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  1. A direct descendant of W. R. Burnett's Little Caesar (1929), Ed McBain's Big Man tells the story of Frankie Taglio, a young man in New York who falls in with the wrong crowd (or right crowd, depending on your point of view) and soon finds himself a career mobster. Frankie's rise through the mob hierarchy is somewhat difficult to explain: There are strangely few gangsters between him and the top, and Frankie doesn't seem to have much going for him other than a bit of intelligence and the willingn [...]

  2. A 1959 pulp novel (originally published under the pseudonym Richard Marsten) about organized crime in NYC that holds up remarkably well. The protagonist and narrator, Frankie Taglio, is a small-time criminal (if that) when the novel opens. One summer night, his friend Jobbo talks him into ripping off unsecured goods from people's cars. After stealing a .45 they have an encounter with the police, and Frankie makes a desperate decision to shoot the two cops, which inadvertently establishes his und [...]

  3. A solid little McBain crime thriller. Short, sweet and full of the hard boiled prose you'd expect out of a book from this era. If you like McBain you'll like this.

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