The Confessions of Al Capone

Loren D. Estleman

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Multiple award-winner Loren D. Estleman has produced a major biographical novel on the infamous Mobster known as Scarface, rigorously researched and deftly nuanced to offer an intimate portrait of the gangster whose terrible crimes and larger-than-life persona have both fascinated and appalled the world for nearly a century; whose legacy is still widely debated; and whose brutally ambitious career in the Mafia continues to inspire filmmakers and writers to plumb its excesses and its contradictions.

In 1944, after Al Capone has been released from prison, J. Edgar Hoover assigns an FBI junior agent to insinuate himself into Capone's life and gain his trust so that Hoover can nail as many of Capone's Mob confederates as possible. Capone, suffering from the neurological effects of syphilis, is alternately lucid, full of the passion and energy that fueled his rise to the pinnacle of American crime…and rambling or ranting, the broken shell of a man released from prison so he could die at home with his family.

With the superb narrative gifts honed in dozens of novels, Estleman has captured the essence of this American icon as never before. With subtly nuanced portrayals of those in Capone’s circle—his underrated wife Mae Capone, members of the Chicago Outfit including the deadly Frank Nitti—as well as his nemesis, J. Edgar Hoover, Hoover’s secretary Helen Gandy and others, The Confessions of Al Capone is a major literary achievement.

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An invitation to the director’s office always meant termination. Even a man without faith could depend on that.
It was waiting for him on his desk, in a large brown interoffice envelope tied with red string, neatly typed in elite characters on the same undersize stationery the Director had used to congratulate the men who killed Dillinger:
Peter Vasco
Division Four
Records and Communications
Dear Mr. Vasco:
The Director would appreciate your presence at the SOG at 1400 hours this date.
(signed)
Helen W.

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“This is a book that  took courage as well as talent to write. Loren Estleman has managed a literary miracle, a story full of surprising discoveries and often deep emotion.” 
—Thomas Fleming, New York Times bestselling author

“Remarkable research, rich storytelling and a rapid, riveting pace make The Confessions of Al Capone one of this year's most stimulating and exciting reads.  Hits with the force of a burst from a tommy gun.”
—Ralph Peters, New York Times bestselling author of Cain at Gettysburg


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Loren D. Estleman

LOREN D. ESTLEMAN has written seventy books—historical novels, mysteries, and westerns. Winner of four Shamus Awards, five Spur Awards, and three Western Heritage Awards, he lives in Central Michigan with his wife, author Deborah Morgan.

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The Confessions of Al Capone
Loren D. Estleman

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Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
June 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429943253
ISBN10: 1429943254
416 pages
$14.99

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Hardcover
Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
June 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780765331199
ISBN10: 0765331195
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 416 pages
$27.99
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