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Book 4 of Hugo Marston. Trade Paperback. Price may vary by retailer. It's seared into Atlee Pine's memory: the kidnapper's chilling rhyme as he chose between six-year-old Atlee and her twin sister, Mercy. Mercy was taken. Atlee was spared. She never saw Mercy again. She's the lone agent assigned to the Shattered Rock, Arizona resident agency, which is responsible for protecting the Grand Canyon. So when one of the Grand Canyon's mules is found stabbed to death at the bottom of the canyon - and its rider missing - Pine is called in to investigate.
With few good options, Guidry hits the road to Las Vegas, to see an old associate - a dangerous man who hates Marcello enough to help Guidry vanish. Pete Banning was Clanton's favorite son, a returning war hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, a father, a neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning in , he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell. Someone is stalking the UCLA Medical Center - a depraved madman who is preying upon the staff, particularly those who are young and female.
No stranger to the terrible ravages of senseless violence, E. Chief Dr. David Spier must keep the emergency room running smoothly and efficiently, even as his terrified co-workers wonder who will be the next victim. But when the monster himself is dragged into the E. It has only just begun. While driving along a suburban back road, Hilary Blum, who's just lost her job and whose deadbeat husband has left her alone to care for her son with Asperger's, witnesses a freakish accident.
A car ahead of her careens down a hill and slams into a tree. Stopping to help, she discovers the driver dead - and a satchel stuffed with a half a million dollars. Following up The One Man and The Saboteur , Andrew Gross's next historical thriller audiobook brings to life the dramatic birth of organized crime in s New York City from the tale of one family. After a string of New York Times best-selling suburban thrillers, Andrew Gross has reinvented himself as a writer of historical thrillers. In his latest audiobook, Button Man , he delivers a stirring story of a Jewish family brought together in the dawn of the women's garment business and torn apart by the birth of organized crime in New York City in the s.
Morris, Sol, and Harry Rabishevsky grew up poor and rough in a tiny flat on the Lower East Side, until the death of their father thrust them into having to fend for themselves and support their large family. Morris, the youngest, dropped out of school at 12 years old and apprenticed himself to a garment cutter in a clothing factory; Sol headed to accounting school; but Harry, scarred by a family tragedy, fell in with a gang of thugs as a teenager.
Morris steadily climbs through the ranks at the factory until at 21 he finally goes out on his own, convincing Sol to come work with him. But Harry can't be lured away from the glamour, the power, and the money that come from his association with Louis Buchalter, whom Morris has battled with since his youth and who has risen to become the most ruthless mobster in New York.
And when Buchalter sets his sights on the unions that staff the garment makers' factories, a fatal showdown is inevitable, pitting brother against brother. This new audiobook is equal parts historical thriller, rich with the detail of a vibrant New York City in the s and s, and family saga, based on Andrew Gross's own family story and on the history of the era, complete with appearances by real-life characters like mobsters Louis Lepke and Dutch Schultz and special prosecutor Thomas Dewey, and cements Gross's reputation as today's most atmospheric and original historical thriller writer.
He captures the rich details of the era while engaging listeners with the story's relatable family dynamics. This book takes place in Manhattan in the early 's.
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The setting is the garment district. This is a time of major growth in NYC but also a time of major violence and corruption. This story has three main characters. They are Sol, Harry and Morris Rabishevsky.
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Morris being the foremost protagonist. For the sake of business they shorten the name to Raab. After their father dies Morris drops out of school at the age of 12 years old become an apprentice to a cutter in the garment industry. By the age of 20 he's practically running the show. When the business owner passes away Morris decides to open his own business. He brings his brother Sol in but his other brother Harry is running with thugs.
These people are Jewish men who are working hand in hand with the Italian mafia.
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They call themselves Murder, Inc. Meanwhile, the mob has gotten their hands into union workers. They collect the union fees but don't actually help the workers as promised. They pressure and intimidate business owners to sign up their workers but the few that refuse are bullied, threatened and eventually either maimed or murdered. Morris continues to refuse and eventually convinces his brother Harry to join the firm. Following a gasoline arson in his warehouse he's pressured into joining forces with Thomas Dewey, a District Attorney who needs Raab's help to expose and bring down the organized crime tormenting NYC businesses.
But helping the DA could cost Morris everything he's worked his life for. If you found this review helpful please indicate so. Thank You. I've read or listened to several of Andrew's novels, the best of which prior to this one was The One Man. And while the Saboteur was based on real events, this book had a much more 'real' feel to it. The struggles in life that people go through, from big to small, internal and external, are what shape them and their lives.
The narration was perfect and the characters were tremendous. The story and the ending were as good as one could hope for when reading such a book. I thought it was fantastic. I loved everything about this book.
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I loved the plot, the time-period, the characters, and I really loved the narration. Edoardo Ballerini's performance was wonderful! I couldn't get enough of this story! I got through it within a few days and didn't want it to end. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is a fan of the tv series Boardwalk Empire or The Sopranos; fans of the podcast "Mafia" if you've never listened - check it out!!
It's a beautiful story with compelling characters.
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