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Gangster Nation

A Novel

List Price: $28.00

September 12, 2017 | Hardcover | 6” x 9”, 352 Pages | ISBN 9781619027237

“The sequel conducts extended discussions on how America is defined by crime, boldly linking gangland violence to the 9/11 attacks . . . Sal/David’s mixing of Talmudic citations with Bruce Springsteen lyrics is still very funny. The sacred gets the stuffing kicked out of it by the profane in this wild and sometimes-shocking novel.” ―Kirkus Reviews

It’s been two years since the events of Gangsterland, when legendary Chicago hitman Sal Cupertine disappeared into the guise of Las Vegas Rabbi David Cohen. Now, in September of 2001, everything’s coming up gold for David—but Sal wants out. He only needs to make it through the High Holidays, and he’ll have enough money to slip away, grab his wife and kid, and start fresh.

Across the country, former FBI agent Matthew Drew is now running security for an Indian Casino outside of Milwaukee, spending his off-time stalking members of The Family, looking for vengeance for the murder of his former partner. So when Sal’s cousin stumbles into the casino one night, Matthew takes the law into his own hands— again—touching off a series of events that will have Rabbi Cohen running for his life, trapped in Las Vegas, with the law, society, and the post-9/11 world closing in around him.

With the wit and gritty glamour that defines his writing, Goldberg traces how the things we most value in our lives—home, health, even our spiritual lives—have been built on the enterprises of criminals.

New York Times bestselling writer TOD GOLDBERG is the author of Gangsterland, the crime-tinged novels Living Dead Girl, Fake Liar Cheat, and the popular Burn Notice series. His essays and short stories have been published in Best American Essays, Los Angeles Times, Salon, Wall Street Journal, E!, and Jewcy among many others. He runs the popular podcast Literary Disco and directs the Low Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts at the University of California, Riverside. Learn more at todgoldberg.com.

Praise

Named 1 of 6 Crime Must-Reads This September by LitHub

“The sequel conducts extended discussions on how America is defined by crime, boldly linking gangland violence to the 9/11 attacks . . . Sal/David’s mixing of Talmudic citations with Bruce Springsteen lyrics is still very funny. The sacred gets the stuffing kicked out of it by the profane in this wild and sometimes-shocking novel.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Goldberg’s new novel is every bit as entertaining and at least as quirky as its predecessor―not an out-and-out comedy but certainly lighter than most books featuring organized crime figures and crazed law enforcers (although there are moments of memorable darkness). The book can be read as an installment in a series or as a stand-alone; Goldberg provides enough background to allow newbies to pick up the important plot threads.” ―Booklist

“Not only religion but family (what is the mafia if not a family?) and community are dissected in Goldberg’s sharp satires, which also happen to be excellent crime novels.” ―LitHub, 1 of 6 Crime Must-Reads This September

“Written with humor and the same type of dark, up-close-and-personal style of dialogue that Don Winslow is known for, Goldberg also mixes in some eyebrow-raising historical facts about how criminals (of all types, but especially gangsters) have shaped and changed America throughout the country’s history. A touch better than its predecessor (Gangsterland), Goldberg’s latest novel is a bold and daring adventure that hits hard early on and never lets up. The story twists and turns its way to a surprising ending, setting things up nicely for the planned third and final book in the Sal Cupertine trilogy, The Death of a Gangster.” ―The Real Book Spy

“Sal Cupertine is back―and better than ever. I love this guy.” ―Lee Child

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 of The President’s Shadow

“Tod Goldberg’s brilliant Gangster Nation is hilarious, complex, and a total page-turner. It’s also a little insane, in the best possible way.” ―Lisa Lutz, New York Timesbestselling author of The Passenger

Gangsterland was compelling in every way, and in Gangster Nation, its sequel, Tod Goldberg has written an enthralling portrait of consequences―emotional, physical, moral, you name it. Amid all the expertly choreographed violence and intrigue is a moving, thought-provoking story about the fluid nature of identity, spirituality, and love. I enjoyed every page.” ―Vu Tran, author of Dragonfish

Gangster Nation punches even harder than the excellent Gangsterland did: against the backdrop of 9/11, everybody’s roughed up and bleeding, and nobody’s hiding it well. Tod Goldberg’s weird world is getting The Sopranos–good, and The Sopranos–funny: he can hit you high, low, or straight in the gut. Meshugener wiseguys. It’ll make you a better killer―and a better rabbi.” ―Bill Beverly, author of Dodgers

“Rabbi David Cohen has some problems. His face is caving in due to bad jaw surgery. He hasn’t spoken to his wife or son in years. Also, he killed someone he shouldn’t have. I should really mention that he’s not a normal rabbi. He’s a hit man in disguise. Still, he’s good at what he does. He knows how to guide preteens to Bar Mitzvah manhood, counsel troubled members of his congregation, and shut down Kabbalah frauds―and maybe shake them down while he’s at it. Sound like the best premise for a novel you’ve ever heard of? Well, it is. Gangster Nation is a delight. A mitzvah, even. The plot’s got every twist and turn you could want, the jokes are Woody Allen good, and the writing (if you can slow yourself down to admire it) is beautiful. I couldn’t recommend this book more.” ―Lily Meyer, events manager, Politics & Prose

“Fans of Elmore Leonard will quickly devour Tod Goldberg’s latest novel, Gangster Nation . . . This worthy follow-up sees Goldberg fine-tune his signature mix of dark humor, violent crime, Talmudic wisdom and suburban satire.” —Orange Coast Magazine

“[A] fast-paced, addicting novel.” —San Diego City Beat

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