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White Shadow

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Tampa, Florida, 1955: a city pulsing with Sicilian and Cuban gangsters, cigar factories, sweet rum, and violence. The bludgeoning death of retired kingpin Charlie Wall shocks the city and sends cops and reporters and associates scrambling to discover the truth. When the old White Shadow ruled the city, plenty of his enemies tried - and failed - to kill him. Now many are left wondering about the final hand of the old bootlegger and gambler. As the trail winds through neighborhoods rich and poor, enmeshing the ...
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Tampa, Florida, 1955: a city pulsing with Sicilian and Cuban gangsters, cigar factories, sweet rum, and violence. The bludgeoning death of retired kingpin Charlie Wall shocks the city and sends cops and reporters and associates scrambling to discover the truth. When the old White Shadow ruled the city, plenty of his enemies tried - and failed - to kill him. Now many are left wondering about the final hand of the old bootlegger and gambler. As the trail winds through neighborhoods rich and poor, enmeshing the innocent and corrupt alike all the way down to the streets and casinos of Havana, an extraordinary story of revenge, honor, and greed emerges. For Charlie Wall had his secrets, and he guarded them well. And those secrets could destroy a criminal empire and ignite a revolution.

The acclaimed creator of the Nick Travers mysteries combines fiction with meticulous historical fact to recreate the fascinating story of one of the most infamous murders in Florida history. Includes bonus audio interviews with people directly involved in the Charlie Wall murder case and the police interrogation of Mafia suspect Johnny Rivera. Unabridged. 2 MP3 CDs.

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Publishers Weekly
One of the major achievements of Atkins's fictional account of the murder of former mob boss Charlie Wall, the White Shadow of the title, is his mesmerizing recreation of the steamy, dangerous, pulsating city of Tampa, Fla., circa 1955. Surprisingly, Dufris, a veteran of more than 250 audiobooks, selects a straightforward, unaccented and bland approach to the atmosphere-rich novel. The book's protagonist and narrator, reporter L.B. Turner, referred to as a "Virginian," has a New England burr rather than an Old South slur. When it comes to Mafia and Cuban gangsters, Dufris rises to the occasion with an assortment of properly gruff and/or Latin accents. The audio package improves on the novel with a bonus disk, where Atkins eloquently outlines the events that triggered his interest in a nearly 50-year-old murder and offers anecdotes about his research. Just as fascinating are his interviews with former newsmen Bob Turner and Leland Hawes and retired detective Ellis Clifton, men whose voices and memories, presumably recorded during the last few years, seem as vital as they were back in the day. Simultaneous release with the Putnam hardcover (Reviews, June 3). (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
It's 1955, and the Ybor City area of Tampa is a melting pot of Cuban and Sicilian immigrants liberally laced with gangsters vying for control of the city's gambling, prostitution, drug, and liquor concessions. When vice don Charlie Wall, affectionately known as The White Shadow, is murdered gangland style in his home, all of Tampa takes notice. Atkins (Dirty South) has penned a compelling fictionalized history of the affair told from a variety of perspectives-those of the prime suspects, the investigating police detective, an investigative reporter for the Tampa Times, and an elusive Cuban girl who was a prime mover in the case. In a Tampa Confidential style, Atkins's latest cleaves close to the truth as revealed by police reports, court documents, newspaper articles, and interviews with those involved. Not your average whodunit, White Shadow is an intriguing expos of a crime-ridden city in the not-too-distant past. Recommended. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 1/06.]-Thomas Kilpatrick, Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A wild ride back to south Florida in the mid-1950s, when reporters were boozy, women were floozies, cops were for sale and stone killers managed somehow to be colorful. On Monday, April 15, 1955, person or persons unknown severely punished Charlie Wall, king of the bootleggers in his time, with a baseball bat and then slit his throat-a homicide never solved. This is the pivotal, real-life episode Atkins uses to spin his tale of murder, betrayal and revenge in tempestuous Tampa, a city once dubbed "Little Chicago." Mob hits then were as integral to the scene as senior-citizen ex-pats are now. So who rubbed the old man out? Was it Santo Trafficante, operations boss of that busy crime triangulation-Sicily to Tampa to Havana-who might have arranged the deed simply because he could? Or how about Johnny Rivera, a hood's hood, sullen, reptilian, unburdened by anything resembling a conscience. Had he become convinced that the old man had grown loose-lipped with age? Detective Ed Dodge, the anomalous cop without a price tag, likes Johnny for it. But then he likes Johnny for just about anything that is vicious, cold-blooded and fatal. On the periphery as the drama unfolds, a kind of Greek chorus, are the reporters: 26-year old J.B. Turner, serving Atkins as alter ego and narrator; and smart, beautiful, endlessly enigmatic Eleanor Charles, chief among them-sniffing at the action, ever alert for byline material, seemingly safe behind the shield of their notebooks. Until suddenly they aren't. Atkins (Dirty South, 2004, etc.) mutes his Nick Travers series, benching the blues-loving ex-footballer, for something much more ambitious. This is a big-time crime novel crammed with violence, sex and somepretty good writing makes it hard to put down.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425230541
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 258,798
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Ace Atkins

Ace Atkins is the author of four Nick Travers novels: Crossroad Blues, Leavin' Trunk Blues, Dark End of the Street, and Dirty South.

