And All the Saints [NOOK Book]

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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...
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And All the Saints

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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

Author of "Heart: A Memoir" - Lance Morrow
“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.”
Producer, "Straw Dogs" and "All That Jazz" - Daniel Melnick
“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.”
Irish Review
“Crackling…gritty…colorful…Walsh will keep you turning the pages…brings to life a dark yet fascinating episode of Irish-American history."
Kirkus Reviews
“Walsh brings Owen Madden to life….a bright romp, with enough period detail and dialogue to fill ten Cagney films.”
Hartford Courant
“A tale that feels remarkable authentic…an ode to the ambition and cruelty of Owen Madden… The last of the great Irish American gangsters.”
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940149604968
  • Publisher: DCA, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/14/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 19,046
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Michael Walsh is the author of the bestselling Devlin novels—HOSTILE INTENT, EARLY WARNING and SHOCK WARNING—as well as a being a journalist and screenwriter. His prequel/sequel to the movie Casablanca, AS TIMES GOES BY, was translated into at more than 20 languages. He won the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for music criticism while at the San Francisco Examiner and went on to become the music critic for Time Magazine, and the writer of five popular books on classical music, musical theater and opera. His column for the National Review under the name of the taunting, ultra-liberal, wannabe screenwriter, “David Kahane” lead to his book RULES FOR RADICAL CONSERVATIVES, which was published in 2010. His forthcoming books include the next two Devlin novels and THE DEVIL’S PLEASURE PALACE, a work of political non-fiction.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2003

    Good, Not Great

    The chapters are well written and the characters are, by and large, memorable if not completely fleshed out as one might like. The first-person narration of this novel woefully limits the scope of description the reader requires for such an unfamiliar time in American history. Madden's voice is convincing, but sounds flat sometimes as though Walsh is afraid to slip into cliches of the era. The relationships between Madden and some of the characters who appear later on in the book aren't explained enough and seem forced. Famous people like Duke Ellington, Mae West and the like seem to just walk through and wave, leaving this reader asking for more. Madden's involvement in Hollywood was too rich to gloss over as Walsh does here. However, the dialogue is crisp and entertaining and the slang sharpened to perfection. Walsh succeeds in giving the reader an ear for the way people spoke back in 'dem days without seeming obvious or trite. Overall, a good effort that misses the greatness in its grasp.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    strong biographical fiction

    In 1892 Leeds, England Owney Madden was born to Irish parents who decided to cross the Atlantic and make their fortune in New York. However, Owney¿s dad died before he left the British Isles, but his mother went ahead with their dream. Accompanied by her three children, she moves to New York¿s Hell's Kitchen. By the time Owney turned ten, he belonged to the Gophers, an intimating Irish gang. His prime lesson in Hoodlum 101 was that the real money existed in politics. So he turned to Jewish gang leader and Tammany Hall big shot Monk Eastman as his mentor. Advancing to Hoodlum 201 and 301, Owney learned the art of a well-placed bribe and what to do when the heat became too hot. He was involved with bootlegging during Prohibition and later turned to show business. Ultimately even after the Feds gave him an advanced lesson on closing the books, Owney cut a few last deals before moving to Hot Springs, Arkansas where he died in 1964. This biographical fiction blends the known facts of Madden¿s life with delightful period vernacular and tidbits into a strong account of one of the more famous twentieth century gangsters. Readers who enjoy tales like the Untouchables or Scarface will want to read Michael Walsh¿s fast moving story that is so loaded one must keep saying this is fiction as it seems as if the author interviewed and quoted the gangster. Where is Robinson or Raft with Mae West to play herself because this character and book will fascinate the audience including Hollywood. Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted July 5, 2014

    Amazing

    Amazing

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