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Jimmy the Stick (Jimmy Quinn #1)

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  46 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
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
Paperback, 232 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Road (first published January 1st 2012)
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Lisa B.
My Thoughts

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.
3.3 stars for Jimmy The Stick, the debut of the Jimmy Quinn mystery series set in post-depression New York. Added by flashback chapters, the reader learns of Jimmy Quinn's early days and connections with various Hells Kitchen mobsters and upbringing by Mother Moon, his surrogate mother who safekeeps his earnings and houses him in a room in her flat. Mother Moon "invested" in the orphaned Jimmy, recognizing the youth's talents and integrity, bringing him to the attention of gangster Arnold (A.R.) ...more
Sep 24, 2012 Bill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
John McKenna
Apr 01, 2014 John McKenna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mysterious Book Report No. 145
By John Dwaine McKenna
For many crime fiction fans, the Prohibition Era of the 1920s and the Great Depression in the 30s holds an intense fascination that, even now, almost one hundred years later, captivates our collective imaginations. The gangster age as it became known, really began at the end of the Great War—the first mechanized conflict and the largest war the world had ever known. Then came the Roaring Twenties, with the Jazz Age, the stock market crash, and
Nov 08, 2012 Maxine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 13, 2012 Lolly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Otto Penzler
Sep 18, 2012 Otto Penzler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 13, 2012 Linda Munro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
L.M. Elm
Jan 09, 2017 L.M. Elm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mayo provides a character that is both flawed and believable. Jimmy 'The Stick' is summoned to an old friend's home to keep a watch on his family and his estate. Nothing is as it seems and the tension escalates until its inevitable conclusion. Mayo also does a great job of providing the goings on in 1932, which don't overwhelm the plot at all.

Did not know this was a series. Maybe have to pick up the first one.
Jul 28, 2013 Keri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, books-won
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.
P.a. Jaroma
So so, didn't do it for me
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Michael Mayo lives in North Carolina. The years he spent in New Jersey had a lot to do with his love of Prohibition-era New York and the creation of Jimmy Quinn. He has written about film for The Washington Post and The Roanoke Times. He was the host of the nationally-syndicated Movie Show on Radio and Max and Mike On the Movies. His non-fiction books include American Murder: Criminals, Crime and ...more
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