Scarface and the Untouchable: Al Capone, Eliot Ness, and the Battle for Chicago

Scarface and the Untouchable: Al Capone, Eliot Ness, and the Battle for Chicago

by Max Allan Collins, A. Brad Schwartz


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A legendary novelist and acclaimed rising historian combine talents in this groundbreaking dual biography of Al Capone, America’s most notorious gangster, and Eliot Ness, the upright Prohibition agent who helped bring him down.

In 1929, thirty-year-old Al Capone was the undisputed king of Chicago, ruling not only the city’s gangland, but by proxy, the city’s corrupt municipal government as well. A criminal who built an empire flouting the despised Prohibition laws, Capone was popular among ordinary Chicagoans. But with the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre, when his henchmen brutally murdered seven bootleggers in a Chicago garage, Capone became "Public Enemy No. 1." Overrun by gang violence, the city was in need of federal intervention—and a new hero. They found him in a young, straight-arrow federal agent named Eliot Ness—a scrupulously honest man in the most crooked city in the country.

A man of unimpeachable integrity eager to uphold the law, the twenty-seven-year-old FBI agent quickly made a name for himself—and an enemy among the local mob—conducting a series of raids and arrests around Chicago. When he was promoted to head the newly formed "Capone Squad"—the legendary band of agents known as The Untouchables—Ness set his sights on catching the biggest fish of them all.

As they tell the interlocking stories of two fascinating American icons, Max Allan Collins and A. Brad Schwartz offer not only a gripping crime read, but a probing examination of 1930s America, and two very different conceptions of the "American Dream."

Scarface and the Untouchable includes a black-and-white photo insert featuring twenty-five images.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062441942
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/14/2018
Pages: 736
Sales rank: 171,829
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author

Max Allan Collins is the author of the Shamus Award-winning Nathan Heller historical thrillers. His other books include the New York Times bestseller Saving Private Ryan and the USA Today bestselling CSI series. His comics writing ranges from the graphic novel Road to Perdition, source of the Tom Hanks film, to long runs as scripter of the Dick Tracy comic strip and his own innovative Ms. Tree. Collins is also a screenwriter and a leading indie filmmaker in his native Iowa, where he lives with his wife, writer Barbara Collins, and their son, Nathan.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Untouchable Truth xi

Map: Organized Crime in 1920s Chicago xxi

Rogues' Gallery xxiii

Prologue: St. Valentine's Day 1

Part 1 Prairie Avenue Boys

1 1895-11920 13

2 1850-1923 29

3 1920-1925 45

4 1925-1926 61

5 1925-1926 73

6 1926-1927 89

7 1927 107

8 Spring-Summer 1928 121

9 Winter 1927-Summer 1928 137

10 August 1928-January-1929 155

Part 2 Citizen Capone

11 January-March 1929 175

12 February-October 1929 193

13 May-October 1929 209

14 December 1929-March 1930 227

15 December 1929-April 1930 243

16 March-June 1930 259

17 June-August 1930 271

18 June-October 1930 289

19 November-December 1930 303

Part 3 On The Spot

20 December 1930-February 1931 317

21 December 1930-February 1931 333

22 February-May 1931 349

23 Spring-Summer 1931 367

24 June-July 1931 385

25 Summer 1931 405

26 October 1931 423

27 October 1931 441

28 Octobr 1931-January 1932 463

29 February-May 1932 483

30 1932-1934 503

Epilogue: The Great American City 529

Acknowledgements: A Tip of the Fedora 551

Note on Sources 557

Abbreviatons 559

Source Notes 565

Bibliography 661

Rogues' Gallery Credits 675

Index 677

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Anonymous 5 months ago
Impressively detailed and learned a lot of new information about two people who will forever be linked with Chicago.