(Father’s Day Gift Guide)- For the History and True Crime Lover: The Black Hand: The Epic War Between a Brilliant Detective and the Deadliest Secret Society in American History by Stephan Talty (5 out of 5) 

In the 1900’s, a crime wave in New York City touched off panic in the boroughs and across the United States. Children were kidnapped and held for ransom, bombs were detonated, and thousands of letters bearing skull and crossbones, crudely drawn coffins, and three black crosses. The mark of The Black Hand, an infamous criminal outfit that dealt in kidnapping children, extortuon, assassination, and bombings. The only hope to stopping this lay in the hands of the head of “The Italian Squad”, Joseph Petrosino, also nicknamed “The Italian Sherlock Holmes”. He dedicates his life to ridding the streets of the vermin associated with those carrying out the law of The Black Hand. The situation grows more dire as the crimes grow more bizarre and stretch beyond the state of New York. Petrosino and his squad face daunting tasks as the nefarious activities of the Black Hand threaten the already shaken tendrils of the immigrant population, and his mission takes Petrosino all the way to Sicily, to a crescendo that shakes and shapes the foundations of the Mafia as we knew it at the start. And Petrosino? Everyone should know Joseph Petrosino. Hopefully, after reading this book, he’s someone everyone will know. The history and true crime buff in your life will love this story. My knowledge of The Black Hand used to just be my nickname during poker games; now it’s gone way beyond that. An enthralling read that will keep you hooked all the way to the end; Talty knows how to tell one hell of a story. 

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~ by generationgbooks on May 14, 2017.

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