Re: RARA-AVIS: Question

From: William Denton (
Date: 15 Feb 2005

On 15 February 2005, cowgirl74014 wrote:

: Hi I am Jane, and I have been lurking here for some time. I have a
: question for you. I want to know if there all any authors that have
: written books about Capone, Nitti, Duch and the others.

One person to read is Max Allan Collins. I haven't read his Eliot Ness books, but he did four about him, and then there's the Nate Heller series, where Chicago gangsters turn up a lot. Capone, for example, plays an important part in STOLEN AWAY, even though it's about the Lindbergh kidnapping in another part of the country. I'm sure Mr. Doherty and others can give many more recommendations.

You might also look for CHICAGO CONFIDENTIAL (1950) by Jack Lait and Lee Mortimer, a paperback with the inside scoop on Chi bars, restaurants, gambling, whorehouses, etc. It's a bit later, but I bet Prohibition gangsters are mentioned a fair bit. The Lait/Mortimer books are very entertaining.


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : : Caveat lector.

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