Although this heading mainly covers the more notorious American gangsters, we also include books on Prohibition, Bank Robberies, Drug Markets
and the British and European underworld.
A few examples of typical titles that have appeared in this category:
Edge: RUN THE CAT ROADS.
A True Story of Bank Robbers in the 30’s.
viii+246pp+illustrated endpapers. Nr Fine in d/w. Dembner Books, New York. 1981.
The background to some amazing robberies, the characters and the chases down the “cat roads” which they used for their
escapes. One attempt to free a prisoner resulted in a shocking mass murder in Kansas City and in another robbery an Oklahoman oilman was held for a $200,000 ransom. The
story of the Depression when criminals became heroes and one robber’s irate mother declared “Hell sheriff, bank robbin’ ain’t hardly no crime at all!” Includes Index.
Quimby: THE DEVIL’S EMISSARIES.
303pp+illus. VG in slightly worn d/w. A. & S. Barnes, N.J. 1969.
Stories of some notorious criminals who have become legends, whilst their victims are long forgotten. Includes the
careers of Ma Barker; Bonnie & Clyde; Pretty Boy Floyd; Machine Gun Kelly; Alvin Karpis, John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson. Covers their early lives, crimes and fate as well
as stories of the law officers faced with bringing them to justice.
Toland: THE DILLINGER DAYS.
x+371pp+illus. VG in slightly worn d/w. Random House, New York. 1963.
The classic book covering the incredible thirteen months during the 1930s when Dillinger and his contemporaries such
as Bonnie & Clyde, Ma Barker and Pretty Boy Floyd terrorised America. A detailed account of Dillinger’s short but significant career, his daring escapes and countless bank
robberies – eluding lawmen through half a dozen states only to die on a Chicago sidewalk. Includes 16 pages of photographs and Index.