William Dufris has been nominated nine times as a finalist for the APA's prestigious Audie Award and has garnered tweny-one Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine, which also named him one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Fine ┬┐reenactment┬┐ thriller

    For years Charlie ¿White Shadow¿ Wall ran the Tampa, Florida mob. Now Charlie retired as he knows that being the kingpin is a young man¿s game with him finding it increasingly difficult to stay alive from the assorted rivals and employees who want to dethrone him. However, in April of that year, someone stabbed elderly Charlie killing him.----- Detective Ed Dodge and Tampa Tribune reporter Leland Hawes investigate the homicide that each assumes ties back to the White Shadow¿s mob days could someone have feared that Charlie knew too much and with Kefauver making noise in DC was about to reveal secrets. Dodge and Hawes travel the city to include the infamous Latin Quarter of Ybor City, Sunset Park and more before heading to Havana as they follow clues that look promising but seem to go nowhere with the mob watching every step they take just in case.----- Though a fine mystery based on the real homicide of Wall in 19555 Tampa, WHITE SHADOW feels more like a historical tale with a whodunit subplot as the story line contains a who¿s who of 1950s Florida and Cuba. The investigation is terrific, but it is the tidbits from the era and the persona like Castro who brings what seems now like ancient history (the Dodgers are still in Brooklyn winning their only world series while located there while L.A. is not even a strategic objective). True crime fans, the historical mystery audience, and readers who appreciate a look back at the ¿Happy Days¿ of the Eisenhower era will appreciate Ace Atkins ine ¿reenactment¿ thriller.----- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2014

    Lilywolf - The History of Shadowstar and Whitetail (part 1)

    In the beginning there was a jerk named Shadowstar. Lol okay I'm not gonna tell it that way. This will be easier to follow. <br>
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    Goldenstripe's Early Days: Believe it or not, Goldenstripe was not always apart of Horseclan. Like Lilywolf, he too has a past full of pain. Goldenstripe was born with his siblings Velveteyes and Almondepelt. His mother, Lynx, was a kittypet. However, she was now on her own with kits. Until recently, Goldenstripe never knew his father. Lynx was killed and things looked bleak for her kits. But fortunately, a clan called Grassclan found them and took them in. This didn't solve their problems though. <br>
    Shadowstar's Terror: Whether Shadowstar was already leader of Grassclan or if he later gained power, I do not know. But one thing's for certain. He ruled his clan mercilessly. He especially loved controlling cats. He went so far as to force Goldenstripe to become mates with Whitetail. Though Whitetail had feelings for him, they were mainly for selfish reasons. She believed Goldenstripe could keep her safe from Shadowstar. Goldenstripe resented being forced to be with her since he didn't love her. She often took their relationship like a joke. They never became mates in the true sense of the word and never had kits. Goldenstripe only stayed to protect Velveteyes. Almondepelt died from Shadowstar's cruelty. Eventually Goldenstripe had a chance to escape and he took it along with Velveteyes. They went their seperate ways shortly after. <br>
    The Meeting: At this time, Lilywolf had found Horseclan and became deputy under Sunnystar. She met the golden tom one day and let him join. Soon, Goldenstripe began to take notice of Lilywolf and began hinting at his feelings. Romance, dates, butterflys... they took it slow. But then he asked her to be his mate. You know her answer. Now Lilywolf had become Lilystar and was kept quite busy. They waited to have kits but eventually Wolfsun was born. It was only a matter of time before Shadowstar came crawling back. With his first attack, Lilystar had no idea who he was. Goldenstripe was blinded in and times were hard. Shadowstar was always lurking. Goldenstripe explained his past to Lilystar privately and she learned of the existence of Whitetail. All of this troubled her but he assured her that she was his only love. A Starclan cat healed Goldenstripe's eyes and for awhile, things looked rosey. <br>
    The Rival: Then came the day that Whitetail herself found us. As you can imagine, Lilywolf didn't take this lying down. The shecats became the bitterest of enemies and Lilystar refused to let her join Horseclan. Goldenstripe was also annoyed by her presense. A lot of fights and time passed. Both Goldenstripe and Lilystar told Whitetail repeatedly that they loved only each other. Finally, Whitetail seemed to accept this and ask Lilystar for forgiveness and a friendship. Boy was Goldenstripe shocked when he waltzed into camp and found them talking like old friends. And things stayed that way until Lilystar's prophecy came true and she vanished. <br>
    The Betrayal: When Lilywolf returned, she and Goldenstripe had a happy reunion and things continued as normal. But Whitetail contacted Goldenstripe and thinking Lilywolf was still gone, tried to become his mate. Lilywolf watched as Goldenstripe again turned her down and revealed herself, devastated by her friend's betrayal. Swearing to never be tricked again, Lilywolf resumed her former feelings towards Whitetail. ~ Lilywolf &hearts

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    Flatlands

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    Posted September 29, 2012

    Blackhunt

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