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Tom & Lucky (and George & Cokey Flo)

by C. Joseph Greaves

The year is 1936. Charles ‘Lucky’ Luciano is the most powerful gangster in America. Thomas E. Dewey is an ambitious young prosecutor hired to bring him down, and Cokey Flo Brown – grifter, heroin addict, and sometimes prostitute – is the witness who claims she can do it. Only a wily defense attorney named George Morton Levy stands between Lucky and a life behind bars, between Dewey and the New York Governor’s mansion.

As the Roaring Twenties give way to the austere reality of the Great Depression, four lives, each on their own incandescent trajectory, intersect in a New York courtroom, introducing America to the violent and darkly glamorous world of organized crime and leaving the culture, laws, and politics of the nation changed forever.

Based on a trove of newly discovered documents, Tom & Lucky (and George & Cokey Flo) tells the gripping true story of a seminal trial in American history; an epic clash between a crime-busting district attorney and an all-powerful mob boss; a battle for the heart and soul of a dispirited nation; a portrait of a world where corruption rules and history remembers the villains.


21 October, 2015

About C. Joseph Greaves

C. Joseph Greaves is a former L.A. trial lawyer now based in Santa Fe. His discovery of two human skulls in a remote Utah canyon would lead, eighteen years later, to the completion of Hard Twisted, named Best Historical Novel of 2010 in the South West Writers international writing contest, in which Greaves was also honored with the grand-prize Storyteller Award. Greaves is also writing an L.A.-based mystery series; the first installment, Hush Money, will be published by Minotaur in spring 2012.


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