Havana World Series

Havana World Series

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Baker & Taylor
At the height of the World Series in 1958, the gambling empire of Meyer Lansky enjoys unprecedented profits much to the chagrin of rival mafia boss Joe Bonanno, who plots to hijack Lansky's winnings with deadly consequences, a situation that prompts Lansky to take Bonanno out of the Cuban racket for good. By the author of Outcast.

Blackwell North Amer
It is the fall of 1958 in Havana, Cuba. Mickey Mantle's New York Yankees are playing the Milwaukee Braves, and from the greasy-spoon cafeterias to the luxurious casinos, bets are coming in fast and furious. Everyone is riveted to the series - and no one more so than criminal mastermind Mariano "Ox" Contreras. He has been handpicked by the Joe Bonanno crime family to pull off one of the biggest, most daring heists in Cuba's history - the one that will finally bring rival mob boss Meyer Lansky's hotel and gambling empire to its knees.
With the guidance of Lebanese hustler-turned-tycoon Elias Naguib, Contreras organizes a dream team of Cuba's most intrepid and ingenious ex-cons. His right-hand man is Fermin Rodriguez, a short, bald Spanish-Cuban whose career as a pimp ended when he stabbed a boxer in the liver. The law-school dropout Arturo "Abo" Heller is the decoy, posing as the high-rolling son of a tobacco farmer. Former gigolo turned Casino de Capri dealer Wilberto "Willy Pi" Pires is the inside man. Valentin "Meringue" Rancano, a backwater boy who came to the Cuban capital with twenty-five stolen pesos in his pocket before cutting his teeth as a dice shark, is the scout. And Melchor "Wheel" Loredo, the island's most intrepid car thief, is the getaway driver.
As the series goes down to the wire, Contreras and his ragtag team await the final out, when the overflowing coffers of Lansky's casino are ripe for the picking. If all goes off without a hitch, their futures will finally be made. But in a country where unrest and uncertainty are the order of the day, is it possible that all will not go according to plan?

Baker
& Taylor

At the height of the World Series in 1958, the gambling empire of Meyer Lansky enjoys unprecedented profits much to the chagrin of rival mafia boss Joe Bonanno, who plots to hijack Lansky's winnings with deadly consequences.

Publisher: New York : Grove Press, c2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780802117540
0802117546
Branch Call Number: F LAT
Characteristics: 320 p. ; 22 cm

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