American Gangster

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Tom Doherty Associates, Oct 2, 2007 - Fiction - 304 pages
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The novelization of the major motion picture from Universal Pictures about Frank Lucas, drug czar of Harlem. The film stars Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, and is directed by Ridley Scott.


For decades the Mafia controlled the flow of heroin onto the streets of Harlem. Frank Lucas changed all that. Born in rural North Carolina, he came to New York and rose to power under notorious mobster Bumpy Johnson. When Bumpy died, Frank moved to take over the drug business. Caught in a squeeze play between the Mafia and the street dealers, Frank got creative. Instead of being a tool of the mob, he went straight to the source—Cambodia—and set up his own unique distribution system.

Using his brothers as his lieutenants and selling "quality" heroin in trademark blue plastic bags, Frank Lucas and his "Country Boys" became the kings of One Hundred Twenty-Fifth Street. Frank had it made. He was rich, successful, and untouchable. . . .

. . . until Richie Roberts came along. Roberts, the Eliot Ness of drug enforcement, became a pariah among other detectives in the NYPD when he turned in the million dollars in cash he found in the trunk of a dealer's car. His personal life was a mess—his wife left him, and his son hardly knew him anymore—but on the job, Roberts was all business, and his business, heading up a Federal Narcotics Squad, was busting big-time dealers. His next target? Frank Lucas.

This violent, action-filled chronicle of a uniquely American family.is based on Ridley Scott's film, itself based on a New York magazine profile, "The Return of Superfly" by Mark Jacobson.



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A good read and I give accolades to the writer. As always even the Sopranos had a decent side to their lives there were many facets to the personality of this gangster! Read full review

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Contents

Chapter 1 Tru Blue
1
Chapter 2 Could Be Fatal
13
Chapter 3 Tasters Choice
26
Chapter 4 Past Due
41
Chapter 5 Ding Dong
49
Chapter 6 Dick Down
61
Chapter 7 Payback
73
Chapter 8 OD
77
Chapter 16 Capone
160
Chapter 17 Swear to God
167
Chapter 18 Praise Praise Praise
178
Chapter 19 Harlem Hijack
189
Chapter 20 Insured for Life
199
Chapter 21 Revenge
211
Chapter 22 Rush
225
Chapter 23 Red Tape
236

Chapter 9 Cant Get Enough of That Funky Stuff
89
Chapter 10 Kill Kill Kill
98
Chapter 11 Nice to Be Nice
104
Chapter 12 The Judge
113
Chapter 13 Mean Machine
120
Chapter 14 Cooley High
134
Chapter 15 Boody
146
Chapter 24 Insured for Death
252
Chapter 25 Tragic Magic
260
Chapter 26 Official Correct
271
Chapter 27 Joint
282
A Tip of The Feathered Fedora
287
About The Author
289
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Max Allan Collins has been chosen as the 2017 Grand Master by Mystery Writers of America (MWA). He is the New York Times bestselling author of the graphic novel The Road to Perdition on which the film was based, has written dozens of novels, including his Nate Heller detective series. Collins wrote also has written the graphic-novel sequel, The Road to Paradise. For some years he wrote the Dick Tracy comic strip. An independent filmmaker, Collins lives in Eastern Iowa.

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