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"Sal Cupertine is back—and better than ever. I love this guy." —Lee Child "Gangster Nation is a razor. It will slice you open and reveal your insides. And like the best of Tod Goldberg's work, it'll show you everything you are at your core." —Brad Meltzer, New York Times bestselling author of The President's Shadow It's been two years since the events of Gangsterland, when legendary Chicago hitman Sal Cupertine disappeared into the guise of Vegas Rabbi David Cohen. It's September of 2001 and for David, everything is coming up gold: Temple membership is on the rise, the new private school is raking it in, and the mortuary and cemetery—where Cohen has been laundering bodies for the mob—is minting cash. But Sal wants out. He's got money stashed in safe-deposit boxes all over the city. He's looking at places to escape to, Mexico or maybe Argentina. He only needs to make it through the High Holidays, and he'll have enough money to slip away, grab his wife and kid, and start fresh.Across the country, former FBI agent Matthew Drew is now running security for an Indian Casino outside of Milwaukee, spending his off-time stalking members of The Family, looking for vengeance for the murder of his former partner. So when Sal's cousin stumbles into the casino one night, Matthew takes the law into his own hands—again—touching off a series of events that will have Rabbi Cohen running for his life, trapped in Las Vegas, with the law, society, and the post-9/11 world closing in around him.Gangster Nation is a thrilling follow-up to Gangsterland, an unexpected, page-turning examination of the seedy foundations of American life. With the wit and gritty glamor that defines his writing, Goldberg traces how the things we most value in our lives—home, health, even our spiritual lives—have been built on the enterprises of criminals.
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"Sal Cupertine is back—and better than ever. I love this guy." —Lee Child
"Gangster Nation is a razor. It will slice you open and reveal your insides. And like the best of Tod Goldberg's work, it'll show you everything you are at your core." —Brad Meltzer, New York Times bestselling author of The President's Shadow

It's been two years since the events of Gangsterland, when legendary Chicago hitman Sal Cupertine disappeared into the guise of Vegas Rabbi David Cohen. It's September of 2001 and for David, everything is coming up gold: Temple membership is on the rise, the new private school is raking it in, and the mortuary and cemetery—where Cohen has been laundering bodies for the mob—is minting cash. But Sal wants out. He's got money stashed in safe-deposit boxes all over the city. He's looking at places to escape to, Mexico or maybe Argentina. He only needs to make it through the High Holidays, and he'll have...
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"Gangster Nation is a razor. It will slice you open and reveal your insides. And like the best of Tod Goldberg's work, it'll show you everything you are at your core." —Brad Meltzer, New York Times bestselling author of The President's Shadow

