Thornical Press Review
August 11, 2022
Chuck Hogan’s Gangland is a fictional portrayal of the very real burglary of Chicago’s “Outfit” mob boss Tony “Big Tuna” Accardo’s suburban home in 1978. The story is told through the point of view of the fictional “Nicky Pins” Passero, a mid-level wiseguy in the Chicago Outfit and bowling alley operator. Passero guides the reader through the dirty paranoid world of Accardo and killings that follow the burglary.
Passero gains the confidence of Accardo and is tasked with seeking out the burglars, yet Passero has secrets that place his own life in peril if exposed. As the bodies pile up and secrets boil to the surface, Passero desperately tries to right himself but finds it is difficult to escape the life of blood he has chosen.
Gangland is a first rate thriller set in the often ignored mob world of Chicago in the late 1970s. Readers will sympathize with Passero much the way audiences would with Henry Hill in the film Goodfellas.
Author: Chuck Hogan | Publication Date: August 2, 2022
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