Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Just in time for the 96th anniversary of his murder (October 5, 1912) the long anticipated biography of Big Jack Zelig is on the market. If, like me, you always yearned to know more about the the pre-prohibition era gangsters like, Monk Eastman, Kid Twist, Zel and the Boys of the Avenue you are in for a treat. I had the extreme pleasure of writing the foreward for the book so can attest to the fact that this tome is chockful of new information and not a simple rehash of other books. Also because of Rose Keefe's writing ability the narrative flows fast and the book doesn't read like a stale college doctorite. Anyone interested in that era of gangland, the Rosenthal-Becker affair or simply a great read can't go wrong with this book.