O'Sullivan's parents and brother were murdered by organized crime
factions when he was a child. Eliot Ness managed to get Michael placed
in an orphanage and he was subsequently adopted by the Satarianos,
an Italian couple who had lost their son. Putting his past behind
him, Irish Michael grew up as an Italian, working in his adoptive
parents' restaurant. When World War II came along, the skills that
Michael had learned as a young boy as he accompanied his biological
father on the road with the mob were awakened and put to good use.
Michael could shoot well, and kill with aplomb.
Bataan was a hellhole that won Michael the first Medal of Honor
of World War II, but lost him an eye when he single-handedly wiped
out a Japanese battalion. As a hero, he was shipped off of Bataan,
along with General MacArthur. Michael was sent home against his
wishes, only to be employed by the government to attend heroes'
parades and sell savings bonds.
Eliot Ness offers him a bit more exciting government work with
the FBI, to help reign in Al Capone's mob...and so, with revenge
uppermost in his mind, Michael goes undercover and becomes indispensable
to the ruthless Frank Nitti. Nitti is running the mob for the absent
Capone, who is in semi-retirement in Florida, having served time
In his dangerous double role of becoming involved with organized
crime and working with Eliot Ness to undermine it, Michael is torn
by mixed emotions and dual loyalties. His anticipated revenge on
Al Capone keeps him motivated, but he knows that you can only leave
the mob feet first.
The Road to Purgatory gives a true feel for the time and
is a highly charged sequel to The Road to Perdition. Collins
is a prolific master of suspense and crime fiction, with unforgettable
characters that can populate your nightmares. If you are looking
for a fast-paced, hard-to-put-down escape, Max Allan Collins delivers.