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The Gangster Squad

The true story of the Battle for Los Angeles

Paul Lieberman

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Pan
01 January 2013
The shadowy Gangster Squad was formed in 1946 with eight men operating out of two rusted old Fords. They had no office and made no arrests - the idea was to remain invisible. By the time I met Sgt. Jack O'Mara, most of the early members were dead, so I set out to find the survivors.

Based on the hugely popular Los Angeles Times column LA Noir: Tales from the Gangster Squad, this is the dark-hearted true story of a group of men cleaning up the mean streets of post-War America. From hundreds of interviews with the original members of the team, Paul Lieberman stitches together the story of Jack O'Mara, his dangerous colleague Jerry Wooters ( the killer cop, that's what they called me ) and their anything-goes war with arch-criminal Mickey Cohen and his budding rival Jack The Enforcer Whalen.

A tale of stake-outs, shoot-outs and even the famous Black Dahlia murder case, this is ice-cool narrative non-fiction at its best - and the basis for a huge Warner Brothers film of the same name, starring Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Emma Stone.
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Imprint:   Pan
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Unabridged
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 35mm
Weight:   426g
ISBN:   9781447222309
ISBN 10:   144722230X
Pages:   300
Publication Date:  
Recommended Age:   From 18
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Paul Lieberman is a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard who went on to work for twenty-four years as an editor and writer for the LA Times. He spent a year covering the Los Angeles riots and its aftermath as part of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize. He now lives in Westchester County, New York.

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