RaveUSA TodayA book that can whisk you away to another world – even the Mob underworld – has pronounced value in apocalyptic times marked by a global pandemic, unprecedented wildfires and menacing hurricanes. Author Michael Cannell provides just such an escapist passport in his riveting true-crime gangster tale, A Brotherhood Betrayed: The Man Behind the Rise and Fall of Murder, Inc. ... What Cannell brings to this lurid banquet of a story is meticulous research and writing flair ... What Cannell has frozen in sparkling amber is a New York, and indeed a nation, from a century ago. It’s a fascinating and punishing place worth visiting from the comforts of a self-quarantined reading nook, if in part to distract us from the assaults of 2020.
PositiveUSA Today\"If there is a criticism about McNamara’s otherwise scintillating work, it\'s the book\'s disjointed structure. We rocket back to the past for the crimes, and zip to the present for the author’s conversations with experts. We race up and down the state of California incessantly. The antidote, however, is McNamara’s poignant prose. You turn the pages just to see which revealing gem you’ll be presented with next.\