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The Confessions of Al Capone

The Confessions of Al Capone

A Novel

Loren D. Estleman

Forge Books


1944: Al Capone is living with his family in Florida and suffering from advanced syphilis. J. Edgar Hoover orders FBI agent Peter Vasco to pose as a priest and get close to the infamous American gangster, so he can obtain information that might help the Bureau nab members of Capone's Chicago Outfit. Vasco and Capone bond over card games, lunches, and even a trip to Wisconsin, and Capone spills secrets that expose in vivid detail this monster who was the most iconic figure in twentieth-century crime.

What emerges is a fascinating, compelling portrait of Capone—a man who would stop at nothing to take what he wanted, but who also fed the poor of Chicago; who rose to the top of Chicago on a tide of bootleg beer and booze but took the time to ensure that innocent victims of mob violence got proper medical care. This is Al Capone as he's never been seen before, a ruthless crime lord who trafficked in death and corruption…as well as a man of refined tastes who loved his family.

Loren D. Estleman's The Confessions of Al Capone is a rigorously researched historical thriller, with sharp and subtly nuanced portrayals of Capone, his family, members of the Chicago outfit, J. Edgar Hoover, and even Ernest Hemingway in a riveting story that truly exposes the real man behind Capone's iconic, scarred visage.


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...

Praise for The Confessions of Al Capone

“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, including The Confessions of Al Capone, Ragtime Cowboys and You Know Who Killed Me. Winner of four Shamus Awards, five Spur Awards and three Western Heritage Awards, he lives in Central Michigan.

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Forge Books

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