The Road to Perdition by Max Allan Collins

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Rock Island, Illinois -- 1929. Michael O'Sullivan is a good father and a family man -- and also the chief enforcer for John Looney, the town's Irish Godfather of crime. As Looney's "Angel of Death," O'Sullivan has done the bidding of Chicago gangsters Al Capone and Frank Nitti as well -- but when a gangland execution spells tragedy for the O'Sullivan family, a grieving father and his adolescent son find themselves on a winding road fo treachery, revenge, and revelation. Writer Max Allan Collins is a two-time winner of the Private Eye Writers of America's Shamus Award for his Nathan Keller historical thrillers "True Detective" and "Stolen Away." Award-winning artist Richard Piers Raynner spent four years working on the artwork for "Road to Perdition," a labor of love that has resulted in some of the most stunningly realistic drawings of 1930s Chicago ever seen on printed page.
 

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Max Allan Collins is the author of the Shamus Award-winning Max Allan Collins is the author of the Shamus Award-winning Nathan Heller historical thrillers; his other books include Nathan Heller historical thrillers; his other books include the New York Times bestseller Saving Private Ryan and the bethe New York Times bestseller Saving Private Ryan and the bestselling CSI series. His comics writing ranges from the grastselling CSI series. His comics writing ranges from the graphic novel Road to Perdition, source of the Tom Hanks film, phic novel Road to Perdition, source of the Tom Hanks film, to long runs as scripter of the a oeDick Tracya comic strip to long runs as scripter of the a oeDick Tracya comic strip and his own innovative a oeMs. Tree.a Collins is also a screand his own innovative a oeMs. Tree.a Collins is also a screenwriter and a leading Indie filmmaker. He lives in Iowa witenwriter and a leading Indie filmmaker. He lives in Iowa with his wife, writer Barbara Collins, and their son, Nathan. h his wife, writer Barbara Collins, and their son, Nathan. Born in England, Richard Rayner now lives in Los Angeles. His previous books include the memoir The Blue Suit and the novels The Cloud Sketcher, L.A. Without a Map, and Murder Book. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and many other publications.
 
Published June 1, 1998 by Pocket. 304 pages
Genres: History, Comics & Graphic Novels, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Humor & Entertainment, Action & Adventure, Crime. Fiction

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In 1942, Michael O'Sullivan Jr.—the wide-eyed boy who watched his father turn into an angel of vengeance—is now grown up and about to become a WWII hero in the savage battle for Bataan.

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It's 1973, and 50-year-old Michael O'Sullivan Jr., the young boy orphaned in Road to Perdition , has Italianized his name to Michael Satariano and is boss and squeaky-clean mob frontman of the Cal-Neva Lodge and Casino at Lake Tahoe.

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When O'Sullivan's son and namesake, Michael, witnesses his father's on-the-job activities, Looney's son responds by slaughtering O'Sullivan's family (save for O'Sullivan and his son).

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The Irish Catholic O'Sullivan is on the run from other gangs with his son Michael, who witnessed one of O'Sullivan's killings for the Irish Mafia's Looney gang.

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It's 1930 and O'Sullivan works for the Looneys, an Irish mob family with a stranglehold on the politics and businesses of a small Midwestern city.

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But when things go suddenly and terribly awry, Satariano, in an eerie reprise of his past, finds himself on the road and on the run again, seeking swift and terrible revenge against those who have wronged him.

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Chicago Tribune

Rooney, though he prefers Michael, his right hand gun, feels he must protect his own son -- and the movie becomes a rumination on those two kinds of fatherhood: Michael's noble self-sacrifice, which is ultimately misunderstood by the world, and Rooney's partisanship, which contains a remnant of f...

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