Chicago gangster Ted Newberry says: "He must have done something. They don't kill you for nothing." Ted was rubbed out on January 7, 1933

Arrest of Francis 'Two Gun' Crowley

Meet Kiki

Monday, May 11, 2009

Sometimes fake money can be the root of all evil

Eighty-nine years ago today, New York detectives found the bodies of Joseph and Batiste Vultaggio in the apartment above their Brooklyn grocery store. Both men had been shot to death and it turns out that groceries weren't the only thing the Brothers dealt in. During the subsequent investigation police learned that both Joseph and Baptiste were members of a small time counterfeit ring that made phony 50-cent pieces and they believed that they were killed as a result of a fight over profits. The murder was "solved" when police arrested fellow counterfeiter Vito Grillo at a public bath and proceeded to beat a confession out of him

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Book stuff

Looks like the re-release of Gangster City has been pushed back once again, to July. Haven't heard from the publisher just going by what I saw on Amazon. As I see the light at the end of the tunnel on the Legs Diamond manuscript, and by that, I mean nearing the end of a first draft so have miles to go before I sleep...Any how, as I near the end I am considering self publishing.

My question is, as a reader of gangster books, would you be apprehensive to buy a self published book as opposed to a traditionally published book? Please answer the poll and let me know. Feel free to comment here as well.