Monday, June 24, 2013

Review Mercy Row by: Harry Hallman

Title: Mercy Row
Author: Harry Hallman
Publisher: Octane Interactive
Pages: 200
Format: ebook
Source: Book Tour
Purchase: Barnes and Noble | Amazon

Mercy Row is a novel set in 1920's and 1930's Philadelphia. It's the story of the rise of a North Philadelphia crime family who was also responsible for building the homes and factories that make up this blue collar area of the city. Despite the violent trials and tribulations caused by rival gangs from South Philadelphia and Chicago Jacob Byrne and Franklin Garrett, with the help of the Irish immigrants that settled the Kensington area, build a formidable Irish mob.

This legal and criminal enterprise kept North Philadelphia free from the Mafia for two generations. Jacob's and Franklin's organization was built on the blood of those who opposed them, the sweat of the laborers who built North Philly and the tears of the wives and mothers whose loved ones were lost in the struggle.

My Thoughts: 

This was a great book which felt like being in the Godfather so to speak when Jacob Byrne and Franklin Garret run their gang and clean up the smaller gangs in Philidelphia so that the Irish Mob is the big thing and the other gang is the Italian Mob.  

We meet some great characters in this book and experience love, lossing ones to murder and payback from murder.  This was a great book that shows insight into the lifestyle of mob's in the 20's 30's.  I really enjoyed this and my only wish was that the book was longer.  I think anyone who loves mob stories or gangster books will love this book.  I can't wait to see what Mr. Hallman does next!

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