Synopses & Reviews
BLACK HATS is the untold story, rooted in factual speculation, of two of the most notorious men of the early 20th century--Wyatt Earp and Al Capone. Earp made his name in his younger days, serving as a lawman who was well known for bending the law where he saw fit, and shooting first and asking questions later. But it's a little-known fact that Earp spent the last twenty years of his life as a private detective in Los Angeles. So when his best friend, Doc Holliday's, mistress implores the aging lawman to track down her and Holliday's errant son in Manhattan, Earp willingly takes the case. His task: to convince the young man to give up his ill-advised involvement in organized crime and bootlegging.
Earp enlists his old friend, Bat Masterson, who's now a sportswriter, and delves deep into the world of the New York mafia, where he comes across a young Alphonse Capone. Earp and Masterson, men who earned their names in the rough and tumble, lawless world of decades before, set their sights on liberating a young man from the ruthless thug Capone and his gang. The showdown between two of the most storied, and feared, personalities in American history will be a blockbuster tale for fans of crime writing and historical fiction alike.
The world has changed around Wyatt Earp since his glory days as a lawman in the wide-open towns of the Western frontier. Now in his golden years, he's a private detective in Los Angeles—and the mistress of his late partner Doc Holliday wants him to help turn Doc's errant son away from the shady path he's chosen to walk in New York City. And there's another good reason for Earp to mount an iron horse headed for the wild, wild East: a reunion with his old friend Bat Masterson, who's traded in his shooting iron for a sportswriter's pen.
But a new breed of big city badmen roars in the '20s—organized cold-killers toting machine guns in lieu of six-shooters. And in the midst of the Jazz Age glitter, two aging, legendary enforcers could be headed for their final showdown with a brutal, hot-headed young gangster . . . named Al Capone.
This brilliant, original thriller re-creates an exciting and dangerous time in American history and brings together two of the biggest personalities in crime history--Wyatt Earp, who's now in his golden years, and Al Capone, a hotheaded young gangster.
About the Author
Patrick Culhane is the pseudonym of acclaimed author Max Allan Collins, who has been dubbed "Mystery's Renaissance Man." His New York Times bestsellers include his graphic novel Road to Perdition, basis of the Academy Award-winning film, and the movie novels Saving Private Ryan and American Gangster.