A Bloody Business

A Bloody Business❴EPUB❵ ✼ A Bloody Business Author Dylan Struzan – Tbjewellers.co.uk ON THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF PROHIBITION LEARN WHAT REALLY HAPPENEDIn 1919 the National Prohibition Act was passed making it illegal across America to produce distribute or sell liuor With this act the ON THE TH ANNIVERSARY OF PROHIBITION LEARN WHAT REALLY HAPPENEDIn the National Prohibition A Bloody eBook Ú Act was passed making it illegal across America to produce distribute or sell liuor With this act the US Congress also created organized crime as we know it Italian Jewish and Irish mobs sprang up to supply the suddenly illegal commodity to the millions of people still eager to drink it Men like Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky Dutch Schultz and Bugsy Siegel Al Capone in Chicago and Nucky Johnson in Atlantic City waged a brutal war for power in the streets and on the waterfronts But if you think you already know this storythink again since you’ve never seen it through the eyes of one the mobsters who lived itCalled “one of the most significant organized crime figures in the United States” by the US District Attorney Vincent “Jimmy Blue Eyes” Alo was just years old when Prohibition became law Over the next decade Alo would work side by side with Lansky and Luciano as they navigated the brutal underworld of bootlegging thievery and murder Alo’s later career included prison time and the ultimate Mob tribute being immortalized as “Johnny Ola” in The Godfather Part IIIntroduced to the year old Alo living in retirement in Florida Dylan Struzan based this book on than hours of recorded testimony—stories Alo had never shared and that he forbid her to publish until “after I’m gone” Alo died peacefully two months short of his th birthday And now his stories—bracing and violent full of intrigue and betrayal hunger and hubris—can finally be told.


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  • 672 pages
  • A Bloody Business
  • Dylan Struzan
  • English
  • 09 July 2016

10 thoughts on “A Bloody Business

  1. says:

    Entertaining novel purporting to be a novelized version of what the author was told by Jimmy Alo after pledging not to use anything he said until after his death So we get the familiar cast of real life characters; Charley Luciano Meyer Lanksky Masseria Maranzano etc Events unfold pretty much as previously known although there is one very different account of one event that I will add at the end after warning not to read further What is different and I believe true is the fact that being in was simply a franchise a license to operate without interference and any interference would be non violently mediated by the ranking members That was the ideal and it usually workedbut not alwaysSpoiler coming up In this account of the Masseria murder it is Charley Luciano himself who deals with it up close and personal He's not in the bathroom as in most accounts Also and I have long thought this it seems that guys like Charley L regarded the blood oath thing as medieval BS that the old mustache Petes thought was meaningful or good show business

  2. says:

    Love your leaders Pay your taxes Be ready to pay for armed police to protect the beloved leaders

  3. says:

    As far as I'm concerned the years directly before and after prohibition and the events leading up to and following prohibition are the most interesting in American history There's no mystery why there are so many books and movies written to take place in that time period Obviously those were hard times But no matter how much I learn about those years and the people who lived them I am always than willing to learn and experience even through the mediums of fiction and art I can only imagine the things Struzan learned while researching for A Bloody Business And what a telling title too Being released 100 years after the National Prohibition Act  was passed was a happy coincidence right? But getting down to the grit of this review I feel like I should warn you the book is not what you might expect It is less story historical account but it isn't as seamless as most would like it to be First as most readers of historical novels would expect there is language used within the text in both speech and expression that is uniue to that era There are lines like Old Bill Rockafeller was a flimflammer tucked in here and there which really made me think my granddad may have been telling me the story I don't mean that to be a negative either but it does take some getting used to at first if you don't read a lot of stories from this time period I'm not sure if I should even mention characterization since Dylan Struzan actually met with a man who was called one of the most significant organized crime figures in the United States and listened to than 50 hours of recorded testimony see blurb above I think she knocked it right out of the park I think Dylan Struzan knew probably within a week or two of research exactly how her characters operated what drove them to be the way they were and got everything perfect from mannerisms to thoughts within the first few pages of a rough draft I could be wrong but I suspect I'm not There were bits of story here and there I feel could have been cut out during her first few rounds of edits and revisions but those pieces are iffy meaning they could have stayed or gone and nobody would have been the wiser Usually in that case a writer would cut those bits but sometimes they get left and it doesn't really change anything It just takes a reader longer to read the story Obviously that can sometimes lead a reader to get bored and walk away and because of this I would urge the author to think about this next time she sits down to revise a novel It's not a deal breaker but it's a slippery slope leading toward boredom I feel it worth noting however that the plot itself is little than prohibition and organized crime itself As a historical account I feel like the story was delivered in an informal way obviously but an effective delivery was certainly given After a few pages you can imagine how Dylan Struzan may have felt whilst giving her interview of Alo Maybe he said something like Well ya see what happened was and she began her notes Probably not but it's very easy to imagine the story having formed that way It certainly isn't what I might call a campfire tale but it bridges the gap between today's technologically advanced generations and the generation that our great grandparents grew up in There are themes expressed that we can all relate to 

  4. says:

    It should have been called A Bloody Bore A fictionalized version of the rise of Jewish Mob during the Prohibition years it sticks to historical events accurately but doesn't find a way to come up with a plot arc Even worse the prose is so flat and boring that I had trouble keeping track of the actions of the main players Instead my mind would wonder what James Ellroy could do with this material I think now I'll watch Sergio Leone's Once Upon A Time In America to wash out the bland taste this book left behind Skip it

  5. says:

    Rating 3An interesting book that tells a biographical style tale of the prohibition boot leggers crime family leaders during the 1920’s in New York specifically concentrating on Meyer Lansky and ‘lucky’ LucianoRather then a comprehensive tone the book instead relates separate incidents in a vignette style This works uite well and indeed for me at least that offsets the rather dry writing styleMore a book for dipping into over a period of time I feel instead of a cover to cover read

  6. says:

    The Roaring Twenties come alive with Prohibition and the rise of Organized Crime Dylan Struzan does a commendable job at giving the reader a tour of the times in which the Jewish Italian and Irish Mobs flourished in America If you're looking to step into the everyday lives of historical figures like Meyer Lansky Al Capone Bugsy Siegel Joe Masseria Arnold Rothstein Lucky Luciano Dutch Schultz and Vincent Jimmy Blue Eyes Alo this is the book for you

  7. says:

    As a fan of Depression Prohibition Era Gangsters this one was a No Brainier but then they add the amazing artwork of Drew Struzan which made me even giddy for this book Although I would have preferred the artwork in color it's still beautiful to look at Based on the memories and stories told to Vincent Jimmy Blue Eyes Alo

  8. says:

    A Bloody Business could have been a great book if Jimmy Alo's voice had been used instead of the historian's It got boggedf down in places and I missed the Brooklynese that should have been there throughout

  9. says:

    A wonderful novel on the rise of organized crime covering all the different rackets and the different gangsters of different nationalities who for 13 years 1920 1933 created the crime families of this country This was well written and very well researched

  10. says:

    Writing a long novel about historical event is a tricky business the people most likely to pick it up are the people most likely of knowing how it ends It's exactly what happens here The selling point of this novel is not how it ends but how it really happened Some sort of dramatized secret history if you like Told by one of prohibition's key figures Jimmy AloI mean this is not a bad novel There are some killer character moments which pleasantly color your reading Featuring notably Meyer Lansky and Al Capone But at the end of the day 600 pages of mobsters arguing and politicking is what it is It can get a little heavy and frustrating at times The book could've used a little bit of streamlinging and trimming around the edges It would've been as cool as Games of Thrones if we didn't know already everything that happened to the characters

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