By Gil Brewer
The best of the style. nice book.
"He shot Jake Halloran within the head, then became to me, smiling, the Luger held loosely in his correct hand.
“Hello, pal,” he stated. “My name’s Ralph Angers. What’s yours?”
That’s how I met him, this grave-looking, clean-cut, completely mad younger guy, who walked via my city with a gun, leaving a wake of tears and soreness and homicide in the back of him."
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That Rossetti wouldn’t trust him upsets Royce but he receives even more disturbing news from another former member of the Rossetti gang. When Royce had been released from prison several months after the Gardner theft and returned to East Boston to try to find out who was responsible, Mark Rossetti, Stephen’s cousin, alerted the FBI that Royce was asking questions about the Gardner heist. As had happened to him when he was barely a teenager, when he learned that John Royce was not really his father, the revelation that a member of the gang to which he had shown such allegiance and loyalty had informed on him was crushing to Royce.
I considered breaking the glass, but I knew it would have set off an alarm. And there was no way we’d be able to get away in time with that piece of equipment. ” Thankfully, keeping the windows locked was one security precaution the museum always maintained. Although they may not have known about the incident with the cherry-picker, the FBI knew of Royce’s interest in robbing the Gardner from their undercover encounter with him and the Rossettis trying to sell the valuable prints they had stolen from the Newton home.
He quickly began running numbers for bookies like the infamous Ilario Zannino (aka Larry Baione), who rose to become one of Boston’s biggest organized crime figures. And Royce, and his inimitable abilities as a thief, were remembered by them. When Zannino was being prosecuted for bookmaking at a local district court, Royce and an associate broke into the courthouse during a weekend night in 1970, picked the lock on the evidence safe, and stole the cash and other incriminating records seized in Zannino’s arrest.
A Killer Is Loose by Gil Brewer