New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2012
549 p.,  p. of plates : ill. ; 22 cm ISBN/ISSN:
9781250020154, 1250020158, 1250020158 :, Language:
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Set in post-war Los Angeles, this new nonfiction book reads like historical fiction. Lieberman has an easy-going narrative style that keeps his recounting moving fluidly.
Mickey Cohen was the major mob boss in L.A. in 1946. A certain captain in the LAPD realized that the only way to bring Cohen down was to work outside the law. It was the old adage of fighting-fire-with-fire. Sgt. Jack O'Mara was selected to lead a team of detectives that would be the firefighters that were to put out Cohen's flames. This book is the historic account.
Lieberman's book rights were purchased by Hollywood and a major motion-picture was released last month starring Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin.
If L.A. Confidential was to your liking, this book will not displease.
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