Thursday, January 15, 2015

Review: EVERYBODY GOES TO JIMMY'S by Michael Mayo

Everybody Goes to Jimmy's: A Suspense NovelFrom the back of the book
An explosion outside his speakeasy draws Jimmy into a life-or-death chase Young Jimmy Quinn is delivering a bribe for the infamous racketeer Arnold Rothstein when a bomb goes off on Wall Street, killing thirty people and scaring every banker in the city right down to his spats. Twelve years later, Rothstein is dead, and Jimmy is doing his best to stay out of trouble, running a quiet little Manhattan speakeasy. At a particularly bad moment for him and his favorite waitress, a blast rocks the alley outside and draws him right back into the madness of a dozen years ago.That morning, a strange package came in with his liquor shipment: four plain books filled with cryptic numbers. It seems this bombing may have had the same motive as the one that shook Wall Street more than a decade ago: money. The incident sets Jimmy off on a mad race to stay out of the line of fire, taking him from the heights of the Chrysler Building to the depths of New York's underworld.

My Review
I love prohibition-era crime and this book really captures that period in time with the plot revolving around Jimmy Quinn, the owner of a speakeasy profiteering off the sale of illegal alcohol. 

Author Michael Mayo's New York is brimming with corrupt cops, gangsters, and femme fatales - all of whom find their way to Jimmy's speak for one reason or another. All of whom bring trouble in one  form or another. 

Bombings, brawls, money, and murder are commonplace in Jimmy's line of work and a constant threat to his livelihood. However, among this mayhem are clearly defined characters with interesting stories and a plot that has many threads weaved cleverly together to deliver an enjoyable and entertaining read. 

EVERYBODY GOES TO JIMMY'S is a sequel and, as a reader not familiar with the first series installment, I was pleasantly surprised as the book reads very well as a stand alone, providing plenty of backstory to add context to the current day setting. I will, however, track down a copy of the first book, given I enjoyed this one so much. 

EVERYBODY GOES TO JIMMY'S was published by on 6 Jan 2015. I highly recommend the book.  

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