Thanks to the nice people at Coast Magazine for their great review of Gangster Nation:  Fans of Elmore Leonard will quickly devour Tod Goldberg’s latest novel, “Gangster Nation.” Based in Las Vegas and featuring the same mobster hit man-turned-rabbi from his breakout hit, “Gangsterland,” this worthy follow-up sees Goldberg fine-tune his signature mix of dark humor, violent crime, Talmudic wisdom and suburban satire.

The nice folks at the Orange County Register weigh in on Gangster Nation: “In the new book, Cupertine-Cohen is planning his escape from both his past and present, hoping to be reunited with his wife and son for a fresh start far from anyone that’s ever known him, but as the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 occur, his world and the world at large are turned upside down, his life and future thrown into jeopardy. It’s a thriller that walks a neat path from funny to frightening, its characters motivated by the overlapping codes of criminality and religion.”

A new interview with Tod with Terry Ambrose is live now. Secrets are revealed! Goldberg said he’s not a terribly religious person, but in the process of writing both Gangsterland and Gangster Nation he researched Judaism and what his character would learn when becoming a rabbi. “I needed that so when he is challenged by something in his fake life, I’d have a general sense of what he’d know as a rabbi at that point in time. The result is that I now have a lot of Talmudic wisdom floating around in my head at all times…paired up with lots of inventive ways to kill people. It’s a difficult proposition, Read more

If you buy one book for the holidays, it should probably be Gangster Nation…but if you buy two books, then you must buy The Usual Santas, an anthology of dark holiday tales from Soho Press, featuring Tod’s story “Blue Memories Start Calling.” Publishers Weekly things the book is “the perfect holiday gift for mystery fans.”

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 Read more

The good people at Desert Companion — the magazine of KNPR in Las Vegas — asked about how hard it is to think about bad, bad things all day long: September 1 sees the publication of Gangster Nation, by novelist and former Las Vegan Tod Goldberg, the follow-up to his Vegas-set best-seller Gangsterland. What’s important about the setting isn’t just where, but when: September 2001. Obviously, a lot of themes come together in the narrative, but at its most elemental level, it’s about a mob hitman, Sal Cupertine, who’s masquerading as Las Vegas rabbi David Cohen while doing favors for his old masters — and who wants out. Complications ensue. Read more

Excited to finally be able to announce something that has been cooking for a little while: the great team behind the gangster epic PEAKY BLINDERS is now charged with bringing the adventures of Sal Cupertine & the Rabbi David Cohen to television. From Publishers Marketplace: Tod Goldberg’s GANGSTERLAND, the story of Sal Cupertine, hit man for the Chicago mob, whose assassination of three undercover FBI agents lands him in Las Vegas under the identity of Rabbi David Cohen, optioned by Caryn Mandabach Productions with Michael Besman to executive produce, by Judi Farkas Management on behalf of Jennie Dunham at Dunham Literary and by Susan Waddell of behalf of Caryn Mandabach Productions. The Read more

We’re getting geared up here for the release of Gangster Nation with a slate of events, kicking off this fall with a series of signings, conversations, and readings. Even more events will be added soon, but here’s where you can find Tod starting in September: September 14, 2017 Los Angeles, CA Skylight Books 7:30pm with David Ulin   September 15, 2017 San Diego, CA Mysterious Galaxy 7:30pm with Jim Ruland    September 18, 2017 Portland, OR Powell’s on Hawthorne 7:30pm with Ben Loory   September 21, 2017 Chicago, IL The Book Cellar 7pm with Gina Frangello   October 5, 2017 Oakland, CA East Bay Booksellers (the artist formerly known as Read more

Excited to report that Gangster Nation will be published in England by the great people at No Exit Press, home of James Sallis, Robert Parker, Dashiell Hammett, Bill Beverly, Vu Tran, and everyone else who has ever killed someone in a book, just about. Release date TBA.

More good news! Publishers Weekly has weighed in on Gangster Nation and they were impressed! Offbeat doesn’t begin to describe Goldberg’s impressive sequel to 2014’s Gangsterland. Mafia leader Sal Cupertine escaped arrest by hiding in the back of a refrigerated meat truck after murdering three undercover FBI agents and an informant in Chicago. Now, he’s successfully reinvented himself as Rabbi David Cohen in Las Vegas, where he’s found that not being Jewish “had ceased, over time, to be a problem.” He has successfully faked his way into the job, officiating over life cycle events and dispensing nuggets of wisdom. Goldberg’s sections on Cupertine/Cohen’s relationship with his wealthy flock, which includes Read more