The Black Hand

The Black Hand

The Epic War Between A Brilliant Detective and the Deadliest Secret Society in American History

eBook - 2017
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"Gripping . . . A valuable recounting of a lurid and little-known episode in American history." -- Washington Post

Beginning in the summer of 1903, an insidious crime wave stirred New York City, then the entire country, into panic. The children of Italian immigrants were being kidnapped and dozens of innocent victims gunned down. Bombs tore apart tenement buildings. Judges, senators, Rockefellers, and society matrons were threatened with gruesome deaths. The perpetrators' only calling card: the symbol of a black hand.
Standing between the American public and the Black Hand's lawlessness was Joseph Petrosino. Dubbed "the Italian Sherlock Holmes," he was a dogged and ingenious detective and master of disguise. As the crimes grew ever more bizarre, Petrosino and his all-Italian police squad raced to capture members of the secret criminal society before the nation's anti-immigrant tremors exploded into catastrophe.
The Black Hand is a fast-paced story of mystery, terror, sacrifice, and honor in turn-of-the-century America, from a master of narrative nonfiction.

"Taut, brisk, and very cinematic." -- Newsday
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, [2017]
ISBN: 9780544635357
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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San Mateo Public Library Book Discussion Group selection for September 2017.

CMLibrary_gjd_0 Nov 25, 2017

While reading this book, I couldn't keep the phrase "the more things change, the more they stay the same" out of my head. This book details the long, hard fought road that Italian immigrants faced in the early 1900's; I kept thinking, much like the Muslim Community today. This book is ultimately forgiving of the inconsistencies American Immigrants face when they make it to our shores. But not so forgiving on the errors that killed our first Italian American Detective, Joseph Petronsino. Mr Petronsino really invented the modern American Police Detective, which means we should all know about him and his fight against the Black Hand. This non-fiction book reads like a historical mystery. If you enjoy true crime and detective stories, this book is for you.

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fledge
Jul 15, 2017

The Black Hand was the precursor of the mafia in America. Petrosino (the detective in this work) was indeed a brave man, but he was sent on a foolhardy mission to Sicily that doomed him. Recommended.

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fajardo61
Jun 13, 2017

About a people that had the power of life and death on there finger tips..
.. ooohhh.. scary!!

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