What are the best gangster novels?

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    #1The Godfather

    The Godfather
    The Godfather by Mario Puzo is a searing portrayal of the 1940s criminal underworld. It is also the intimate story of the Corleone family at the core of the American Mafia. This compelling tale of blackmail, murder and family values is a true classic.

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    Edison Fan
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I think many people and myself included would say that this may indeed be THE best gangster novel. The Godfather is extremely well known as a movie series but the book by Mario Puzo is of the same quality and the 5 star reviews only further show that. This is the series that pretty much spawned countless imitators but this is the original and if I wanted a gangster novel this would be my first choice."
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    #2Lucky Luciano

    Lucky Luciano

    Born in a small town in Italy, Lucky Luciano went to New York with his parents looking for a better future. He soon got interested in the life of those who made crime their way of living, and he ended up becoming the most famous gangster of them all: the man who organized crime in USA. 


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    Anna Reyes
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "1. I think it depends on what the reader is looking for. If he is looking for more information on the childhood experiences of Lucky then this book may not be that helpful 2. For an intern in Lawschool it will be interesting as it is strictly about the 1936 Luciano trial, he tells the story about some of the prostitutes who testified against Luciano, which was pretty interesting. 3. Some one looking for new uptodate information about crime trial this book is a disappointment. Sadly, it seems a a reprint of a somewhat lurid "crime reporter's" account of Lucania's trial for prostitution in the 1930s. "
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    Thanks to the interviews with Rosenthal and his partner, Antony Spilotro, Nicholas Pileggi wrote one of the best works about how the Mafia created his empire in Las Vegas during the 1970's- 

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    Eric Stewart
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "If someone wanted to learn about the underbelly of real gangsters and the lives they led, there can't be a better story written out there than Casino by Nicholas Pileggi. Since written, it has adapted into a film starring Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci and if your stuck between thinking of buying the movie or the book, do yourself a favor, and get both. "
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    #4The Way Some People Die

    The Way Some People Die

    In a house in Santa Monica, Samuel Lawrence gives 50 bills to Lew Archer and ask him to find her daughter. She was last time seen with the gangster Joe Tarantine. Archer follows her trace from San Francisco to the luxury of Palm Springs. 


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    Brenda Jensen
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "Since I don't read gangster novels, I'd give this one a shot. The plot looks interesting enough and the cover alone looks interesting and cool."
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    #5Donnie Brasco

    Donnie Brasco
    Joseph Pistone was Donnie Brasco, the starring of one of the most audacious sting operation ever. He worked as an undercover infiltrate member of the Mafia with the first 'connected guys', captains and godfathers. 


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    Bruce Graham
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "Donnie Brasco is a story that follows an FBI agent who worked undercover in the Mafia. It's based on a true story and is an extremely interesting read. It's been turned into a movie and is a must-have gangster novel to pickup."
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    The Sicilian code of silence is the cornerstone of Mafia's honour code. This code went to America where honour is silent, but money talks. This book by Mario Puzo is set in New York, where a mob boss is assassinated.


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    Kyle Wade
    Written on March 12, 2018
    "I loved Mario Puzo’s original Godfather book and this book is another thrilling installment of the stories from his mind. Of course I found some major similarities between this book and The Godfather simply because of the matter at hand but if you’re interested in the Italian mafia, this is a great book to follow up with."
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    #7Layer Cake

    Layer Cake

    A successful cocaine dealer gets two tough assignments from his boss on the eve of his planned early retirement. Layer Cake (also occasionally stylized as L4YER CAKƐ) is a 2004 British crime thriller film directed by Matthew Vaughn, in his directorial debut.


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    Jennifer Wong
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "This movie is full of suspense. With 30 days to hold this and 48 to watch from start on view one can not go wrong with this action packed Amazon feature called Layer Cake. This is an R action packed film that is viewable on supported devices for one's viewing pleasure."
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    #8The Last Don

    The Last Don
    The author of the acclaimed bestseller novel 'The Godfather' wrote this story about the corrupt world of gamblers and the American crime family Clericuzios and the power the reached into Hollywood and Las Vegas.

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    Joan Martin
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "This was an okay, interesting story. It had great writing, very entertaining, an all-around good read."
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    #9The Sicilian

    The Sicilian

    After Mario Puzo's Godfather comes this story of how Michael Corleone exiles in Sicily following the instructions of his father, The Godfather. This is an explosive and heroic novel in an epic scale. 


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    Shirley Torres
    Written on March 2, 2018
    "If you liked The Godfather, you would love The Sicilian. It has the same author, Mario Puzo, and is just as exciting. Any fan of gangster or mob novels will love it."
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    Angelo Vestieri has been living the gangster life ever since he escaped from his past and family many years ago. After getting a powerful position in New York due to his illegal activities, he will meet a young and abandoned boy, that will teach him lots of things about human relationships. 


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    Kenneth Clark
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "I love the Gangster novel series and have been reading them for a long time. I've read the full series and find the original novel, "Gangster," to be the best in the series. I go back and reread it rather frequently."
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    #11Pitbulls In A Skirt 2

    Pitbulls In A Skirt 2

    Pitbulls In A Skirt 2  is an African American crime fiction book written by Mikal Malone. This novel is about the four female gangsters in Emerald City. It is first published in 2009 by Cartel Publications. 


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    Ralph Powell
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Pitbulls In A Skirt 2 is the best gangster novels about females! Although recommended to me by some people I decided to check it out and agree it's a good book to read. The story is fast pace and there is always tons of action in each chapter and lots of wonderful characters. Would highly recommend if you enjoy plot twist and drama."


Best What are the best gangster novels
1The GodfatherBooks 11 Paid
2Lucky LucianoBooks 9 Paid
3CasinoBooks 8 Paid
4The Way Some People DieBooks 7 Paid
5Donnie BrascoBooks 6 Paid
6OmertaBooks 5 Paid
7Layer CakeMovies 4 Paid
8The Last DonBooks 3 Paid
9The SicilianBooks 2 Paid
10GangsterBooks 1 Paid

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