The Gangster, Clive Cussler And Justin Scott

The Gangster opening line: Chest-deep in a ditch, an Italian pick and shovel man looked up at a rush of custom-made shoes and broadcloth trousers inches from his face.

The Gangster

The Gangster

It is 1906 and in New York City the Italian crime group known as the Black Hand is on a menacing spree: kidnapping, extortion, arson.

Detective Isaac Bell of the Van Dorn Agency is hired to form a special “Black Hand Squad,” but the gangsters appear to be everywhere. So much so that Bell begins to wonder if there are imitator mobs emerging, other criminals using the Black Hand name to further terrorize the city.

But then the murders begin, each one of a man more powerful than the last. Bell knows that copycat or not he’s facing a lethal organisation, and to his dismay their ultimate target may be the most powerful man of all.

My verdict:

You might recall that I did not enjoy the previous collaboration between these two writers but this book was most enjoyable. I loved the historic aspects of the book and how the Italian community operated in America upon their arrival. Of course the white hand and Van Dorn Agency private detectives save the day and prevent a calamitous event. Worth buying and an easy read.

Edit needed:

Once again I know I should be a proofreader as I picked up the following error on page 307:

And avoid al together any in the vicinity of the Catskill Aqueduct instead of all.

Publishing information:
ISBN 9781405923842
Format Paperback
Published March 2017

Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Penguin Books South Africa. I was not required to write a positive review. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

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