The Confessions of Al Capone

The Confessions of Al Capone

Large Print - 2013
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In 1944, after Al Capone has been released from prison, J. Edgar Hoover assigns an FBI junior agent to insinuate himself into Capone's life, in the guise of a Catholic priest, so that Hoover can nail his mob confederates. Suffering the neurological effects of syphilis, Capone is alternately lucid -- full of the passion and energy that fueled his rise to the pinnacle of crime -- and a rambling, ranking, broken shell of a man released from prison to die at home.
Publisher: Detroit : Thorndike Press, 2013.
ISBN: 9781410461100
1410461106
Branch Call Number: ESTLE
Characteristics: 859 p. ; 23 cm.

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Dec 05, 2017

This is a good one.

I'm picky and choosy when it comes to Estleman--that says as much about me than it does about him (I'm not a mystery buff; many of his books are mysteries; nor am I a western obsessive; if he wrote nothing else he'd be a success.)

However, when he writes something I'm interested in I REALLY like it. This is one. A nice blend of factual (not just the character, but the period-piece detail of time and place; prohibition Florida) and fictional story. I'm writing this about three years AFTER I read this book, and that also tells you something--certain scenes and the ambiance of the novel itself stick with you. That's very good writing.

For the best, in my opinion, read Estleman's The Master Executioner. One of the best books I've EVER read. And a western, too.

ChristchurchLib Sep 09, 2013

"A rigorously researched biographical novel based on the later years of the infamous mobster follows the efforts of an FBI junior agent who in 1944 is dispatched by J. Edgar Hoover to infiltrate Capone's organisation, an effort that is compromised by Capone's haunted memories of prison and declining health. By the Shamus Award-winning author of Infernal Angels." September 2013 Thrillers and Suspense newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=674857

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