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The novelization of the major motion picture from Universal Pictures about Frank Lucas, drug czar of Harlem. The film stars Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, and is directed by Ridley Scott.


For decades the Mafia controlled the flow of heroin onto the streets of Harlem. Frank Lucas changed all that. Born in rural North Carolina, he came to New York and rose to power unde
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Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 2nd 2007 by Forge Books (first published October 15th 1997)
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P.S. Winn
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
A gritty look at a different type of gangster. This is a dark look into the life and times of gangsters and corruption. Funny, I have to admit, I never thought of African American Gangsters much, especially when you see all the movies and books on those like Al Capone, etc. This is a great story.
Kelen Conley
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I haven't watched the film in a few years but I remember absolutely loving it and the rise and fall of Frank Lucas (the Jay-Z album of the same name didn't hurt). I purchased the book that had the original story this movie was based on and this adaption.

Years later, while trying to pick something I hadn't read yet, I remembered that I had never gotten around to this. I was immediately brought back to the movie playing in my head as I read along, but the book made the film seem even richer and mo
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Amber
Mar 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the way the character of frank Lucas was created (even if it was fictionalized). The portrayal of him as more of an educated, suave kind of gangster makes him more of a likeable villain, perhaps even more so than the character of Richie Roberts. Frank Lucas is predominately what makes this story a good read. It has good pacing with some historical events that people can identify with and the necessary plot turns. He is a memorable character especially when pictured as Denzel. The end i ...more
Michael  Baggetta
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
An incredible real life story of Frank Lucas's rise from a driver of a mob boss in Harlem to then becoming one of largest black crime bosses in history! I enjoyed how he used ingenuity and business smarts to offer a purer Heroin product at a better price than his rivals.It is the story of the American dream in business although this man decided to do it with drugs as his product! Great real life gangster story.
Nicoleta
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: filme
Îmi fusese recomandat cu căldură.
Terry
Apr 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Love Max Allen Collins work, however this wasn't one of his better books. Working backwards from screenplay to novel doesn't allow for much creativity and it showed in this effort. Still it makes me want to see the movie.
G-E
Nov 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Ce livre est basé sur le film du même nom. Il est évidemment fidèle à ce dernier. Lisez-le si on vous le prête et que vous aimez lire ce genre d’histoire, sinon écouter le film il est très bon et ça prend moins de temps.
Sue
Jan 31, 2008 rated it liked it
Short stories about famous people by a writer with The Village Voice. Good writing, interesting stories, I'm not done yet though.
Indah Threez Lestari
Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
719 - 2014

Untuk review-nya, kali ini hanya kupajang di blog saja ya:
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Jan 11, 2008 added it
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Hilary
Aug 09, 2010 rated it did not like it
only a tiny bit about the american gangster and a load of other boring stuff
Feathzzz
Jul 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Read while in jail. Actual rating: 3.5
Neil
Jun 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Read this in one sitting before I seen the movie and had to watch the movie the next day. Full of action.
Carly
Mar 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome. Very quick moving. Couldn't put it down.
Pradeep Badatiya
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good to have one in your collection list.
Paul
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
awesome read
Peter
May 24, 2014 rated it liked it
If you saw the movie, no need to read the book.
Cortney
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Makes ya rather peeved that we as honest working citizens make what we make, when a drug lord can make $50,000 in 10 minutes! Gotta rethink my loan arrangements! lol
Jay Hancock
Aug 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Should have noticed this was a novelization or I probably wouldn't have read it.
Eshank
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The book dwells on detailed working of world's cocaine supply and how gangsters controlled it to their fabulously great advantage.
Must read for all fans of Mob-Fiction.
Ur
Dec 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: every one
Base on a true story. Very good reading. It's just like the movie.
Jenn
Dec 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
I loved all the different stories in this one. I know there was an expectation of more about the American Gangster, but all the other true stories in here were just as equally good.
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Natalie
Jan 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Loved this! Much like the movie but had a few slight differences. I really enjoyed it.
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Received the Shamus Award, "The Eye" (Lifetime achievment award) in 2006.

He has also published under the name Patrick Culhane. He and his wife, Barbara Collins, have written several books together. Some of them are published under the name Barbara Allan.

Book Awards
Shamus Awards Best Novel winner (1984) : True Detective
Shamus Awards Best Novel winner (1992) : Stolen Away
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