No crime figure of our time influenced the course of modern American culture the way Owen Madden did. Starting as the leader of the Gophers, the most violent Irish street gang in Hell's Kitchen, the Irish immigrant Madden rose to prominence as the leading brewer and bootlegger in Prohibition New York. In due course, he also became Mae West's lover, the founder and proprietor of the Cotton Club, the owner of five heavyweight champions of the world, the man who gave his childhood friend George Raft his big break in Hollywood and more. Now, Michael Walsh has created a fictionalized memoir that uses Madden's voice to trace his life from his boyhood in England to his heyday in New York and beyond.
And All the Saints was the winner of the 2004 American Book Award for fiction.
"Walsh brings Owen Madden to life….a bright romp, with enough period detail and dialogue to fill ten Cagney films." —Kirkus Reviews
"Combining his eminent skills of reportage with the brilliance of a born storyteller, Walsh leads us through places and times of fascinating danger and constant excitement." ~Daniel Melnick, producer, Straw Dogs and All That Jazz
"A tale that feels remarkable authentic…an ode to the ambition and cruelty of Owen Madden… The last of the great Irish American gangsters." —Hartford Courant
"Here is the Irish Godfather on gangland's Golden Age, brought to life by Michael Walsh, a brilliant storyteller with a deep, instinctive feeling to the textures of American history, for its sometimes brutal and hilarious cast of characters, and for the wilder ironies of becoming a success in America." —Lance Morrow, author of Heart: A Memoir
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|Size: ||1.0 MB|
|Publisher: ||DCA, Inc.|
|Date published: || 2014|
|ISBN: ||9781940941448 (DRM-EPUB)|
|Read Aloud: ||not allowed|