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American Gangster

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by Max Allan Collins, Steven Zaillian (Screenplay by)
 

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The novelization of the major motion picture from Universal Pictures about Frank Lucas, drug czar of Harlem. The film stars Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, and is directed by Ridley Scott.

For decades the Mafia controlled the flow of heroin onto the streets of Harlem. Frank Lucas changed all that. Born in rural North Carolina, he came to New York and rose to

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The novelization of the major motion picture from Universal Pictures about Frank Lucas, drug czar of Harlem. The film stars Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, and is directed by Ridley Scott.

For decades the Mafia controlled the flow of heroin onto the streets of Harlem. Frank Lucas changed all that. Born in rural North Carolina, he came to New York and rose to power under notorious mobster Bumpy Johnson. When Bumpy died, Frank moved to take over the drug business. Caught in a squeeze play between the Mafia and the street dealers, Frank got creative. Instead of being a tool of the mob, he went straight to the source—Cambodia—and set up his own unique distribution system.

Using his brothers as his lieutenants and selling "quality" heroin in trademark blue plastic bags, Frank Lucas and his "Country Boys" became the kings of One Hundred Twenty-Fifth Street. Frank had it made. He was rich, successful, and untouchable. . . .

. . . until Richie Roberts came along. Roberts, the Eliot Ness of drug enforcement, became a pariah among other detectives in the NYPD when he turned in the million dollars in cash he found in the trunk of a dealer's car. His personal life was a mess—his wife left him, and his son hardly knew him anymore—but on the job, Roberts was all business, and his business, heading up a Federal Narcotics Squad, was busting big-time dealers. His next target? Frank Lucas.

This violent, action-filled chronicle of a uniquely American family.is based on Ridley Scott's film, itself based on a New York magazine profile, "The Return of Superfly" by Mark Jacobson.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765359018
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
10/02/2007
Edition description:
Movie Tie-In Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
4.27(w) x 6.68(h) x 0.82(d)

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Meet the Author

Max Allan Collins has been chosen as the 2017 Grand Master by Mystery Writers of America (MWA). He is the New York Times bestselling author of the graphic novel The Road to Perdition on which the film was based, has written dozens of novels, including his Nate Heller detective series. Collins wrote also has written the graphic-novel sequel, The Road to Paradise. For some years he wrote the Dick Tracy comic strip. An independent filmmaker, Collins lives in Eastern Iowa.

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American Gangster 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked this up to read on a recent plane ride. Knowing the story is based on the real Frank Lucas made the entire story quite compelling. Because the book is based on the script and not the usual film adaptation from print, the back and forth between Frank and Richie gets a little tedious. I think the idea is to juxtapose the values and ambitions of the 2 characters, but it doesn't really work. Richie clearly comes across as the saint 'even though he has no family values'and Frank the sinner 'even though he loves his wife and mom'. But with Denzel Washington as the lead in the movie, it's hard to hate Frank. It would help the reader to know more about Frank's childhood to better understand his actions. Frank experienced some signifigant pain as a child growing up in the South when Jim Crow ruled. American Gangster is a very enjoyable read, though. I passed it along to my 24-year old son who hasn't read a book in years! I think it's a great book and an easy read for young adults.
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Target practice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book wass sooo good
Guest More than 1 year ago
its the bomb book must read!!!!!