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Tom & Lucky And George & Cokey Flo, by Chuck Greaves

Posted on October 27, 2015 | in NEW BOOKS | by

Tom and Lucky and George and Cokey FloTom & Lucky And George & Cokey Flo, by Chuck Greaves, will be released by Bloomsbury on November 3rd. The year is 1936. Lucky Luciano is the most powerful gangster in America. Thomas E. Dewey is an ambitious young prosecutor determined to bring him down, and Cokey Flo Brown – grifter, heroin addict, and sometimes prostitute – is the witness who claims she can do it. Only a canny Long Island defense attorney named George Morton Levy stands between Lucky and a life behind bars, between Dewey and the New York Governor’s mansion. Four colorful lives, each on its own incandescent trajectory. But for four short weeks in the spring of 1936, the intersection of these four lives – in their respective roles as defendant, prosecution and defense attorney, and star witness – would enthrall the nation, introducing America to the violent and darkly glamorous world of organized crime and leaving our culture, laws, and politics forever changed. This is their story. From the Library Journal review: “The precision of a historical account and the sensitivity of character-driven fiction. Legal thriller and true crime readers alike will appreciated the results of Greaves’ formidable efforts.” The launch party will be held at Maria’s Bookshop in Durango on Tuesday, November 3rd at 7:00 pm. Greaves will be lecturing at the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference in Santa Fe on November 5-7, as part of an all-star faculty that includes Hampton Sides, David Morrell, Anne Hillerman, and James McGrath Morris. Greaves’ article about the Luciano trial (the subject of the book) will appear as a feature article in the November issue of the ABA Journal (the monthly magazine of the American Bar Association.)

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