It's been two years since the events of Gangsterland, when legendary Chicago hitman Sal Cupertine disappeared into the guise of Vegas Rabbi David Cohen. It's September of 2001 and for David, everything is coming up gold: Temple membership is on the rise, the new private school is raking it in, and the mortuary and cemetery—where Cohen has been laundering bodies for the mob—is minting cash. But Sal wants out. He's got money stashed in safe-deposit boxes all over the city. He's looking at places to escape to, Mexico or maybe Argentina. He only needs to make it through the High Holidays, and he'll have enough money to slip away, grab his wife and kid, and start fresh.
Across the country, former FBI agent Matthew Drew is now running security for an Indian Casino outside of Milwaukee, spending his off-time stalking members of The Family, looking for vengeance for the murder of his former partner. So when Sal's cousin stumbles into the casino one night, Matthew takes the law into his own hands—again—touching off a series of events that will have Rabbi Cohen running for his life, trapped in Las Vegas, with the law, society, and the post-9/11 world closing in around him.
Gangster Nation is a thrilling follow-up to Gangsterland, an unexpected, page-turning examination of the seedy foundations of American life. With the wit and gritty glamor that defines his writing, Goldberg traces how the things we most value in our lives—home, health, even our spiritual lives—have been built on the enterprises of criminals.
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      • source: Mystery Scene Magazine
      • content: "Sal Cupertine is back--and better than ever. I love this guy."
      • premium: False
      • source: LitHub, 1 of 6 Crime Must-Reads This September
      • content: "Gangster Nation is a razor. It will slice you open and reveal your insides. And like the best of Tod Goldberg's work, it'll show you everything you are at your core."
      • premium: False
      • source: San Diego City Beat
      • content: "The sequel conducts extended discussions on how America is defined by crime, boldly linking gangland violence to the 9/11 attacks . . . Sal/David's mixing of Talmudic citations with Bruce Springsteen lyrics is still very funny. The sacred gets the stuffing kicked out of it by the profane in this wild and sometimes-shocking novel."
      • premium: False
      • source: Orange Coast Magazine
      • content: "While Gangster Nation contains a great deal of humor, at least when talking about the members of the synagogue, the novel takes a more serious turn after the events of 9/11 . . . The novel's cliff-hanger ending . . . will leave readers eager to discover what happens next."
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      • source: The Real Book Spy
      • content: "Goldberg's new novel is every bit as entertaining and at least as quirky as its predecessor--not an out-and-out comedy but certainly lighter than most books featuring organized crime figures and crazed law enforcers (although there are moments of memorable darkness). The book can be read as an installment in a series or as a stand-alone; Goldberg provides enough background to allow newbies to pick up the important plot threads."
      • premium: False
      • source: The Reporter Group
      • content: "One can't help but think of such greats as Mario Puzo, Jimmy Breslin, Elmore Leonard, and Donald E. Westlake while reading this witty, brutal, vital book. Goldberg is a master, expertly building upon the grim goings-on of Gangsterland, merrily pursuing plot points set up there to their logical, wicked ends. And, as if the impressive buildup of tension weren't sufficient, he ends the current installment on a cliff hanger of truly epic proportions, setting up what appears to be the forthcoming and final installment of the Gangster trilogy. This reviewer is already getting itchy, waiting for that welcome denouement."
      • premium: False
      • source: Booklist
      • content: "Not only religion but family (what is the mafia if not a family?) and community are dissected in Goldberg's sharp satires, which also happen to be excellent crime novels."
      • premium: False
      • source: Kirkus Reviews
      • content: "[A] fast-paced, addicting novel."
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      • source: Lee Child
      • content: "Fans of Elmore Leonard will quickly devour Tod Goldberg's latest novel, Gangster Nation . . . This worthy follow-up sees Goldberg fine-tune his signature mix of dark humor, violent crime, Talmudic wisdom and suburban satire."
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      • source: Brad Meltzer, New York Times bestselling author of The President's Shadow
      • content: "Written with humor and the same type of dark, up-close-and-personal style of dialogue that Don Winslow is known for, Goldberg also mixes in some eyebrow-raising historical facts about how criminals (of all types, but especially gangsters) have shaped and changed America throughout the country's history. A touch better than its predecessor (Gangsterland), Goldberg's latest novel is a bold and daring adventure that hits hard early on and never lets up. The story twists and turns its way to a surprising ending, setting things up nicely for the planned third and final book in the Sal Cupertine trilogy, The Death of a Gangster."
      • premium: False
      • source: Lisa Lutz, New York Times bestselling author of The Passenger
      • content: "Tod Goldberg's brilliant Gangster Nation is hilarious, complex, and a total page-turner. It's also a little insane, in the best possible way."
      • premium: False
      • source: Vu Tran, author of Dragonfish
      • content: Gangsterland was compelling in every way, and in Gangster Nation, its sequel, Tod Goldberg has written an enthralling portrait of consequences--emotional, physical, moral, you name it. Amid all the expertly choreographed violence and intrigue is a moving, thought-provoking story about the fluid nature of identity, spirituality, and love. I enjoyed every page."
      • premium: False
      • source: Bill Beverly, author of Dodgers
      • content: "Gangster Nation punches even harder than the excellent Gangsterland did: against the backdrop of 9/11, everybody's roughed up and bleeding, and nobody's hiding it well. Tod Goldberg's weird world is getting The Sopranos–good, and The Sopranos–funny: he can hit you high, low, or straight in the gut. Meshugener wiseguys. It'll make you a better killer--and a better rabbi."
      • premium: False
      • source: New York Times
      • content: "Complex characters with understandable motivations...
      • premium: True
      • source: Publisher's Weekly
      • content:

