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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (249 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: W. Bruce Cameron, Paul Lieberman Narrator: George K. Wilson, Robert Petkoff Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A harrowing, edge-of-your-seat narrative of murder and secrets, revenge and heroism in the City of Angels—the real events behind the blockbuster Warner Brothers film starring Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.

GANGSTER SQUAD chronicles the true story of the secretive police unit that waged an anything-goes war to drive Mickey Cohen and other hoodlums from Los Angeles after WWII. In 1946, the LAPD launched the Gangster Squad with eight men who met covertly on street corners and slept with Tommy guns under their beds. But for two cops, all that mattered was nailing the strutting gangster Mickey Cohen. Sgt. Jack O'Mara was a square-jawed church usher, Sgt. Jerry Wooters a cynical maverick. About all they had in common was their obsession. So O'Mara set a trap to prove Mickey was a killer. And Wooters formed an alliance with Mickey's budding rival, Jack "The Enforcer" Whalen. Two cops -- two hoodlums. Their fates collided in the closing days of the 1950s, when late one night "The Enforcer" confronted Mickey and his crew. The aftermath would shake both LA's mob and police department, and signal the end of a defining era in the city's history.

In 2008, award-winning journalist Paul Lieberman's seven-part Los Angeles Times series "Tales from the Gangster Squad" was optioned by Warner Bros. He spent over a decade tracking down surviving members of the real police unit as well as families and associates of the mobsters they pursued. GANGSTER SQUAD is a tour-de-force narrative reminiscient of LA Confidential.

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  • Robert Petkoff's young, assertive tone propels these real-life stories, and he has a knack for characterizing the blunt-talking cops as well as the streetwise gangsters AudioFile Magazine

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Marisa | 1/27/2014

    " The narrative is interesting enough, and it's easy to see why a punched-up version of the story made it to the big screen. However, the book is so riddled with typos, weird punctuation, and awkward phrasing that I spent most of my reading time wondering how Lieberman, a journalist/editor, and whatever editors read the manuscript on its way to print let so many errors through to the final product. The problems were so consistently distracting that I was never fully engaged in the story, and as a result, I did not enjoy the book as much as I had hoped to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Shannon Burrows | 1/27/2014

    " Should make for a good movie. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Dan | 1/18/2014

    " Surprisingly dull given the subject matter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jonathan Davison | 1/15/2014

    " It is a great true life gangster novel about a secret group of police officers trying to bring down a mob boss named Mickey Cohen in the 1940's to 1950's. He was brought down by tax evasion just like Al 'Scarface' Capone. "

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