FREE READ Ï Gangster Suad: Covert Cops the Mob and the Battle for Los Ángeles

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The true story behind the movie of the same name A secretive police unit waged an anything goes war to drive Mickey Cohen and other hoodlums from Los Angeles after WWII In 1946 the LAPD launched the Gangster Suad with eight men who met covertly on street corners and slept with Tommy gun. Warner Brothers developed the film Gangster Suad based on the research journalist Paul Lieberman conducted for this book The blurb promises Gangster Suad is a tour de force narrative reminiscent of LA Confidential It isn’t Lieberman writes about the lives of the members of the Gangster Suad – ‘eight men who met covertly on street corners and slept with Tommy guns under their beds’ – while they watch the Mafia The problem is the policemen concerned aren't that interesting Decent dedicated law men having dinner do not make a riveting read He writes about the LA Mafia but the characters Mickey Cohen Jack Dragna and others are almost as boring as the men watching them There is a lack of focus and conflict Nothing much happens And then there’s the writing Clichés and twee phrases abound What self respecting crime writer pens phrases like ‘There were no guarantees in police work or in life ’ or ‘all those men had marvellous dark hair’I’m sure the film will be better

REVIEW Gangster Squad: Covert Cops, the Mob, and the Battle for Los Ángeles

Gangster Squad Covert Cops the Mob and the Battle for Los ÁngelesS under their beds Sgt Jack O’Mara was a suare jawed church usher Sgt Jerry Wooters a cynical maverick About all they had in common was their obsession O’Mara set a trap to prove Mickey was a killer And Wooters formed an alliance with Mickey’s budding rival Jack “The Enforcer”. 45 Stars I adore film noir the shadow drenched films of the 40s and 50s that brought to life a world inhabited by gangsters femme fatales and hard boiled private eyes double crosses and shoot outs a murky cinematic world where the line between good and evil was often than not blurred beyond recognition The first time I heard of the upcoming film Gangster Suad was in the aftermath of the Aurora CO theater shooting when the trailer was pulled due to the fact that it contained scenes of a movie theater shoot out the seuence was subseuently cut and a new scene shot to take its place I assumed the story was a fiction until I saw the trailer just over a week ago and absolutely fell in love with the look of the film Generally speaking gangster pictures are a bit out of my viewing norm but I am a total sucker for the look of the 40s and 50s and whatever else may be said about the upcoming film it has style in spades When I learned that the film was based on the real life exploits of LA based gangster Mickey Cohen and the LAPD's secret Gangster Suad I knew I had to investigate the book that chronicling the LAPD's mid century war on organized crime And oh what a wild ride if nothing else Gangster Suad than proves the old adage that the truth is stranger and oft times compelling than any fictionJournalist Paul Lieberman's 500 plus page account of the LAPD's Gangster Suad is a highly readable page turning account of the men whose shadowy crusade against the rise of organized crime in their city arguably changed the face of law enforcement forever The Los Angeles of the early twentieth century was a city on the cusp of great and profound change With the rise of the film industry LA was becoming an entertainment mecca and during the Depression years thousands sought their fortunes under California's sun drenched skies The advent of World War II brought a serious population boom to LA as the city uickly swelled to become one of the top five most populated cities in America But along with the burgeoning entertainment and industrial sectors came imports of a less desirable sort gangsters like Bugsy Siegel and Mickey Cohen who sought to establish gaming and protection racket empires of their own set to rival their eastern counterparts in Chicago and New York And thus ten Chief CB Horrall greenlit the formation of the Gangster Suad the elite off the books virtually invisible team was hand picked for their brawn or their brains and their willingness to completely dedicate themselves to ridding LA of the invading gangster menaceWhat is perhaps most amazing about the Gangster Suad is the virtually unuestioned autonomy they were given in their assignment to investigate tail and harass the gangster element Initially their only offices were two beat up sedans wherein meetings were scheduled on shadowy corners and in vacant lots via coded messages Since they weren't officially recognized at least in the first years they were given free rein to use any method at their disposal to clean up LA's streets unwarranted wire taps their fists if a bookie or pimp was encouraged to leave town it was tallied a win no matter the circumstances What intrigued me most about the team was their pioneering investigative methods Led by brilliant bug man Con Keeler the suad pioneered new forms of electronic surveillance and wire tapping And in an age when

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FREE READ Ï Gangster Squad: Covert Cops, the Mob, and the Battle for Los Ángeles È The true story behind the movie of the same name A secretive police unit waged an anything goes war to drive Mickey Cohen and other hoodlums from Los Angeles after WWII In 1946 the LAPD launched the Gangster Suad withWhalen Two cops two hoodlums  Their fates collided in the closing days of the 1950s when late one night “The Enforcer” confronted Mickey and his crew The aftermath would shake both LA’s mob and police department and signal the end of a defining era in the city’s history    . An interesting story poorly told The book is adapted from a series of newspaper articles and it feels like it There is little narrative flow or focus over its 500 page length and the editorial discipline to stick to the subject is sorely lacking However it is a study of a fascinating time where gangsters where stars and the police were hopelessly ill euipped to deal with organised crime There are numerous intriguing moments and snapshots of an era now largely forgotten in the shadow of Chicago's famous charactersIt is hard to recommend tho because it never really builds these stories into a book As a contrast Public Enemies which focuses on the loose society of bank robbers in the pre war era is a much successful attempt at taking a collection of cops and robbers and turning it into a real page turner If you have a keen interest in the american underworld its worth picking up a copy but there's nothing here for anyone but the enthusiasts