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The fact that this is not a fictional world carved out of the imagination of the author may surprise you, the events, the people, the stories and the happenings are in any other part of the world a work of fiction. Surprisingly in the city of Angels of Hollywood it is all too real. Interconnected in a way only the passage of time can tell with stories that span a life time or more Gangster Squad weaves about in ways that make the most obscure details the most important.
A most enjoyable history book... or fiction for that matter
Very enjoyable story, if you like cops & mobsters. I enjoyed that Lieberman didn't glorify these thugs - especially Mickey Cohen. That's one of the things I hated about "The Sopranos". These are low lifes who ruin the lives of mostly innocent people by praying on the weaknesses. Example: Mickey Cohen owned a florist and he would send out his delivery people with floral arrangements to homes of some of the citizens of Los Angeles. The problem...these people didn't order flowers. Of course Cohen's named would be on the receipt and since he was a well known "celebrity"/gangster (for lack of a better term) and fearing retribution they pay up. Nothing romantic about that unless you're a thug looking for new ideas to scam hard working citizens. It's the police that are the romantic character in this story. It's a wonderful story spanning the late 30's (with main character family stories dating back to the 1880's) thru the early 1960's (again with main characters stories going up until present time). This story goes much, much deeper than the movie. I hope this entices some people get the wonderful audio book.
A few good things about this is the writer did an amazing amount of research, he also notes when stories he has can contain hyperbole or be untrue. The characters are all good characters to hear about especially the Whalen family.
Really one of the boring parts was Mickey Cohen sure he was interesting till he went to prison the first time, after that he seems just like a has been and the story could have been better suited towards other things the intelligence division did.
The origins the writer goes back to are excellent he mentions the fruit cart selling black hand people and details how in the early days LA was the wild west and was notorious for corruption. It is a great overall read.