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The Last Pirate of New York
The Last Pirate of New York: A Ghost Ship, a Killer, and the Birth of a Gangster Nation | Richard Cohen
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Was he New York City's last pirate...or its first gangster? This is the true story of the bloodthirsty underworld legend who conquered Manhattan, port by port--for fans of Gangs of New York and Boardwalk Empire. Albert Hicks was a feared, shadowy figure of the New York underworld in the mid-1800s. Handsome and charismatic, he was known to frequent the dive bars and gin joints of the Five Points, the most dangerous neighborhood in maritime Manhattan. For years, he operated out of the public eye, rambling from crime to crime, working on the water, in ships, sleeping in the nickel-a-night flops, drinking in barrooms where rat-baiting and bear-baiting were great entertainments. Hicks's criminal career reached its peak in 1860, when he was hired, under an alias, as an extra hand on an oyster sloop. His plan was to rob the ship, make his getaway, and disappear in the teaming streets of lower Manhattan, as he'd done numerous times before. But the plan went awry, and the voyage turned into a massacre. In the straits of Coney Island, on a foggy night, the ghost sloop, adrift and unmanned, was rammed by another vessel. When police boarded the ship to investigate, they found blood and gore everywhere, no bodies, only the grisly signs of struggle. A manhunt was launched for the mysterious merchant seaman on the manifest. Long fascinated by gangster legends, Rich Cohen tells the story of this notorious underworld figure for the first time, from his humble origins to his incarnation as a demon who terrorized the Five Points and became the gangster most feared by other gangsters, at a time when pirates anchored off of 14th street.
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Centique
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Lastly a #weeklyforecast for His Elderliness. He still has most of the pile I gave him last week but I‘ve added these two to it this morning. He‘s most interested in reading the 9/11 book. Hopefully he has enough books and dinners in the freezer to keep him happy while we‘re away up north 😊 (luckily he has two other daughters close by so he won‘t even notice I‘m gone 😂)

Cinfhen I LOVED LOVED LOVED the 9/11 book. I listened on audio and was completely immersed for days!!!! Hope your dad loves it as much as I did. I need to pick up 3w
Cathythoughts He is well looked after ❤️ Lucky man 👍🏻❤️ 3w
Centique @Cinfhen it was probably your post that got this book on my “Dad list” then! 😍 I‘ll put the other one on there too. 3w
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ralexist
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Panpan

I was expecting so much more from this. I mean it promises pirates, gangsters, & a ghost ship. What's not to like? What it ends up being is a true crime story of a murderer. Not even a clever one; who was caught and brought up on piracy charges. The ghost ship is not one because it can't be a ghost ship if you know what happens to the crew. And the gangster nation thread? Tenuous at best. All in all it was fine but it was not what was promised.

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Pedrocamacho
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Mehso-so

The best part of the book is the story of the detectives tracking the murderer from Connecticut back to New York City. The killer‘s confession is gruesome. Also, “the Birth of a Gangster Nation” must have been added by the publisher, because the book has virtually nothing to say about it.

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Mitch
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Fascinating story of Albert Hick- his crimes, his confession & death. It was fascinating, not just the seedy underbelly of nineteenth century New York, but also the relationships developing between criminals, the law & the press. Albert Hick's story is said to be the one that really launches the New York Times. Interesting interview with the author - https://www.wnyc.org/story/last-pirate-new-york-ghost-ship-killer-and-birth-gang...

Crazeedi Wow, this one sounds really good, I'll have to look for it! 4mo
Mitch @Crazeedi really fascinating story and the author creates the mood of the time really well 4mo
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Mitch
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Classic way to start .... once upon a time...👍🏼

#newbookday

Crazeedi As we've said before, starting a new book is a joy❤ 4mo
Mitch @Crazeedi absolutely - the anticipation & promise 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
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Abby2
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Pickpick

Great historical crime story. Very enjoyable

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Mitch
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Oops.... may well have just listened to this and then accidentally gone online and *BUY*. Oops!

https://lithub.com/rich-cohen-on-the-first-gangster-of-new-york-city/

ralexist I'm listening to this on audiobook right now 🙂 5mo
Mitch @ralexist cool! It sounds super interesting. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5mo
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ruskigurl16
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This was a fascinating story. It was interesting to read about New York and the buckaneer culture when it was alive and thriving. The ruthlessness of the murder and the gleeful circus-like treatment of the final punishment was very skillfully, almost journalistically, described. #recentlyread #nospoilers #crimefiction #blameLitsy #blameMrBook #LITSYloveslibraries ❤️😎

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MichaelK
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30 pages left and I just want to finish this book!!!

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MichaelK
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Feel like this rainy foggy night is fitting for this book 🏴‍☠️

Tamra Beautiful! But no fish? 🐟 6mo
MichaelK Big storms tonight. Not in the mood to be struck by lightning ⚡️ 6mo
Crazeedi So peaceful!❤ 6mo
Tamra Good plan 6mo
sprainedbrain Gorgeous photo! 6mo
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ruskigurl16
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So this happened... 😮😊 #blameLitsy #blameMrBook #LITSYloveslibraries

Erofan Such cute little soft toy wolf! 🐺❤ 7mo
ruskigurl16 @Erofan I have been trying to figure out what this guy is and you're right... it's a 🐺. 😮❤️ 7mo
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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post 6! Just released. For fans of Gangs of New York and Boardwalk Empire, here‘s the true story of Albert Hicks, who was either #NYC‘s last pirate or first gangster. In the mid-1800s, he frequented the Five Points. He became NYC‘s most feared criminal figure. At his peak, he was to rob an oyster sloop but something went wrong. Police found the ship near Coney Island, lots of blood & gore but no bodies. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

ruskigurl16 Ugh. There goes my TBR pile. All of the recommendations are just great today. 😂❤️📚 7mo
MrBook @ruskigurl16 😇😆🙌🏻 7mo
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KatieDid927
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Mehso-so

Meh. Alfred Hicks was a bad dude who sort of fell through the cracks historically. He‘s interesting, but this book wasn‘t so much. I didn‘t like the author‘s style or the structure of the story. Other people probably will, but it wasn‘t for me. #ARC

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hes7
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#BookMail

“Was he New York City‘s last pirate . . . or its first gangster? This is the true story of the bloodthirsty underworld legend who conquered Manhattan, dock by dock—for fans of Gangs of New York and Boardwalk Empire.”

JaclynW Oooooh! Interesting! 8mo
Itchyfeetreader Love the cover 8mo
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Maude
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Pickpick

I really liked this ARC I received from a #goodreadsgiveaway. I learned a lot and it read like a novel, I'd highly recommend for fans of true crime, old NYC, Erik Larson /Jon Krakauer.

KatieDid927 I won this one too! On my pile for soon haha. 9mo
Maude @KatieDid927 , I hope you like it as much as I did :) 9mo
Moony What a cool candle! 9mo
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Maude @Moony Thank you, it was a gift from my Dad :) 9mo
CouronneDhiver That candle is really awesome. My grandpa would love it! 9mo
Nute I‘ve never seen a candle like that before. It‘s really cool! 4mo
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