Martina Cole, Author . Grand Central $24.99 (502p) ISBN 978-0-446-17997-3

Cole's long-winded London gangland saga charts the rise to felonious fame and fortune of Danny Boy Cadogan, from the late '60s to the present. As an oversized 13-year-old, Danny beats up his father, a “useless waster” saddled with gambling debts, and becomes his family's primary breadwinner. Louie Stein, a crook impressed by Danny's spirit, mentors Danny as Danny and his best friend, Michael Miles, become “the new rude boys.” At age 15, Danny beats a young prostitute to death after raping her, and he kills again to shut up a squealer, cementing his reputation as a super thug. Later, Danny marries Michael's sister, Mary, who hopes for happiness, but soon finds she's just another person the unfaithful Danny wants to control. Danny's reign of terror becomes a thing of legend, but like all legends, there's always someone ready to knock the kingpin down. Cole (Close ) skillfully shows just how the mighty can fall in this sordid, often depressing, crime novel. (July)

Reviewed on: 04/27/2009
Release date: 07/01/2009
Genre: Fiction
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