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The Resource Deadly valentines : the story of Capone's henchman "Machine Gun" Jack McGurn and Louise Rolfe, his blonde alibi, Jeffrey Gusfield

Deadly valentines : the story of Capone's henchman "Machine Gun" Jack McGurn and Louise Rolfe, his blonde alibi, Jeffrey Gusfield

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Deadly valentines : the story of Capone's henchman "Machine Gun" Jack McGurn and Louise Rolfe, his blonde alibi
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Deadly valentines
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the story of Capone's henchman "Machine Gun" Jack McGurn and Louise Rolfe, his blonde alibi
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Jeffrey Gusfield
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Deadly Valentines
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the story of Capones henchman "Machine Gun" Jack McGurn and Louise Rolfe, his blonde alibi
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eng
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  • Part history of the Capone era and part biography of one of Big Al’s top enforcers and his quintessential gangster’s moll, Gusfield’s book gives a thoroughly researched and colorful account of a bullet-ridden Jazz Age Chicago. Vincenzo Gibaldi immigrated from Sicily to the U.S. with his family as a four-year-old in 1906. Young Vincent was drawn to boxing and, taking the alias “Jack McGurn,” had moderate success in Chicago as an amateur welterweight. But McGurn’s other profession, with Al Capone’s “Outfit,” proved more lucrative: with his baby face and easygoing manner, McGurn was treated like an honorary Capone brother, known for precise and well-planned hits. He emerged into the spotlight when seven members of George “Bugs” Moran’s rival gang were brutally murdered in the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. While no definitive proof exists that McGurn was one of the gunmen—Louise Rolfe, his hedonistic young lover embodying everything seductive about the Jazz Age, provided his alibi—Gusfield makes a strong case that he planned the attack. Despite the narrative being written annoyingly in the present tense, Gusfield portrays both McGurn and Rolfe as alluringly flawed and deadly in their own ways. 50 b&w photos. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed January 9, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 02, p)
  • Gusfield presents the short, brutal life of "Machine Gun" Jack McGurn (1902 –1936), born Vincent Gebardi, a gifted athlete who became notorious as Al Capone's deadliest lieutenant and putative organizer of the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre of 1929. In a parallel narrative, the author charts the dissolute history of Louise Rolfe, an archetypical jazz-baby flapper who, when liquored up behind the wheel, would prove nearly as fatal as her eventual paramour McGurn. Gusfield structures the book as the tale of the young lover's ill-starred romance, but the story is heavily weighted toward McGurn, whose natural toughness, intelligence and physical grace quickly elevated him in the ranks of the Capone organization, where he earned a reputation as a meticulous planner and devastatingly effective assassin. Gusfield provides a lively, detailed history of gangland Chicago in the 1920s, deftly parsing the intricate chains of betrayal and murder that drove the city's bootlegging trade and limning the era's swinging style and heat. The author perhaps overly idealizes McGurn, endlessly praising his boyish good looks, athletic gifts, taciturn implacability and ruthless efficiency--a climactic passage in which McGurn's dream of playing professional golf decisively collapses is rendered with the gravitas of Greek tragedy. Rolfe, portrayed here as essentially a spoiled, drunken nitwit, never resonates as a compelling character in her own right, making Gusfield's emphasis on their short-lived and unremarkable romance puzzling and giving his otherwise cleanly propulsive account a somewhat lopsided shape. McGurn would never have stood for such sloppiness. Still, an engrossing look inside Al Capone's murderous ranks and a chilling examination of a natural born killer.(Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2012)
Biography type
collective biography
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10115664
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Gusfield, Jeffrey
Dewey number
364.1092/277311
Index
index present
LC call number
HV6248.M46543
LC item number
G87 2012
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • McGurn, Jack
  • Rolfe, Louise
  • Gangsters
  • Organized crime
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the story of Capone's henchman "Machine Gun" Jack McGurn and Louise Rolfe, his blonde alibi
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Deadly valentines : the story of Capone's henchman "Machine Gun" Jack McGurn and Louise Rolfe, his blonde alibi, Jeffrey Gusfield
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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847188
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First edition.
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pages cm
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9781613740927
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2011043257
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(Sirsi) i9781613740927
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Deadly valentines : the story of Capone's henchman "Machine Gun" Jack McGurn and Louise Rolfe, his blonde alibi, Jeffrey Gusfield
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
847188
Edition
First edition.
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9781613740927
Lccn
2011043257
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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(Sirsi) i9781613740927

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