Please join us for our next Book Club discussion via Zoom on Monday, June 27, 2022 at 7:30 PM. The selection is Accidental Gangster: Dutch Schultz and Me by Harriet Goodman Grayson. The author, Harriet Goodman Grayson, will lead our discussion and answer all of our questions. She is not charging us to speak and only asks that we purchase her book.
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Welcome to Prohibition and the Roaring Twenties. Meet Goldy Goldfarb, the “Accidental Gangster,” who is recruited by Dutch Schultz to run booze for him using his fishing boats based in the Rockaways. The isolation and the miles of unpatrolled beaches made the Rockaway, NY location very desirable for criminal activities. During those years, Goldy delivers the illegal goods to a thirsty American public for his boss. A loyal soldier for a notorious gangster, Goldy carried a gun and often feared for his life. If it wasn’t the Treasury Boys after him, it was his fellow gangsters.
Learn how an ordinary man became involved in a criminal network. Familiar names from the era are part of the story. There’s the Lower East Side contingent of Meyer Lansky, Bugsy Siegel and Lucky Luciano. Goldy’s old pals, The Brownsville Boys, are in the novel as well as the mentor to Lansky and Luciano, Arnold Rothstein, a notorious gambler who fixed the 1919 World Series.
Based on true events in the life of author Harriet Goodman Grayson’s grandfather Goldy.