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Noir Afloat: Tony Cornero and the Notorious Gambling Ships of Southern California
Prohibition. Mobsters, murder, and mayhem. FBI agents. Cops, robbers, and worse. Sound like the background for a Hollywood epic? It's Ernest Marquez's latest very true story of the renowned gambling ships that anchored in Santa Monica Bay in the 1920s and 1930s. It's the story of Tony Cornero, the cockiest gangster who ever bootlegged a bottle of scotch, the man who helped ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published February 2nd 2011 by Angel City Press
(first published January 28th 2011)
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An entertaining and well-researched look at the life and crazy adventures of rumrunner and gambling ship entrepreneur Tony "The Hat" Cornero. The book is lavishly illustrated with archival photos, newspaper clippings, and even images of artifacts from the imfamous ships, including dice and chips collected by the author. This book is a treasure for fans of noir-era Los Angeles and great fun.