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In the 1930?s, life in Brooklyn was murder. Follow the intertwined lives of Jewish gangsters Allie Tanennbaum, Abe Reles and scores of hoods organized by Louis Lepke Buchalter into the deadliest hit operation in Mafia history, ?Murder, Inc.?, as they escape the mean streets and lonely tenements of East New York., make themselves into the most dangerous men in America, only to eventually send their best friends and closest allies up the river. Written by Xeric Award winner Neil Kleid, an exciting new author to ...

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In the 1930’s, life in Brooklyn was murder. Follow the intertwined lives of Jewish gangsters Allie Tanennbaum, Abe Reles and scores of hoods organized by Louis Lepke Buchalter into the deadliest hit operation in Mafia history, “Murder, Inc.”, as they escape the mean streets and lonely tenements of East New York., make themselves into the most dangerous men in America, only to eventually send their best friends and closest allies up the river. Written by Xeric Award winner Neil Kleid, an exciting new author to watch closely.

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A beautifully moody evocation of a bygone Brooklyn inhabited by Jewish gangsters, Brownsville follows the career of some of the biggest names in the hoodlum business. The authors trace the way in which a young boy might be seduced by the wrong side through relating the story of Allie Tannenbaum, who first meets the wiseguys on the grounds of his own father's place in the Catskills. Later, the action moves to the Lower East Side, where Allie is an older man, well ensconced in the shadow world of the men who make up Murder Inc.: Louis Lepke Buchalter, Abe Reles, the Shapiro brothers, Dutch Schultz-all wind through this tale of 1930s corruption. Tires are slashed, guns are hidden in toilet tanks, rapes and murders and retaliatory hits are carried out. One difficulty is that there are few sympathetic characters, other than Allie's somewhat bewildered father, who doesn't love his son's choice of career. At times, the story's convolutions can be tough to follow; along with the various shifting loyalties, Allen's lush black ink, while atmospheric, can make different characters look confusingly similar. Nonetheless, the work is a fine addition to the archive of Brooklyn's once outlaw world. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Impoverished Brownsville in Brooklyn, New York, served as the breeding ground for some of the toughest and most violent criminals in urban American history. Following the lives of Abraham "Kid Twist" Reles, Albert "Allie Tick Tock" Tannenbaum, and countless others, this graphic novel presents the events leading up to the formation of the vicious Murder Inc. But escaping the tenements and finding a new family comes with a difficult life, one where the slightest shift in alliances can turn bitter enemies into uneasy partners and men as close as brothers into rivals. The history of Jewish gangsters is often overshadowed by images of The Godfather and stories of the Italian mafia, but the events and players come to life in the stark images in this historical overview. Segments, organized as a series of vignettes linked by narrative commentary, follow the gang from inception to the final trial and execution of key members. Following in the tradition of Art Spiegelman's Maus (Pantheon, 1986), this graphic novel attempts not only to present the events of the turbulent 1920s and 1930s, but also attempts to offer a way of looking at the violence as part of the overall shaping of inner-city life. Although the Holocaust is known well enough to be painted in the broad strokes that a graphic novel allows, the history of the Jewish Mafia unfortunately is not. The abundance of names and the unfamiliarity of events make additional research necessary. The addition of a bibliography and a list of sources for further research partly address this issue. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P S A/YA G (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12;Adult-marketed book recommended for Young Adults; Graphic Novel Format). 2006, NBM, 208p.; Biblio. Source Notes., Trade pb. Ages 15 to Adult.
—Heather Hepler
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561634583
  • Publisher: N B M Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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