"Sal Cupertine is back--and better than ever. I love this guy." --Lee Child,New York Times bestselling author ofPersonal: A Jack Reacher Novel
"Gangster Nation is a razor. It will slice you open and reveal your insides. And like the best of Tod Goldberg's work, it'll show you everything you are at your core." --Brad Meltzer,New York Times bestselling author ofThe President's Shadow
The sequel to the wickedly dark Hammett Prize-finalistGangsterland, an unexpected, page-turning examination of the seedy foundations of American life
It's been two years since the events ofGangsterland, when legendary Chicago hitman Sal Cupertine disappeared into the guise of Vegas Rabbi David Cohen. In September of 2001, Rabbi Cohen's temple is thriving. The mortuary and cemetery--where Cohen has been laundering bodies for the mob--is minting cash. But Sal wants out. He's got money stashed in safe-deposit boxes all over the city. He only needs to make it through the High Holidays, and he'll have enough to escape Vegas, grab his wife and kid in Chicago, and start fresh.
Across the country, former FBI agent Matthew Drew is running security for an Indian-owned Casino outside of Milwaukee, looking for vengeance for the murder of his partner. So when Sal's cousin stumbles into the casino one night, Matthew takes the law into his own hands--again--not knowing that the Native American mob, led by an enigmatic assassin named Peaches, plans to take over the Chicago Family. Into his crosshairs fall Sal's wife and son, unprotected as the structure of the Chicagomob falls away.
When the horrible events of 9/11 occur, and the authorities move all of their resources to battle this new enemy, all the gangsters in the nation know they have free reign to run wild. This powder keg threatens to expose Rabbi Cohen, with the post-9/11 world closing in around him.
Gangster Nation is a gritty, darkly funny story of the greed and ambition that have fueled the rise of a nation, proclaiming Tod Goldberg as one of the most provocative crime writers of his generation.