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About the Author
PATRICK DOWNEY grew up in the Detroit, MI area before moving to New York in 1990. Patrick can be found in the New York Public Library and NYC Municipal Archives researching New York's gangster past.
Patrick has been studying New York City's early-twentieth-century crime scenes for more than fifteen years. He has written articles on the Big Apple's gangster past for newspapers, spoken on the subject at the Museum of the City of New York, and has designed and led a walking tour that highlights criminal landmarks in conjunction with the museum.
Author Patrick Downey peddling his wares during the Chicago Gangster convention 2004.
Gangster City is arguably the most comprehensive book written to date on New York City's underworld from 1900-1920. Its pages chronicle virtually every widely known (and lesser known) Mafioso, bootlegger, racketeer and thug who terrorized the City in the early 20th century. The murders of some 600-plus gangsters are profiled in detail.
Beginning with the reign of Monk Eastman, this veritable encyclopedia of the New York underworld explores the origins of Mafia initiation rites and uncovers the most important gang wars, many still unknown to average readers. Also, for the first time ever, an in-depth look into the career of Vincent Coll reveals his probable killer, while myths are dispelled about the Irish White Hand gang, as their demise is frequently but wrongly attributed to a carefully planned attack by Al Capone.
With a full listing of the specific addresses where criminals were killed throughout the New York and New Jersey area, Patrick Downey animates and expands all previous knowledge of this infamous era in American history. This is volume one of a two-volume series. Volume two will cover the years 1920-1940.
Author Downey taking a break ala Dutch Schultz during book signing.
Click on above photo to take you to his site or click http://www.patrickdowney.com/default.htm
Available for pre-order, Pat Downey's latest thrilling endeavour. Click on book for more info.