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The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight

(1969)
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It was a big bestseller when it was originally published in 1969. It became a major motion picture that provided Robert DeNiro with his first film role. Its title has entered into the language as a catch phrase. And it's terrific fun!

The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight is the story of Papa Baccala, a Brooklyn Mafia boss, and Kid Sally Palumbo, a would-be capo who "couldn't run a gas station at a profit even if he stole the customers' cars". There's also Kid Sally's grandmother, who will go to extravagant lengths to see her boy make his mark. A love interest? Sure. Kid Sally's sister tumbles for an artistic type who rides a bicycle and has recently arrived from Calabria...

The high adventure begins with a six-day bike race that is only partly responsible for a rash of obituary notices reading: "Died. Suddenly". Eventually it all gets worked out in fine Sicilian fashion -- and, in the end, everybody gets his, in a manner of speaking.

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Hardback Editions

November 1969 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight
Author(s): Jimmy Breslin
ISBN: 0-670-33396-4 / 978-0-670-33396-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: The Viking Press
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May 1970 : UK Hardback
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Title: Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight
Author(s): Jimmy Breslin
ISBN: 0-09-102080-8 / 978-0-09-102080-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hutchinson
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Paperback Editions

March 2001 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight
Author(s): Jimmy Breslin
ISBN: 0-7838-9391-4 / 978-0-7838-9391-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: G K Hall & Co
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


September 1997 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight: A Novel
Author(s): Jimmy Breslin
ISBN: 0-316-11174-0 / 978-0-316-11174-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Back Bay Books
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September 1987 : UK Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight
Author(s): Jimmy Breslin
ISBN: 0-14-010308-2 / 978-0-14-010308-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Select Penguin
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January 1972 : UK Paperback
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Title: The gang that couldn't shoot straight
Author(s): Jimmy Breslin
ISBN: 0-09-004850-4 / 978-0-09-004850-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA