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バッカーノ!The Rolling Bootlegs by Ryohgo Narita
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May 14, 15

bookshelves: light-novel, fantasy, historical-fiction, seinen
Read in January, 2011

Baccano! - 1930: The Rolling Bootlegs
Don't let anybody tell you there's no future in a life of crime, because some rackets can last forever. But we'll get around to all that immorality jazz later. A mafia turf war is raging on the mean streets of the Big Apple, a place where regular jacks bounce between backdoor speakeasies and the breadline. But this caper isn't about a simple gangland brawl. It's about hoods who can't seem to die proper after catching a bullet or five between the eyes. Sadistic hit-men and their dames, mad bombers making a bang, monsters going bump and soul sucking alchemists bootlegging an elixir that can grant a man eternal life.
Just remember, Baccano! isn't about beginnings and ends. It's about the twists and turns, bub. There may be one event but there are as many stories as there are people involved. Paths don't cross in this story - they collide. Every Dick and Jane plays the lead and it's going to be a bumpy ride.

The best part of this story is the collection of characters that are present. There is no single main character in this series, often switching between different characters. A good reader can catch all the various details that connect all the characters. Everyone is distinguishable both personality-wise and visually. The same events are retold by various characters without becoming dull. It's amazing how even the slightest little concidence that seemed so uninportant can be a major connection among the multiple characters.
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