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Gangster Nation

A Novel

List Price: $28.00

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

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

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


“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

“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 Times bestselling author of The Passenger

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