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Road to Perdition
     

Road to Perdition

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by Max Allan Collins
 

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Rock Island, Illinois -- 1929. Michael O'Sullivan is a good father and a family man -- and also the chief enforcer for John Looney, the town's Irish Godfather of crime. As Looney's "Angel of Death," O'Sullivan has done the bidding of Chicago gangsters Al Capone and Frank Nitti as well -- but when a gangland execution spells tragedy for the O'Sullivan family, a

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Rock Island, Illinois -- 1929. Michael O'Sullivan is a good father and a family man -- and also the chief enforcer for John Looney, the town's Irish Godfather of crime. As Looney's "Angel of Death," O'Sullivan has done the bidding of Chicago gangsters Al Capone and Frank Nitti as well -- but when a gangland execution spells tragedy for the O'Sullivan family, a grieving father and his adolescent son find themselves on a winding road fo treachery, revenge, and revelation.

Writer Max Allan Collins is a two-time winner of the Private Eye Writers of America's Shamus Award for his Nathan Keller historical thrillers True Detective and Stolen Away. Award-winning artist Richard Piers Raynner spent four years working on the artwork for Road to Perdition, a labor of love that has resulted in some of the most stunningly realistic drawings of 1930s Chicago ever seen on printed page.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401231910
Publisher:
DC Comics
Publication date:
11/15/2011
Series:
Road to Perdition Series , #1
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.63(d)

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Road to Perdition 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Road to Perdition by Max Allan Collins is just an amazing book. The book tells us the story of a very professional hit man for a Chicago mob, Michael Sullivan, who at the same time is a loving, caring, and protective husband and father of two boys. Despite this, he is not a good man. Sullivan is an idol and also an stranger to both of his young sons. He is a moral man; a man that down deep inside knows that what he does is wrong. But that is his work, and that is because his boss raised him, and when they had nothing he gave them a home, a life. He is the man he loves the most, a father to him. And John Rooney felt the same towards Mike. So, therefore he leads two separate lives. The boys are always curious about what their father does for a living, but they know they can¿t ask him. One day the oldest son hides in the car and goes on one of his 'missions'. He finds out the truth about his father¿s profession, and endangers his family. This is what I liked about the book, its unique and strange way of trying to tell us and make us become more aware of how the relationship between two people is so important. Road to Perdition is a very simple story to understand. Max Allan Collins has a curious way of writing that keeps you intrigued throughout the novel. There are many quotes in this novel that will remain in my head. But, if I had to pick one¿I¿m sure that one quote that I will never forget is when John Rooney is talking to his ¿son¿, Mike Sullivan, and he says: ¿There are only murderers in this room¿. Open your eyes, Mike! This is the life we lead¿the life we chose¿. There¿s only one guarantee. None of us will see heaven¿. And then Sullivan replies: ¿Michael could¿. When he says this, I finally understood what Sullivan¿s fear was. It was not death, but that his son¿his surviving son would follow the same road. The theme of the book is the relationship between fathers and sons. I think there is always lie, and also truth. There is love, and there is hatred. I¿ve come to realize that when a specific truth is revealed, when you find a flaw in the man you always looked up to, the man you considered to be your father, you have got to know how to react, you need to know how to deal with it. It relates to my life, in the same way it relates to everybody¿s life. There is always a paternal image, always. Sometimes we just don¿t know how to handle important issues that can take you to serious misunderstandings. I do recommend this book to every one because it¿s full of events that you don¿t even think that could happen. I know it is a short book, but absolutely amazing. I recommend the movie of the same name and story as well. It is one of the best films in a long time I believe. You just don¿t see Tom Hanks and Paul Newman on the big screen every day. We all know that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved it. Collins has a way of writeing that keeps you intreged until the end and then begging for more. Excellent book highly recomended to all my friends
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A good quick reader. A couple days is the most it will take to get through this little story but worth the trip.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the book was one of the best books i have read all summer and i can't wait to see the movie
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was a really great book. to tell you the truth i only read it cuz jude law was on the cover. but it was a facsinating tale of a hit man. i love how the author tried to show there was a human side to every character. and it isn't difficult at all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nowhere did it say that the whole book is cartoons. Thought it was like the movie "Road to Perdition." I would not recommend this book for anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i hate this