The Confessions of Al Capone

The Confessions of Al Capone

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Multiple award-winner Loren D. Estleman has produced a major biographical novel on the infamous Mobster known as Scarface, rigorously researched and deftly nuanced to offer an intimate portrait of the gangster whose terrible crimes and larger-than-life persona have both fascinated and appalled the world for nearly a century; whose legacy is still widely debated; and whose brutally ambitious career in the Mafia continues to inspire filmmakers and writers to plumb its excesses and its contradictions.

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 and gain his trust so that Hoover can nail as many of Capone's Mob confederates as possible. Capone, suffering from the neurological effects of syphilis, is alternately lucid, full of the passion and energy that fueled his rise to the pinnacle of American crime...and rambling or ranting, the broken shell of a man released from prison so he could die at home with his family.

With the superb narrative gifts honed in dozens of novels, Estleman has captured the essence of this American icon as never before. With subtly nuanced portrayals of those in Capone's circle--his underrated wife Mae Capone, members of the Chicago Outfit including the deadly Frank Nitti--as well as his nemesis, J. Edgar Hoover, Hoover's secretary Helen Gandy and others, The Confessions of Al Capone is a major literary achievement.

Publisher: New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780765331199
Characteristics: 413 p.


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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

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