Gangster Nation: A Novel

Gangster Nation: A Novel

by Tod Goldberg


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Gangster Nation: A Novel by Tod Goldberg

"Sal Cupertine is back—and better than ever. I love this guy." —Lee Child

"Gangster Nation is a razor. It will slice you open and reveal your insides. And like the best of Tod Goldberg's work, it'll show you everything you are at your core." —Brad Meltzer, New York Times bestselling author of The President's Shadow

It's been two years since the events of Gangsterland , when legendary Chicago hitman Sal Cupertine disappeared into the guise of Vegas Rabbi David Cohen. It’s September of 2001 and for David, everything is coming up gold: Temple membership is on the rise, the new private school is raking it in, and the mortuary and cemetery—where Cohen has been laundering bodies for the mob—is minting cash. But Sal wants out. He’s got money stashed in safe-deposit boxes all over the city. He’s looking at places to escape to, Mexico or maybe Argentina. He only needs to make it through the High Holidays, and he’ll have enough money to slip away, grab his wife and kid, and start fresh.

Across the country, former FBI agent Matthew Drew is now running security for an Indian Casino outside of Milwaukee, spending his off-time stalking members of The Family, looking for vengeance for the murder of his former partner. So when Sal’s cousin stumbles into the casino one night, Matthew takes the law into his own hands—again—touching off a series of events that will have Rabbi Cohen running for his life, trapped in Las Vegas, with the law, society, and the post-9/11 world closing in around him.

Gangster Nation is a thrilling follow-up to Gangsterland , an unexpected, page-turning examination of the seedy foundations of American life. With the wit and gritty glamor that defines his writing, Goldberg traces how the things we most value in our lives—home, health, even our spiritual lives—have been built on the enterprises of criminals.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640091061
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 09/11/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 634,830
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

TOD GOLDBERG is the author of more than a dozen books, including Gangsterland , a finalist for the Hammett Prize; The House of Secrets , which he coauthored with Brad Meltzer; and the crime-tinged novels Living Dead Girl , a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Fake Liar Cheat , plus five novels in the popular Burn Notice series. He is also the author of the story collection Simplify , a 2006 finalist for the SCIBA Award for Fiction and winner of the Other Voices Short Story Collection Prize, and Other Resort Cities. His essays, journalism, and criticism have appeared in many publications, including the Los Angeles Times , The Wall Street Journal , Los Angeles Review of Books , Las Vegas Weekly , and Best American Essays , among many others, and have won five Nevada Press Association Awards. He lives in Indio, California, where he directs the Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts at the University of California, Riverside.

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Gangster Nation 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
DS0 More than 1 year ago
Great novel. One of the best crime fiction writers around today!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GANGSTERNATION by Todd Goldberg is every bit as funny as GANGSTERLAND the initial entry into this Las Vegas- Chicago Mob tale of comic woe and laughs. Sal Cupertine is a deposed hit man. He has been relocated to Las Vegas, and is a Rabbi. And such a Rabbi. Quoting the Torah and the Talmud, all the while calculating how he can escape his new identity, reclaim his wife and child, and get out once and for all. Unfortunately, the mob bosses back in Chicago have other ideas, as does a dedicated ex-F.B.I. agent who wants revenge for his murdered partner and a few other dead agents. Goldberg has written a funny, unique and sometimes poignant novel of mistake, regret, and faith. GANGSTERNATION is violent, unpredictable, and wonderful. Read it if you know what is good for you.