solid reputation as a fair and accurate reporter extends beyond
his peers and through prison bars to the likes of Alphonse Capone.
He has actually done a jailhouse interview at the personal request
of Capone himself.
Lloyd Martindale, a crusading Chicago mayoral candidate, is murdered,
suspicion quickly falls on the Chicago mob that the politician was
vowing to destroy. Al Capone doesn't like his guys taking an illegitimate
rap and has his outside people contact Snap Malek to have him uncover
is skeptical at first, but a deeper look reveals the possibility
that the victim had a multitude of enemies, both political and from
his clouded past. The reporter tries to balance his quiet investigation
with his daily job, and his attempts to keep up a normal father
and son relationship with his son, Peter. Along the way, he becomes
acquainted with legendary Cubs pitcher Dizzy Dean.
mob keeps the pressure on Snap to make sure he gets to the bottom
of things and exonerates them of the crime they so vehemently deny
having any knowledge of.
a well paced story with great dialogue and believable characters.
Purists might argue that the author strays unnecessarily from the
story line from time to time, but I didn't find it to be much of
a distraction. The writer does a good job of bringing real people
like Dizzy Dean into the tale and making them fit. The book flows
well and it's an easy read. I'd recommend it as a good way to spend
a summer evening.