Hell-bent

Hell-bent

One Man's Crusade to Crush the Hawaiian Mob

Book - 2014
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"Hawaii Five-O meets Wiseguy in author Jason Ryan's vigorously reported chronicle of brazen gangsters, brutal murders, and a father's quest for vengeance--all set against an unlikely backdrop of seductive tropical beauty"-- Provided by publisher
"World-class beaches, fragrant frangipani, swaying palms, and hula girls. Most folks think of Hawaii as a vacation destination. Mob-style executions, drug smuggling, and vicious gang warfare are seldom part of the postcard image. Yet, Hawaii was once home to not only Aloha spirit, but also a ruthless, homegrown mafia underworld. From 1960 to 1980, Hawaiian gangsters grew rich off a robust trade in drugs, gambling, and prostitution that followed in the wake of Hawaii's tourist boom. Thus, by 1980--the year Charles Marsland was elected Honolulu's top prosecutor--the honeymoon island paradise was also plagued by violence, corruption and organized crime. The zeal that Marsland brought to his crusade against the Hawaiian underworld was relentless, self-destructive, and very personal. Five years earlier, Marsland's son had been gunned down. His efforts to bring his son's killers to justice--and indeed, eradicate the entire organized criminal element in Hawaii--make for an extraordinary tale that culminates with intense courtroom drama. Hawaii Five-O meets Wiseguy in author Jason Ryan's vigorously reported chronicle of brazen gangsters, brutal murders, and a father's quest for vengeance--all set against an unlikely backdrop of seductive tropical beauty. "-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, 2014
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780762793037
0762793031
Characteristics: 295 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm

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