book is a fictionalized account of the life of Owen Madden, often
referred to as the Irish Godfather.
At age ten, Madden
joined the Irish gang, the Gophers. Owen told his mother that
he wanted to be a Gopher because gangsters don't have to work for a
living. Monk Eastman, a Jewish gang leader, taught Owen the
business. Owen got involved with bootlegging during the
Prohibition. Owen also got involved in show business and
became the founder of the Cotton Club. This book traces Owen's
life from a young boy to the big time in New York.
This is Michael Walsh's third novel. He does an
excellent job of blending his years of research with fiction to
create this memoir of Owen Madden. The book is one that
everyone will enjoy reading. If you enjoy gangster type
novels or television show personalities like Elliott Ness, you will
really want to run out and buy this book!
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