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White Shadow

by Ace Atkins

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White Shadow is by the Alabama native Ace Atkins. (Atkins now lives in Oxford, Mississippi) This is a fictionalized account of a Mafia murder in Tampa, Florida in 1955. Atkins discovered the story while he was a reporter at the Tampa Tribune. The stories he wrote about this murder and other organized crime murders that happened in the 1950's garnered him a Pulitzer Prize nomination. The guy can write, but the style of this novel was a bit convoluted for me. That may have been because I listened to it instead of reading it, so it took me some time to discover that the narrator was not one of the major characters of the story. Overall, this was a workman like entry in the Detective Noir genre. ( )
  benitastrnad | Feb 27, 2016 |
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Tampa, Florida, 1955: a city pulsing with Sicilian and Cuban gangsters, cigar factories, sweet rum, and violence. The bludgeoning death of retired kingpin Charlie Wall shocks the city and sends cops and reporters and associates scrambling to discover the truth. When the old White Shadow ruled the city, plenty of his enemies tried-and failed-to kill him. Many are left wondering about the final hand of the old bootlegger and gambler. As the trail winds through neighborhoods rich and poor, enmeshing the innocent and corrupt alike all the way down to the streets and casinos of Havana, an extraordinary story of revenge, honor, and greed emerges. For Charlie Wall had his secrets, and he guarded them well. And those secrets could destroy a criminal empire and ignite a revolution.

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"Tampa, Florida, 1955: a city pulsing with Sicilian and Cuban gangsters, cigar factories, sweet rum, and violence. The bludgeoning death of retired kingpin Charlie Wall shocks the city and sends cops and reporters and associates scrambling to discover the truth. When the old White Shadow ruled the city, plenty of his enemies tried - and failed - to kill him. Now many are left wondering about the final hand of the old bootlegger and gambler. As the trail winds through neighborhoods rich and poor, enmeshing the innocent and corrupt alike all the way down to the streets and casinos of Havana, an extraordinary story of revenge, honor, and greed emerges. For Charlie Wall had his secrets, and he guarded them well. And those secrets could destroy a criminal empire and ignite a revolution."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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