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The Big Crowd

The Big Crowd

(2013)
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From "the lit world's sharpest chronicler of New York's past" (Rolling Stone), a novel of two Irish brothers who travel from the gangland waterfront to the halls of power

Based on one of the great unsolved murders in mob history, and the rise-and-fall of a real-life hero, The Big Crowd tells the sweeping story of Charlie O'Kane. He is the American dream come to life, a poor Irish immigrant who worked his way up from beat cop to mayor of New York at the city's dazzling, post-war zenith. Famous, powerful, and married to a glamorous fashion model, he is looked up to by millions, including his younger brother, Tom. So when Charlie is accused of abetting a shocking mob murder, Tom sets out to clear his brother's name while hiding a secret of his own.

The charges against Charlie stem from his days as a crusading Brooklyn DA, when he sent the notorious killers of Murder, Inc., to the chair - only to let a vital witness go flying out a window while under police guard. Now, out of office, Charlie lives in a shoddy, Mexico City tourist hotel, eaten up with regrets and afraid he will be indicted for murder if he returns to the U.S. To uncover what really happened, Tom must confront stunning truths about his brother, himself, and the secret workings of the great city he loves.

Moving from the Brooklyn waterfront to city hall, from the battlefields of World War II to the beaches of Acapulco, to the glamorous nightclubs of postwar New York, The Big Crowd is filled with historical powerbrokers and gangsters, celebrities and socialites, scheming cardinals and battling, dockside priests. But ultimately it is a brilliantly imagined, distinctly American story of the bonds and betrayals of brotherhood.

 
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Hardback Editions

September 2013 : USA Hardback
Title: The Big Crowd
Author(s): Kevin Baker
ISBN: 0-618-85990-X / 978-0-618-85990-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

September 2014 : USA Paperback
Title: The Big Crowd
Author(s): Kevin Baker
ISBN: 0-544-33456-6 / 978-0-544-33456-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mariner Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

September 2013 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Big Crowd
Author(s): Kevin Baker
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   

2013 : USA Audio CD
Title: The Big Crowd
Author(s): Kevin Baker
ISBN: 1-4703-7132-4 / 978-1-4703-7132-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

September 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Big Crowd
Author(s): Kevin Baker
Publisher: Mariner Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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