Ryans of Red Hook

Ryans of Red Hook

by Jack Keough


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Ryans of Red Hook, a historical novel of 81,000 words, opens in 1921 and ends during the Great Depression when Prohibition is repealed. Liam and Packy Ryan associate with politicians, police, bootleggers, mobsters and show biz types when the fledgling Cosa Nostra resolves to eliminate all Irish gangs in New York.

In the Roaring -- often lawless -- Twenties, Liam Ryan, seeking a better life than that of a dock worker, hijacks a shipment of bootleg whiskey off the Brooklyn docks, stealing it from the wrong people. When the mob and prohibition agents come after him, he solicits help from his cousin Packy Ryan, speakeasy owner and numbers game operator, to solve his dilemma.. We follow the adventures of Liam as he gets appointed to the NYPD and Packy as he associates with the famous Brooklyn gangster, Charles "Vannie" Higgins, to expand his speakeasy from one to several more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781505317664
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/27/2015
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Keough grew up in a family of police with two uncles who were first grade detectives and two uncles (their brothers) who operated speakeasies and the numbers racket in Brooklyn. This novel is based on true crime stories told to him by and about his relatives, supported by extensive research from published sources. As an undergraduate, Keough majored in history with an English minor. The methodology for his doctoral dissertation--identified by the Library of Congress as a prime source in the field-- was historical research. He has published over twenty-five journal articles and chapters in books.

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