Sunday, November 27, 2005

Why Brownsville HC Will Be Good

As I mentioned here awhile back, I am looking to give you all more info on the books that might be overshadowed in the mountain of materials that make up the Previews catalog.

Today, let's take a look at the Brownsville HC by by Neil Kleid & Jake Allen, which is being solicited in this month's Previews (DEC053126) for 19 bucks.

Neil Kleid gave me the lowdown on the project. I will let him tell the rest:

In the 1930's, life in Brooklyn was murder. "Jewish gangster" isn't a term you hear much in post-Holocaust society ... but back when the Dodgers played in the East, and licorice cost a penny a bag, Brooklyn corners were lousy with semitic young toughs looking for adventure and excitement — none more so than in Brownsville. Follow the intertwined lives of Allie Tanennbaum, Abe Reles, and scores of hoods organized by Louis Lepke Buchalter into the deadliest hit operation in Mafia history, "Murder, Inc.", as they escape the mean streets and lonely tenements of East New York, and make themselves into the most dangerous men in America, only to eventually send their best friends and closest allies up the river.

Here's what people are saying about BROWNSVILLE:

"Jewish gangsters are almost unheard of these days. This taut and suspenseful drama takes people to an era that no longer exists. I'm not saying Jews are untainted by crime these days - but at least they're not out knockin' heads like they used to be!" - Harvey Pekar, writer, AMERICAN SPLENDOR

"Most of the material you'll find about the 'jewish mafia' is garbage. This book examines a piece of the history of organized crime, and does so with grace, style and power. BROWNSVILLE carries history. Read it." - Carla Speed McNeil, creator, FINDER

There's a short sequence available for preview up at the NBM site.
Click on this page to scroll through the preview:

The full color cover is available for viewing here.

There's a hefty interview about BROWNSVILLE at Newsarama up here.

Thanks for checking it out!

Neil Kleid

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Blogger T. said...

Is this a true story?

Joe Kubert recently released a hardcover I was thinking of getting called Jew Gangster. I think I'll pick this up too.

11/28/2005 11:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Neil Kleid said...

Its what i call historical quasi-fiction.... in that its based on heavily researched actual historical events with actual historical dialogue... but most of the dialogue is fictional.

11/29/2005 03:43:00 AM  

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