Scarface and the Untouchable

Scarface and the Untouchable

Al Capone, Eliot Ness, and the Battle for Chicago

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"A THRILLING MAGNUM OPUS ON AMERICA'S GREAT CRIME EPIC. A Mystery Writers of America "Grand Master"--author of the gangster classic Road to Perdition, long-time Dick Tracy writer, and multiple Shamus Award winner--teams with an acclaimed rising young historian, in this riveting, myth-shattering dual portrait of Al Capone, America's most notorious gangster, and Eliot Ness, the legendary Prohibition agent whose extraordinary investigative work crippled his organization. Written with novelistic pacing and underpinned by groundbreaking research, Max Allan Collins and A. Brad Schwartz's Scarface and the Untouchable delivers--at last--the definitive account of the "Battle for Chicago," the iconic struggle between the mythic yet real combatants who have captivated the world for 90 years"-- Provided by publisher.
A riveting, myth-shattering dual portrait of Al Capone, America's most notorious gangster, and Eliot Ness, the legendary Prohibition agent whose extraordinary investigative work crippled his organization. Written with novelistic pacing and underpinned by groundbreaking research, Collins and Schwartz deliver the definitive account of the iconic struggle between the mythic yet real combatants who have captivated the world for 90 years. -- adapted from publisher info
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
Edition: First Edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062441966
0062441965
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xix, 699 pages) : illustrations, map.

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Editorial Reviews - About the Author
Max Allan Collins is the recipient of a 2017 Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award. He's earned 15 Shamus nominations from Private Eye Writers of America, winning twice for his Nathan Heller novels True Detective and Stolen Away. His graphic novel Road to Perdition was the basis of the Academy Award-winning film of the same name starring Tom Hanks, and his CSI books frequently appeared on the USA Today and New York Times bestsellers list.
A. Brad Schwartz cowrote an episode of the award-winning PBS series American Experience on the War of the Worlds broadcast, based in part on research for his senior thesis at the University of Michigan. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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A legendary novelist and acclaimed rising historian combine talents in this groundbreaking dual biography of Al Capone, America's most notorious gangster, and Eliot Ness, the upright Prohibition agent who helped bring him down.
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In 1929, thirty-year-old Al Capone was the undisputed king of Chicago, ruling not only the city's gangland, but by proxy, the city's corrupt municipal government as well. A criminal who built an empire flouting the despised Prohibition laws, Capone was popular among ordinary Chicagoans. But with the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre, when his henchmen brutally murdered seven bootleggers in a Chicago garage, Capone became ""Public Enemy No. 1."" Overrun by gang violence, the city was in need of federal intervention--and a new hero. They found him in a young, straight-arrow federal agent named Eliot Ness--a scrupulously honest man in the most crooked city in the country.

A man of unimpeachable integrity eager to uphold the law, the twenty-seven-year-old FBI agent quickly made a name for himself--and an enemy among the local mob--conducting a series of raids and arrests around Chicago. When he was promoted to head the newly formed ""Capone Squad""--the legendary band of agents known as the Untouchables--Ness set his sights on catching the biggest fish of them all.

As they tell the interlocking stories of two fascinating American icons, Max Allan Collins and A. Brad Schwartz offer not only a gripping crime read, but a probing examination of 1930s America, and two very different conceptions of the ""American Dream.""

Scarface and the Untouchable includes a black-and-white photo insert featuring twenty-five images.

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