Multiple award–winner Loren D. Estleman has produced a major
biographical novel on Scarface, rigorously researched and deftly nuanced to
offer an intimate portrait of the man whose terrible crimes and
larger-than-life persona have both fascinated and appalled the world for nearly
a century; whose legacy is still widely debated; and whose brutally ambitious
career continues to inspire filmmakers and writers to plumb its excesses and
In 1944, after Al Capone has been released from prison, J.
Edgar Hoover assigns an FBI junior agent to insinuate himself into Capone’s
life and gain his trust so that Hoover can nail as many of Capone’s
confederates as possible. Capone, suffering from the neurological effects of
syphilis, is alternately lucid, full of the passion and energy that fueled his
rise to the pinnacle of American crime … and rambling or ranting, the broken
shell of a man released from prison so he could die at home with his family.
With the superb narrative gifts honed in dozens of novels,
Estleman has captured the essence of this American icon as never before. With
subtly nuanced portrayals of those in Capone’s circle—his underrated wife Mae
Capone, members of the Chicago Outfit including the deadly Frank Nitti—as well
as his nemesis, J. Edgar Hoover, Hoover’s secretary Helen Gandy, and others, The Confessions of Al Capone is a major
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