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- Description'The shadowy Gangster Squad was formed in 1946 with eight men operating out of two rusted old Fords. They had office and made arrests -- the idea was to remain invisible. By the time I met Sgt. Jack O'Mara, most of the early members were dead, so I set out to find the survivors.' Based on the hugely popular Los Angeles Times column 'LA Noir: Tales from the Gangster Squad', this is the dark-hearted true story of a group of men cleaning up the mean streets of post-War America. From hundreds of interviews with the original members of the team, Paul Lieberman stitches together the story of Jack O'Mara, his dangerous colleague Jerry Wooters ('the killer cop, that's what they called me') and their anything-goes war with arch-criminal Mickey Cohen and his budding rival Jack 'The Enforcer' Whalen. A tale of stake-outs, shoot-outs and even the famous Black Dahlia murder case, this is ice-cool narrative n-fiction at its best -- and the basis for a huge Warner Brothers film of the same name, starring Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Emma Stone.
- Author BiographyPaul Lieberman is a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard who went on to work for twenty-four years as an editor and writer for the LA Times. He spent a year covering the Los Angeles riots and its aftermath as part of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize. He now lives in Westchester County, New York.
- Author(s)Paul Lieberman
- PublisherPan Macmillan
- Date of Publication30/08/2012
- SubjectTrue Crime
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- First Published2012
- ImprintPan Books
- Out-of-print date04/08/2015
- Content Noteill
- Weight426 g
- Width130 mm
- Height197 mm
- Spine35 mm
- Format DetailsB-format paperback
- Edition StatementNew Edition
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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