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A brotherhood betrayed : the man behind the rise and fall of Murder, Inc., Michael Cannell

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A brotherhood betrayed : the man behind the rise and fall of Murder, Inc.
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A brotherhood betrayed
Title remainder
the man behind the rise and fall of Murder, Inc.
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Michael Cannell
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Man behind the rise and fall of Murder, Inc
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eng
Summary
  • "The riveting true story of the rise and fall of Murder, Inc. and the executioner-turned-informant whose mysterious death became a legendary moment in Mob history. In the fall of 1941, a momentous trial was set to begin that threatened to end the careers and lives of New York's most brutal mob kingpins. The lead witness, Abe Reles, had been a trusted executioner for Murder, Inc., the enforcement arm of a coast-to-coast mob network known as the Syndicate. But the man responsible for coolly silencing hundreds of informants was about to become the most talkative snitch of all. In exchange for police protection, Reles was prepared to rat out his murderous friends, from Albert Anastasia to Bugsy Siegel-until the morning of the trial, when his shattered body was discovered on a rooftop outside his heavily-guarded hotel room. Was it a botched escape, or punishment for betraying the loyalty of the country's most powerful mobsters? Michael Cannell's A Brotherhood Betrayed traces the history of Murder, Inc. through Reles' rise from street punk to murder chieftain to stool pigeon, ending with his face-down death on a Coney Island rooftop. It resurrects a time when crime became organized crime: a world of money and power, depravity and corruption, street corner ambushes and elaborately choreographed hits by wise-cracking foot soldiers in double-breasted suits and zooty fedoras. For a brief moment before World War II took over everything, America fixated on the delicate balance of trust and betrayal on the Brooklyn streets. This is the story of the one man who tipped the balance"--
  • In the fall of 1941, a momentous trial was set to begin that threatened to end the careers and lives of New York's most brutal mob kingpins. The lead witness, Abe Reles, had been a trusted executioner for Murder, Inc., the enforcement arm of a coast-to-coast mob network known as the Syndicate. In exchange for police protection, Reles was prepared to rat out his murderous friends, from Albert Anastasia to Bugsy Siegel-- until the morning of the trial, when his shattered body was discovered on a rooftop outside his heavily-guarded hotel room. Was it a botched escape, or punishment for betraying the loyalty of the country's most powerful mobsters? Cannell traces the history of Murder, Inc. and resurrects a world of money and power, depravity and corruption, street corner ambushes and elaborately choreographed hits by wise-cracking foot soldiers in double-breasted suits and zooty fedoras. -- adapted from jacket
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Cannell, Michael
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  • 364.1092
  • B
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  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
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non fiction
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  • Reles, Abe
  • Mafiosi
  • Assassins
  • Mafia
  • Organized crime
  • Murder
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Reles, Abe
  • Assassins
  • Mafia
  • Mafiosi
  • Murder
  • Organized crime
  • New York (State)
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A brotherhood betrayed : the man behind the rise and fall of Murder, Inc., Michael Cannell
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Prologue: "Something has happened" -- The rise. Schlammers ; Babylon Brooklyn ; The Commission ; Murder for money -- The downfall. Twenty against the underworld ; Lepke ; Bill-O ; The wedge ; Long song ; Mr. Arsenic ; The dance hall ; Half Moon Hotel ; Kid Twist's ghost -- Addendum
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on1156445490
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
326 pages, 8 unnumbered leaves of plates
Isbn
9781250204387
Lccn
2020017246
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
A brotherhood betrayed : the man behind the rise and fall of Murder, Inc., Michael Cannell
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Prologue: "Something has happened" -- The rise. Schlammers ; Babylon Brooklyn ; The Commission ; Murder for money -- The downfall. Twenty against the underworld ; Lepke ; Bill-O ; The wedge ; Long song ; Mr. Arsenic ; The dance hall ; Half Moon Hotel ; Kid Twist's ghost -- Addendum
Control code
on1156445490
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
326 pages, 8 unnumbered leaves of plates
Isbn
9781250204387
Lccn
2020017246
Other physical details
illustrations

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