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Curse of Al Capone's Gold

Curse of Al Capone's Gold

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by Mike Thompson

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Prohibition-era violence and mayhem dominate Thompson's predictable debut. Andy Larson, a maverick North Dakota police officer who has no problem ripping off criminals, enlists four friends to hijack a truckload of bootleg alcohol coming in from Canada. The caper turns ugly when a shootout leaves all four bootleggers and one of Larson's friends dead. The remaining hijackers quickly discover that their haul includes thousands of dollars of gold coins belonging to Al Capone. Hiding his extracurricular activities from his colleagues on the force, Larson scrambles to stay ahead of Capone's enforcers and avoid scrutiny from his own department. There's no real period flavor or mystery, merely a standard plot of good guys who bend the rules vs. bad guys, peppered by shootouts. (Dec.)

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North Dakota cop Andy Larson robs a shipment of booze headed from Canada to U.S. speakeasies. Then one of his buddies is killed, and the men find Al Capone's gold coins hidden in the whiskey. Larson must keep everyone safe while avoiding Capone's enforcers. Thompson captures the atmosphere of the rural speakeasy and the overall darkness of the Prohibition era. He lives in San Angelo, TX.

—Jo Ann Vicarel
Kirkus Reviews
When some good old boys hijack bootleg booze, more than the truck backfires. In 1923, a lot of illicit stuff from Canada is pouring into North Dakota for dissemination. As a result, racketeers like Guido Salvatore and Alphonse Capone are getting rich. Regular fellows like Andy Larson and his pals are not. One night, after boozing around a bonfire, they decide to reapportion the wealth. On the face of it, their plan is plausible. After all, who could've predicted that the truck would be carrying all those extra guards, and that they'd be carrying all that extra firepower? In the resulting firefight, the guards are killed. The reason for all those security enhancements becomes clear in the process of unloading the hijacked truck. Beneath the camouflaging hay is not just booze but gold: five bags full, about $60,000 worth of newly minted $20 coins. The prior claim of big-time thieves to the loot gives the smalltime thieves pause. But Andy, a tough, resourceful, seasoned vet of the Great War, is no ordinary good old boy. Put a Tommy gun in his hand, and he could well be a match for every Guido and Alphonse in the phone book. Strong plotting transcends clunky prose in an entertaining debut.

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