New York, 1931. The manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited by law, but behind this prohibition, organized crime flourishes-so, too, do bank robbers, bootleggers, assassins, and homunculi. Some want money, some are chasing the secret to immortality, and others just want to have a really good time. You know what they say, though: You can't always get what you want.
About the Author
Katsumi Enami is the illustrator for the light novel series Baccano!
Ryohgo Narita is the author of a number of successful novel series, including the original "Durarara!!" books. His earlier series, "Baccano!" was honored with the Gold Prize at the 9th Dengeki Novel Awards.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Baccano is the story about Firo Prochaineoz in his journey to becoming an official member of his adoptive families mafia. Or is it about an alchemist discovering the secret to eternal life? Or is it a love story between a human-created lifeform and the previously mentioned Firo? Or is it about the rag-tag team of over-the-top thieves trying to steal the most "important" things in America? Or is it about 3 brother criminals reconnecting with their outcast step-brother, who keeps trying to ruin everything? Or is it about a cop trying to do justice trying to figure out who killed their suspect? Or is it about an old man who just wants out of the crime business and to live a peaceful life? Yes, and No, in 1 book is about every crime story imaginable, not even including the others in the series, while at the same time not really being a 'crime' story. Specifically, it is about people, people who in some way want to live their life peacefully, but can't do that without getting low and dirty. The human-interaction is some of the best I've ever seen, topped only by Monogatari by NISIOISIN Durarara!! by the Ryogo Narita and East of Eden by John Steinbeck. Ryoga Narita's writing is perfect for this Pulp Fiction style story of constantly switching perspectives, these books literally have no chapters just a bunch of scene breaks. Only scene breaks for 200 pages, can you imagine? Now, this whole plan may seem cluttered, hectic, rushed, but let me assure you that Narita is a master of not only self-deprecation (see the openings to every Baccano novel) but also story-telling. Every scene break leaves at the perfect time so that you can switch over to the next plotline while still leaving you in suspense for what happens next in this one. And to top everything off we have neat little pictures, every now and then to break up all these dumb words.