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Tom & Lucky and George & Cokey Flo by C. Joseph Greaves

November 5th 2015 | Bloomsbury | eBooks | Hardbacks

A gripping novelization of one of the most colourful – and fateful – courtroom showdowns in US history, between special prosecutor Tom Dewey and Lucky Luciano, the Mob’s ruling overlord Tom & Lucky and George & Cokey Flo is based on the real-life 1936 vice trial that ended the criminal reign of one of the most notorious mobsters of all time—Lucky Luciano. By following the lives of the trial’s four key figures: defendant Luciano, prosecutor Thomas E. Dewey, defense attorney George Morton Levy, and star witness Cokey Flo Brown, the reader is given front row seats to a courtroom drama that gripped America nearly 80 years ago.

In 2000, author C. Joseph Greaves was given exclusive access to the files of Luciano defense attorney George Morton Levy, which had been in storage since Levy’s death in the mid-1970s. Himself a former trial attorney, Greaves understood both the importance and the significance of this treasure trove of never-before-seen documents from one of the most colorful and controversial criminal trials in American history.

Using his extensive research, Greaves fashions a gripping true story, giving life to a Runyonesque cast of historic characters as Tom & Lucky recounts this epic Depression-era clash between a crime-busting district attorney and an all-powerful mob boss battling for the heart of a downtrodden nation. C. Joseph Greaves is a former L.A. trial lawyer. His first novel Hard Twisted was named Best Historical Novel in the SouthWest Writers International Writing Contest.

Acclaim for Hard Twisted:

“Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Mailer, Capote and Berendt, Greaves has crafted a McCarthy-esque non-fiction novelisation that is, at once, both timeless and classic. A truly extraordinary accomplishment, and a wonderful, wonderful book. I was left speechless.”
– R. J. Ellory

“Now and again you discover a thriller that sweeps you off your feet, it is so unexpected. This is one ... A delicate mix of poignancy and horror, it is impossible to forget.”
– Daily Mail

“A superb first novel ... Extraordinarily moving reading.”
– Guardian

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