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Havana Nocturne


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T. J. English is a noted journalist, a screenwriter, and the author of the New York Times bestsellers Havana Nocturne, Paddy Whacked, and The Savage City, as well as of The Westies, a national bestseller, and Born to Kill, which was nominated for an Edgar Award. He has written for Vanity Fair, Playboy, and Esquire, among other publications. His screenwriting credits include episodes of the television crime dramas NYPD Blue and Homicide, for which he was awarded the Humanitas Prize. He lives in New York City.


"Crime writer English (Paddy Whacked) unfolds a story whose main outline will be familiar to any fan of The Godfather: Part II, but whose twists and turns no screenplay could keep up with."--Kirkus Reviews
"[An] excellent new book.... [English] provides a detailed account of the personalities and elements that made up Cuban life. His well-researched descriptions of how business, gambling, politics, revolution, music and religion all played off each other give Havana Nocturne a broad context and a knowledgeable edge."--Washington Post
"It's a roaring story, equal parts fact and myth, and for the first time, it gets told in its violent entirety by no less a crime scribe than T.J. English...compellingly telling."--Miami Sun Post
"Sex and drugs and rockin' mambo! Havana Nocturne is a dazzling parade through the Mob's interests in Cuba. A must for Mob fans everywhere."--Legs McNeil, author of The Other Hollywood and Please Kill Me
"A tight storyteller, English provides a juicy mix of true crime and political intrigue, all set against the sexy sizzle of Havana nightlife."--San Francisco Chronicle
"Engaging....English's brand of narrative is history, and he aims to set the record straight."--Miami Herald
"A whiz-bang account of the Mafia's short-lived romp through 1950s Cuba."--New York Times Book Review
"True-crime writer English (Paddy Whacked) presents an empire-building saga in which the "Havana Mob" of American gangsters, led by visionary financier Meyer Lansky, controlled Cuba."--Publishers Weekly
"English's engaging narrative reads with the gripping quality of fiction: the dark underworld of Havana comes to life....Highly recommended."--Library Journal
"Finally, the definitive book has been written on the Mob's heyday in Cuba. Havana Nocturne is at once compelling and incisive--an entertaining page-tuner that will both shock and inform."--Sam Giancana, author of Double Cross
"All the razzle-dazzle is here--Sinatra, the black sedans, the showgirls--but English goes further, to show how gangsterismo permeated the politics of Cuba and influenced its destiny."--The Scotsman
"Spellbinding prose...Havana Nocturne is a powerful reminder of how the mob nearly achieved its biggest payday and how Castro beat the house, forever changing the course of history."--San Antonio Express-News
"[An] entertaining new veteran crime writer T.J. English"--New York Post
"While Havana Nocturne makes you glad that Batista and his gangster pals ultimately got what they deserved, it also makes you regret never having gotten the chance to soak up a few mojitos while catching the floor show at the old Tropicana."--Village Voice

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