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BOOK REVIEW: BLACK HATS
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Can you imagine Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson on one side and Al Capone on the other? That is exactly what happens in this exhilarating novel by Patrick Culhane.
Wyatt Earp is now seventy and works as a private detective in Los Angeles. Wyatt is bored but not for long. Kate Elder, the widow of his friend Doc Holliday, asks for his help. Her son, Johnny, has opened a speakeasy in New York and is having some problems with local gangsters - one of them is Al Capone.
Kate admitted that she did not tell Johnny that Doc Holliday was his father. She finally changed her mind and told Johnny because she did not want him to end up like his real father.
Wyatt agrees to help Kate but decided he needed some assistance so he called his friend, Bat Masterson, to help him discover the underworld of the New York mafia. These two soon find themselves in very deep.
What happens when Earp meets face-to-face with Al Capone? Does he manage to make it out alive?
Black Hats is a well-written book. You will be amazed how Patrick Culhane adds fact and fiction together to come up with this fascinating read. It is always interesting when an author blends fact and fiction and does it in such a way that the reader feels like they are reading nothing but facts. This is one of those great "bad guys against the good guys" novels. Be sure to add this one to your reading list. You will thoroughly enjoy this novel.
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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