By Kevin Baker
From “the lit world’s sharpest chronicler of recent York’s past” (Rolling Stone), a singular of 2 Irish brothers who trip from the gangland waterfront to the halls of power
Based on one of many nice unsolved murders in mob heritage, and the rise-and-fall of a real-life hero, The titanic Crowd tells the sweeping tale of Charlie O’Kane. he's the yankee dream come to existence, a bad Irish immigrant who labored his manner up from beat cop to mayor of recent York on the city’s brilliant, post-war zenith. well-known, robust, and married to a glamorous model version, he's regarded as much as by way of thousands, together with his more youthful brother, Tom. So whilst Charlie is accused of abetting a stunning mob homicide, Tom units out to transparent his brother’s identify whereas hiding a mystery of his own.
The fees opposed to Charlie stem from his days as a crusading Brooklyn DA, whilst he despatched the infamous killers of homicide, Inc., to the chair—only to allow an essential witness cross flying out a window whereas lower than police defend. Now, out of place of work, Charlie lives in a shoddy, Mexico urban vacationer resort, eaten up with regrets and afraid he'll be indicted for homicide if he returns to the U.S. To discover what particularly occurred, Tom needs to confront gorgeous truths approximately his brother, himself, and the key workings of the nice urban he loves.
Moving from the Brooklyn waterfront to urban corridor, from the battlefields of worldwide struggle II to the shorelines of Acapulco, to the glamorous nightclubs of postwar ny, The gigantic Crowd is stuffed with old powerbrokers and gangsters, celebrities and socialites, scheming cardinals and struggling with, dockside clergymen. yet eventually it's a brilliantly imagined, notably American tale of the bonds and betrayals of brotherhood.