Casey (lastbestchance) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

77. And All the Saints

And All the Saints
by Michael Walsh

Started: June 24, 2011
Finished: July 6, 2011

I had never heard of Owney Madden before reading this historical novel about his life as a gangster in New York in the early twentieth century, but I'm a bit fascinated now. I'm not sure how accurate the story told here is but it was interesting nonetheless. One of my biggest complaints about most historical novels is that the author does so much research about the time period that they feel the urge to cram way too much background information into the story. Walsh doesn't do this for the most part. He lets the story lead the way with the research making a reliable backdrop. This isn't a great book but it's a good read. 383 pages. Grade: B
Total # of books read in 2011: 77
Total # of pages read in 2011: 23,417


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