Thanks to Literary Hub for picking GANGSTER NATION as one of their must-read books of the month:
Gangster Nation is the sequel to Goldberg’s acclaimed 2014 novel Gangsterland, which told the story of former Chicago hitman Sal Cupertine’s transformation into Las Vegas Rabbi David Cohen. Cupertine’s major screwup—he killed three FBI officers and an informant—necessitated his leaving Chicago and his family for an unusual new identity overseeing a congregation in the well-heeled Vegas suburb of Summerlin. The pleasure of these books comes from the critique of institutions Cupertine/Cohen sees all around him as a criminal turned confidante. Not only religion but family (what is the mafia if not a family?) and community are dissected in Goldberg’s sharp satires, which also happen to be excellent crime novels.