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Jimmy the Stick

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A gunman comes out of retirement to guard his former partner’s family
Jimmy Quinn was a gunman, bootlegger, and bagman, running with mobsters the likes of Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky, and Vincent “Mad Dog” Coll, until a bullet in the leg and the murder of Arnold Rothstein ended his career. Quinn bought a speakeasy in downtown Manhattan and settled into a quiet retirement—un...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by MysteriousPress.com/Open Road
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Lisa B.
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I received an email from the publisher asking if I would consider reading this book since I have read historical fiction before.

“Why not?” I thought. But hey - wait a minute - what if I don’t like the story?

Well, not to worry, because I liked it a lot. I got involved with the story line right from the beginning. There is always something going on that keeps the story moving along at a good pace.Jimmy the Stick is a very likeable character. He is street wise and stands by his friends....more
Michael Mayo's JIMMY THE STICK is another winner from Mysterious Press, perhaps the most trusted publisher of mysteries in America.

Set in the hysteria following the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby, Jimmy 'The Stick' has been hired by his wealthy old friend to supposedly guard his child from a possible kidnapping, but as Jimmy recalls his own past and friendship with his wealthy friend, he begins to suspect that he has been hired for more than that, and as he thinks back, he recalls and we are...more
Jimmy the Stick is an absolute gem of a suspense novel that takes place during the time of the Lindbergh kidnapping. For years, Jimmy was a gunman and thief, working for a multitude of scandalous characters, including his adoptive “mother.” Now retired from working with mobsters, Jimmy aspires to operate a speakeasy and lives a relatively quiet life. An unexpected incident at his speakeasy and the news of the Lindbergh baby kidnapping changes everything. Summoned to the estate of a friend from h...more
Jimmy Quinn knows and has worked for all the big names in crime in NY but an accident while 'running' for Arnold Rothstein has left him crippled and earned him the nickname 'the stick'. Now he runs a quiet safe speakeasy in NY. It is 1932, and the Lindbergh kidnapping is the biggest crime story to hit the papers when Jimmy gets a call from his childhood friend, Spencer. Spence, who has married into an oil fortune, has to leave town and his wife is frantic that their baby will be kidnapped. Jimmy...more
One fabulous piece of fiction. I would never have guessed this was Michael Mayo's debut novel... The plot is well thought out, the characters are very realistic, and the time period detail is spot-on.

The story is set in early 1932, with flashbacks throughout the 1920s. Mayo does a great job of showing the period detail through characters and dialogue, rather than telling about historical detail. The characters use enough period slang to be real, without going over the top. The dialogue is never...more
Otto Penzler
Jimmy the Stick, the terrific debut novel by Mike Mayo, takes place in New York City during Prohibition and follows Jimmy, a crook turned “clean” after a bullet in the leg forced him to give up bootlegging with mobsters and open a speakeasy. He is close to retirement when the infamous Charles Lindbergh kidnapper strikes and the wealthy are terrified that their children might be next. Before long, Jimmy finds himself at his old friend Spence’s mansion in New Jersey, hired to keep watch over Spenc...more
Linda Munro
I found this book when I entered a contest to win a copy on goodreads. Luckily, it was a book I was able to locate at our library.

According to a bio that I read concerning the author, this was his first novel; well, all I can say is.... Can't wait for the next one!

This book took one moment in history, the Lindbergh baby kidnapping; added a giant mistake in history, prohibition. then twisted the gangsters that prohibition gave rise to into a tale of greed, revenge and murder. It was a recipe b...more
John McKenna
Any fan of the Prohibition and gangster eras will find this a fun and entertaining read.
I won this book and honestly I'm glad I got it for free. It was very stiff. I know it's based off of a true story but I felt that it could have been spiced up only a little and made a little bit more interesting.
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Michael Mayo (b. 1948) has written about film for the Washington Post and the Roanoke Times. He was the host of the nationally syndicated radio programs Movie Show on Radio and Max and Mike on the Movies. His books include VideoHound’s Video Premieres, Horror Show, and War Movies. He edited three volumes of The DVD Guide.

Mayo’s most recent book is American Murder: Criminals, Crime, and the Media,...more
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