Baltimore. 1999. A girl is murdered and her body buried in a shallow grave in a city park. Her former boyfriend is convicted of the crime based on the testimony of his classmate and friend.
Back when Chuck Stone was a columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News (from 1972 to 1991), it wouldn't have been advertising hype to say that he was the most trusted man in the City of Brotherly Love.
When it came to writing about crooks, cops and the bizarre predicaments in which they can find themselves, Elmore Leonard was the Stephen King of his genre - or perhaps, as Time magazine once described him, "The Dickens of Detroit." Leonard published 45 novels, starting with The Bounty Hunters in 1953 and ending with Raylan in 2011. His work inspired scores of hit movies, including Fifty-Two Pickup, Mr. Majestyk, Get Shorty, Out of Sight and Jackie Brown. The hit cable TV series Justified is based on two of his novels, Pronto and Riding the Rap.
Murder. Bank robbery. Racketeering. Drug dealing. For more than 60 years, from 1956 to 2011, James "Whitey" Bulger was either committing violent crimes or living as a fugitive from justice.
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