Gangster Nation : A Novel
Booklist Reviews 2017 September #1
In the sequel to 2014's Gangsterland, fugitive Mob boss Sal Cupertine is living a (relatively) peaceful life in Las Vegas under the assumed identity of Rabbi David Cohen. He's slowly amassing enough money to move to South America, where he plans to resume his criminal ways in a less-dangerous environment. Meanwhile, disgraced former FBI agent Matthew Drew is hell-bent on finding Cupertine and exacting revenge for the Mob man's murder of three of Drew's former colleagues; and Peaches Pocotillo, a Mob fix-it guy, is negotiating a sweet deal with Sal's cousin Ronnie. Set a couple of years after Gangsterland, Goldberg's new novel is every bit as entertaining and at least as quirky as its predecessor—not an out-and-out comedy but certainly lighter than most books featuring organized-crime figures and crazed law enforcers (although there are moments of memorable darkness). The book can be read as an installment in a series or as a stand-alone; Goldberg provides enough background to allow newbies to pick up the important plot threads. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.
PW Reviews 2017 July #2
Offbeat doesn't begin to describe Goldberg's impressive sequel to 2014's