In the wake of the 1932 Lindbergh kidnapping, gunman Jimmy Quinn leaves his midtown speakeasy to guard an ex-gangster’s beautiful young wife and son. He has no idea what’s really happening.
The 1932 Lindbergh baby kidnapping provides the backdrop for film expert Mayo's gritty first novel. Jimmy Quinn, who has a long record on the wrong side of the law, admits, "I've been a thief, a bootlegger, a bagman.... I was in on the fix of a World Series." After the abduction of the aviator's son, an old friend of Quinn's, Walter Spencer who's gone straight summons Quinn to his New Jersey home. Spencer's wife is frantic that their little Ethan will be the next child snatched. Since Spencer has some imminent out-of-state business travel, Quinn agrees to keep Ethan safe and secure. Another attempt to kidnap a child and the nailing of a man to a tree raise the ante. Mayo (American Murder: Criminals, Crime, and the Media) persuasively portrays such real-life mobsters as Meyer Lansky and Lucky Luciano in a tale sure to appeal to fans of Max Allan Collins's gangster historicals.