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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Curse of Al Capone's Gold 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As I started reading the book, it was full of twists & turns,never thinking it would end like it did.Being the widow of the Andy Larson (character name)I thought of how he would have enjoyed it,being the avid reader he was. I enjoyed the familiar surroundings,characters, & families, in N.D. the author used! Thanks Mike, waiting for the next book! Bev Larson
Guest More than 1 year ago
A mystery that keep you guessing about what is going to happen. I thought I had it figured out after chapter 40,but as all great mystery writers do, Mike proved me very wrong. It was hard to put down. Mike's knowkedge of North Dokota and of the booze running times are very evident. His descriptions make you feel like you were there looking out from behind the cases of whiskey.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A fast paced page turner, hard to put down. Mr Thompson, originally from North Dakota has pretty much hit the nail on the head with the history of the bootleg days in the 20's. The book makes you look at Andy Larson as a good old boy even though he is stealing from criminals. More Andy Larson books please!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It isn't often you get to read a great novel about the time of Al Capone, tommyguns and gangsters...but this one hits the bullseye! Fast paced and meticulously researched, I couldn't put it down. It you like this exciting American era, read it!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In North Dakota rogue cop Andy Larson supplements his income by stealing from criminals especially bootleggers. He and four of his friends plan to hijack a truckload filled with illegal booze, but to his dismay everything turns ugly as bullets fly. The four bootleggers and one of Larson¿s allies are dead. When the dust settles, the four survivors look inside the truck to find a cache of gold coins.----------- Andy knows he needs to cover up the disaster from his work peers and elude the owner of the coins, mobster Al Capone. As he struggles with both, Andy tries to figure out how to dispose of bodies, alcohol, and coins without the cops or the Chicago mob knowing it was him.--------------- Except for the illegal booze and names like Capone, this prohibition crime caper could take place in any twentieth century era as the action-packed story line lacks a distinct 1920s flavor to it. The story line is fast-paced and filled with gunfights that make the Valentine¿s Day massacre look like a cozy. With the blood flowing and the audience wanting Andy to get his comeuppance as a bad cop, readers will be reminded of marihuana busts in the south and southwest in the 1960s as Mike Thompson provides a graphic shoot out.---------- Harriet Klausner