder could become an easy solution for most problems. Murder could become a habit and habits make you sloppy. Sloppy got you killed."
The action is fast paced and keeps your attention, flipping pages fervently to see how they will get themselves out of the most recent conundrum. Often, the dry humor provides a nice break to particularly tense scenes, avoiding too much heaviness and darkness. The result is a thoroughly enjoyable experience where you will find yourself alternately fearing for their safety, cheering with relief as they clear hurdles and realize victories, and seething with rage, desiring vengeance for when they are wronged!
A delightful, adventurous ride-along in old fashioned gangster style that quickly engages the reader and evokes the desire to reach right into the pages and help Quinn smack the smugness out of the guest he's interrogating. As much as you might hate violence, you will find yourself cheering him on to "just plug the rat, already!" You're fingers will itch to pick up a Tommy gun and join in the charge! This, is Archie Doyle's New York. Welcome to 1930.
Rarely have I encountered a novel that made me turn the pages at such a breathless pace. Mob enforcer Terry Quinn is destined to have his own wax figure unveiled if ever they create a pulp fiction hall of fame. PROHIBITION has it all--mob guys, gorgeous broads, speakeasies, Tommy guns, crooked politicians, smarmy reporters, Molotov cocktails, blood and bodies galore--everything pulp fiction fans want in their reading pleasure is here. My first thought after I read "The end" was that I wanted to read more Quinn. What a wonderful character! He's realistic, original, and yet so true to the original pulp fiction milieu that it was like picking up one of those wonderful classics of yesteryear that I thought had disappeared forever. It's back and with a vengeance!
McCauley immerses us not only into a physical world that's totally believable and based on real historical figures, but the novel is also centered around a mystery that is revealed in the same way a clever and top-notch fighter reveals his skills in the ring to a respected opponent, little by little, round by round. Left hooks and right crosses come out at moments when you least expect them and they have the same effect as a real-life punch would. They smack you in the solar plexus and take your breath away. The pacing is superb. It just builds and builds and builds and the last third feels like you're hurtling along in one of those high-speed Japanese trains. You sense immediately you're in the hands of a writing master.
When you read this--and you should--take a moment to savor the cover and the art that graces each chapter heading. The drawings will flat-out take your breath away. Taken together--the art and the writing--signal a return to the glory that was once pulp fiction and is again.
Warning: Literary snobs may not enjoy it as much for it contains the one thing that many of those folks detest--entertainment value. This isn't about some middle-aged English prof contemplating his navel and wondering why his wife left him. Terry Quinn and other such characters are why she left him--they got tired of hearing the guy conjugate verbs and wanted to hook up with someone who actually had a life, did things and had a set of steel beans in his jeans. That means that if you prefer your books to have sleeping powder qualities--don't start reading this book.
You ain't gonna sleep until it's over.
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