        July 10, 2017
        Offbeat doesn’t begin to describe Goldberg’s impressive sequel to 2014’s Gangsterland. Mafia leader Sal Cupertine escaped arrest by hiding in the back of a refrigerated meat truck after murdering three undercover FBI agents and an informant in Chicago. Now, he’s successfully reinvented himself as Rabbi David Cohen in Las Vegas, where he’s found that not being Jewish “had ceased, over time, to be a problem.” He has successfully faked his way into the job, officiating over life cycle events and dispensing nuggets of wisdom. Goldberg’s sections on Cupertine/Cohen’s relationship with his wealthy flock, which includes a man who hires Donny Osmond to sign autographs at his daughter’s wedding, provide a satirical look at the superficial aspects of affluent American life. The threat that the gangster’s past will catch up with him comes in the form of FBI agent Matthew Drew, who’s bent on avenging his late colleagues. Fans of clever mixes of dark humor and violent crime by authors such as Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen will be pleased. Author tour. Agent: Jennie Dunham, Dunham Literary.

      • premium: True
      • source: Kirkus
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        July 1, 2017
        The jig may be up for Las Vegas Rabbi David Cohen, the unlikely identity assumed by ruthless hit man Sal Cupertine. It's only a matter of time before an obsessed former FBI agent tracks him down--or the fake rabbi's cosmetically altered face caves in.Set in 2001, two years after the events of Goldberg's audacious Gangsterland (2014), this sequel finds 40-ish Sal/David weary of the Jewish mob wars in Vegas and missing his family. He left his wife, Jennifer, and 7-year-old son, William, in Chicago more than three years ago after murdering three undercover FBI agents and escaping town in a refrigerated meat truck. He plans on somehow rejoining his loved ones after having recorrective facial surgery, but those plans are complicated by his mob boss cousin Ronnie's own face problems. The ex-FBI man, whose former partner was one of the Sal's victims, takes out his anger by bashing in Ronnie's brains. Hidden away in a Windy City rehabilitation center named after Ronnie for his donations ("The only legit thing here was the pain," muses Jennifer, the toughest of cookies), the attackee hangs by a thread. How long will it be before Sal/David pays a similar price? Boasting less outlandish humor than Gangsterland but far more ambition, the sequel conducts extended discussions on how America is defined by crime, boldly linking gangland violence to the 9/11 attacks. The author overdoes it a bit with the not-a-rabbi's religious pontifications, but the second time around, Sal/David's mixing of Talmudic citations with Bruce Springsteen lyrics is still very funny. The sacred gets the stuffing kicked out of it by the profane in this wild and sometimes-shocking novel.

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      • premium: True
      • source: Booklist
      • content:

        September 1, 2017
        In the sequel to 2014's Gangsterland, fugitive Mob boss Sal Cupertine is living a (relatively) peaceful life in Las Vegas under the assumed identity of Rabbi David Cohen. He's slowly amassing enough money to move to South America, where he plans to resume his criminal ways in a less-dangerous environment. Meanwhile, disgraced former FBI agent Matthew Drew is hell-bent on finding Cupertine and exacting revenge for the Mob man's murder of three of Drew's former colleagues; and Peaches Pocotillo, a Mob fix-it guy, is negotiating a sweet deal with Sal's cousin Ronnie. Set a couple of years after Gangsterland, Goldberg's new novel is every bit as entertaining and at least as quirky as its predecessornot an out-and-out comedy but certainly lighter than most books featuring organized-crime figures and crazed law enforcers (although there are moments of memorable darkness). The book can be read as an installment in a series or as a stand-alone; Goldberg provides enough background to allow newbies to pick up the important plot threads.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2017, American Library Association.)

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