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"With great style and boatloads of new information, Tere Tereba has crafted a page-turner about the greatest gangster LA has ever seen. . . . Few lived on the edge as long as Cohen, and fewer still earned a biography this entertaining." —Gus Russo, Pulitzer Prize-nominated author, The Outfit and Supermob

"The author does a superb job of tracing the ins and outs of Hollywood's gang world in the 1940s and '50s." —Wall Street Journal (May 16, 2012)

"This is a slashing good book — a razor-sharp bio of malevolent macher Mickey the C: the confounding Kingpin of L.A. crime. Buy this book now — it'll hang you out to dry!!" —James Ellroy, author, The Black Dahlia and L.A. Confidential

"[An] absorbing and gritty account of Cohen's rise from a tough as nails pugilist from East L.A. to a seemingly untouchable gangster." —www.HollywoodOutbreak.com

"[A] gripping yarn about the life and times of the 20th-century Los Angeles underworld." —www.InterviewMagazine.com

"In Mickey Cohen, Tere Tereba brings to life the pugnacious nature of a hoodlum unique in the annals of American gangsterism. . . . Tereba captures the essence of the man and his times with insight and flair." —T.J. English, New York Times bestselling author of Havana Nocturne and The Westies

"Tereba brings the bantamweight crook back to vivid life in this biography, along with the night clubs and race tracks he frequented and the no-holds-barred L.A. in which he flourished. This is a remarkable biography." —Booklist (April 2012)

"For readers who revel in old movies, stories about gangsters in double-breasted suits, and midcentury Los Angeles. Recommended." —Library Journal (May 2012)
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review by . February 12, 2013
Amongst the fun facts that enliven this lightweight tabloid-level biography of gangster Cohen I learned that Warren Zevon's father was a lower-level associate of Cohen.  Perhaps Warren wrote the song based on his father's accounts of his old gangster days. I also learned that there really was a Gangster Squad, a small elite unbadged corps within the LAPD given free reign to bring down Cohen.  I don't know how the recently released movie tells the story, but Cohen died of cancer …
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