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Gangsterland: A Novel de Tod Goldberg
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Gangsterland: A Novel (edição: 2014)

de Tod Goldberg (Autor)

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Fiction. Literature. Mystery. Thriller. HTML:"[An] exciting and darkly funny crime novel." ??C. Moon Read, Las Vegas Weekly, 1 of Our 20 Favorite Books of the Past Twenty Years
Sal Cupertine is a legendary hit man for the Chicago Mafia, known for his ability to get in and out of a crime without a trace. Until now, that is. His first??ever mistake forces Sal to botch an assassination, killing three undercover FBI agents in the process. This puts too much heat on Sal, and he knows this botched job will be his death sentence to the Mafia. So he agrees to their radical idea to save his own skin.
A few surgeries and some intensive training later, and Sal Cupertine is gone, disappeared into the identity of Rabbi David Cohen. Leading his growing congregation in Las Vegas, overseeing the population and the temple and the new cemetery, Rabbi Cohen feels his wicked past slipping away from him, surprising even himself as he spouts quotes from the Torah or the Old Testament. Yet, as it turns out, the Mafia isn't quite done with him yet. Soon the new cemetery is being used as both a money and body??laundering scheme for the Chicago family. And that rogue FBI agent on his trail, seeking vengeance for the murder of his three fellow agents, isn't going to let Sal fade so easily into the desert.
Gangsterland is the wickedly dark and funny new novel by a writer at the height of his power??a morality tale set in a desert landscape as ruthless and barren as those who
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Título:Gangsterland: A Novel
Autores:Tod Goldberg (Autor)
Informação:Counterpoint (2014), 397 pages
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GANGSTERLAND, by Tod Goldberg, is the story of a mafia hitman, Sal Cupertine, who murdered 3 federal agents in Chicago and is abruptly relocated to Las Vegas and after several facial surgeries and months of Jewish education, becomes a Rabbi named David Cohen. Quickly Sal/David becomes entangled in the Mafia in Las Vegas and his past is starting to catch up with him. Can Sal/David balance his new responsibilities while also fending off his dangerous past?
What a delight to read. Sal/David, in spite of being a cold-blooded killer, is such a likable soul that the reader is pulling for him, even when his is committed horrible acts. Goldberg does an excellent job of not just creating the mafia underbelly of Chicago and Las Vegas, but the contrast is so clear and distinct that it adds character and depth the Sal/David's slow grasp of his upended life. All of the supporting cast, particularly the senior Rabbi in Las Vegas, are all wonderfully complex and I would read a story focused on many of them. Sal/David's past is felt slowly creeping in as the story progresses and the ending of the book is exciting, rewarding and fun.
GANGSTERLAND was a blast to read and I look forward to reading more books by Tod Goldberg. It's a mafia story, but it's also soo much more; it's the story of a man figuring out who he really is, about your past never really leaves you and how religion. or really just something to believe in, can guide you and make you a better person.
I received this book as aprt of the Goodreads Giveaway program. ( )
  EHoward29 | Jan 9, 2024 |
Hitman messes up and kills 3 FBI agents and a confidential informant, so he gets sent to Las Vegas to become a Rabbi. No, I didn't make that up. If you can get past the absolute implausibility of its premise, Goldberg writes well and there are some good scenes--and even some insights into Judaism. I want to not like the book because of how ridiculous it is, but the character of the hitman/rabbi is just too interesting. So after finishing this one, I immediately downloaded the sequel.

Johnny Heller does a superb job reading the audiobook. ( )
  datrappert | Sep 10, 2023 |
NY Times Book Review made me do it: Sal Cupertine is a legendary hit man for the Chicago Mafia, and has to disappear when he kills three undercover FBI agents and a CI. He is stashed in a meat truck to Las Vegas, where following plastic surgery, he emerges as Rabbi David Cohen. Leading a growing congregation, he presides over funerals and counsels his congregation, quoting Torah, Talmud or Springsteen with aplomb. Of course, he cannot fully escape his life of crime and has to face a rogue, vengeful FBI agent and his desires to return to the family he abandoned. Humorous and dark, with some Jewish mysticism thrown in. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Rabbi David Cohen used to be Chicago Mafia hitman Sal Cupertino. When he is caught up in a drug deal gone wrong and kills several undercover FBI agents, he knows big trouble awaits him. But the Mafia has a plan and, after several surgeries and some rigorous training, he emerges as Rabbi Cohen and becomes the leader of a congregation in Las Vegas.

But a rogue FBI agent is after him, determined to avenge the deaths of his three colleagues. And the rabbi misses his family.

The book, filled with believable, well-developed characters, offers readers an interesting [if absurd] premise, and spins a dark tale of mayhem and lessons learned. ( )
  jfe16 | Dec 2, 2017 |
Sort of a Pygmalion-meets-Lillehammer-and-Dexter story in which a Chicago Mafia hitman is forced to go underground, reappearing in Las Vegas as a rabbi. He's not bad at the job, but his past follows him, as does the memory of his beloved wife and child--and an FBI agent he'd believed dead.

It's an odd, mostly fun book, with some rather harrowing violence. I would give this 3 1/2 stars if I could. Not quite 4; there's a bit too much explanation, and a couple of strokes of luck and loose and abrupt ends that I didn't feel were completely convincing. But the characters are interesting, and I liked very much that the reader doesn't get to know everyone's secrets, and doesn't need to. ( )
  NatalieSW | Oct 4, 2014 |
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Fiction. Literature. Mystery. Thriller. HTML:"[An] exciting and darkly funny crime novel." ??C. Moon Read, Las Vegas Weekly, 1 of Our 20 Favorite Books of the Past Twenty Years
Sal Cupertine is a legendary hit man for the Chicago Mafia, known for his ability to get in and out of a crime without a trace. Until now, that is. His first??ever mistake forces Sal to botch an assassination, killing three undercover FBI agents in the process. This puts too much heat on Sal, and he knows this botched job will be his death sentence to the Mafia. So he agrees to their radical idea to save his own skin.
A few surgeries and some intensive training later, and Sal Cupertine is gone, disappeared into the identity of Rabbi David Cohen. Leading his growing congregation in Las Vegas, overseeing the population and the temple and the new cemetery, Rabbi Cohen feels his wicked past slipping away from him, surprising even himself as he spouts quotes from the Torah or the Old Testament. Yet, as it turns out, the Mafia isn't quite done with him yet. Soon the new cemetery is being used as both a money and body??laundering scheme for the Chicago family. And that rogue FBI agent on his trail, seeking vengeance for the murder of his three fellow agents, isn't going to let Sal fade so easily into the desert.
Gangsterland is the wickedly dark and funny new novel by a writer at the height of his power??a morality tale set in a desert landscape as ruthless and barren as those who

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