RE: RARA-AVIS: Dead City by Shane Stevens

From: Ron Clinton (
Date: 09 Sep 2008

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    DEAD CITY is quite good, though he's probably best known as the author of BY REASON OF INSANITY, an early serial-killer novel (which came out in the late
    '70s) which has become a bit of a classic. I'd argue, though, that DEAD CITY is probably the better of the two novels...though REASON is a close second.

    Ron C.

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    > This was recommended to me a while back, and it's one of the cruelest,
    > most violent crime novels I've read. When I mean by most violent is
    > the for crime novels that are meant to have a sense of realism as
    > opposed to books written to be over-the-top or are more cartoonish.
    > This was written by Shane Stevens in '73, and from trying to do web
    > searches on him he seems to be kind of a mystery man.
    > Dead City follows three players in the Jersey City mob, Joe Zucco, one
    > of the crime bosses, Harry Strega, just out of Vietam Nam and trying
    > to work his way up in the mob, Charlie Flowers, a depressed sort whose
    > career as a hit man has stalled out and is now doing strongarm stuff.
    > The book pulls no punches as it follows their exploits, deceits,
    > double-crosses, and the dirtiest aspects of the mob business. Reading
    > this, you can't help but feel that Stevens must've had friends in the
    > mob. This is a book that should be considered a classic, and sadly,
    > it's hard to imagine any NY publisher taking this book if it came in
    > today. I don't think I could recommend this book strongly enough.
    > --Dave
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