Button Man

Button Man

by Andrew Gross

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Andrew Gross has become one of my favorite authors. The One Man was an amazing tale which had me fully believing that it was a novel based upon a true story. I then became hooked on his murder mysteries only to end up, again, with a return to his roots...much more so than I had imagined when I read the first pages. What an amazing journey........
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome read! Thanks for another great one!
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insanepoet65 More than 1 year ago
TITLE: Button Man AUTHOR: Andrew Gross GENRE: Historical Fiction PAGES: 384 If you have been paying attention to my blog, you will know that I really dig Andrew Gross’ books. When he turned his talented eye towards historical fiction, I really got into his books. First, it was The One Man, about a daring break IN to Auschwitz to rescue a prominent physicist. Next, it was The Saboteur, about a daring plot to disrupt Nazi Germany’s attempt to develop an atomic bomb. Now, we have Button Man, where Andrew Gross turns his talented eye towards New York City in the 1930’s, the garment industry, and the mob. Yes, you read that correctly, the garment industry and the mob. When I think of a “mob story”, I think of the typical: gambling, prostitution, drugs, racketeering. I do not put the garment industry in that mix at all, yet Andrew Gross did, and did so beautifully! Button Man is the story of the Rabishevsky brothers and their rise in the garment industry during the 1930’s. After the death of their father, the brothers are thrust out into the world to help provide for their large family. Morris drops out of school at the age of twelve years old and gets a job at a garment factory, Sol is headed to accounting school, but Harry falls in with a street gang. Morris finally learns enough about garment making that he is able to strike out on his own and start up his own factory. He convinces Sol to join him, but Harry refuses, making his own way in the underworld. One of Harry’s bosses, Louis Buchalter, is rising in the underworld and gets his sights set on the unions, especially in the garment industry, which puts Morris and Sol in his crosshairs. This book is rich in atmospheric detail, and has a good dose of actual historical figures like Louis Lepke, Albert Anastasia, and Dutch Schultz as well as special prosecutor Thomas Dewey. It has all the facets of a great historical thriller’ romance, loss, greed, action, and betrayal. What made this book better than your typical mob tale is it is based on actual events in Mr. Gross’ family history. I would love to say I found fault here or there in this book, but I cannot. It is entertaining, thought provoking and it reminded me of the stories my grandfather would tell me about growing up during the depression. The writing is clear and sharp, the pace is fast moving, and it pulls on your emotional heart strings. 5 out of 5 bookmarks.
3no7 More than 1 year ago
“Button Man” by Andrew Gross reaches into history to tell family stories couched as a thriller. New Yok City in the 1920s and 1930s is overcrowded and dangerous. It is filled with family tradition, cultural values, and even a little humor, but it is also overrun with organized crime, union power, mob control, widespread murder, and just plain nastiness. Even the title “Button Man,” the slang term for a hit man, reflects the mood of the era. This is a family story that centers around three brothers in the women’s garment industry, (Something distinct and very different from the “fashion” business.) They love each other, betray each other, and seek forgiveness and redemption. Gross pulls readers into the story right from the start and keep us turning the pages all the way through. The author draws directly from his own family to create complex and believable characters and complements them other historic figures who weave in and out along the way. It is a first-generation story with strong characters, heart pounding suspense, and a payoff at the end. I received a copy of “Button Man” from Andrew Gross, St Martin’s Press, Minotaur Books, and Net Galley. It was an engrossing and absorbing. I anxiously await the next in this series of historic-based family stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As good as historical novels get