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.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
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.
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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
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.
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!
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!
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