Books by Jack Kelly

Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"Kelly's vigorous narrative serves well to set down the facts of a turbulent, little-known history."
In which the robber barons earn their spurs—and their sobriquets. Read full book review >
HEAVEN'S DITCH by Jack Kelly
Released: July 5, 2016

"An intriguing synthesis of American cultural and economic currents in the early 19th century, all culminating with the completion of the Erie Canal."
Historian Kelly (Band of Giants: The American Soldiers Who Won America's Independence, 2014, etc.) weaves together diverse strands of early New York state history for an improbable yet oddly compelling narrative of social, political, and religious visionaries. Read full book review >
BAND OF GIANTS by Jack Kelly
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"A rousing account of bloody sacrifice."
Journalist and historian Kelly chronicles the poorly trained but determined men who fought with George Washington and other commanders to free the North American continent from British rule in the late 18th century. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2004

"Fiery prose sparks this exciting story as the author jumps through the centuries with nimble pose and a learned eye."
Old pro Kelly (Mad Dog, 1992, etc.) pens a popular history of the powder that has toppled kingdoms and uprooted societies for centuries. Read full book review >
MOBTOWN by Jack Kelly
Released: Jan. 9, 2002

"Ike will have you thinking of Sam Spade, and you'll love him for it."
It's 1959, and Rochester ("Mobtown") is seedy, greedy, unabashedly corrupt. Read full book review >
LINE OF SIGHT by Jack Kelly
Released: Sept. 13, 2000

"A highly effective noir valentine that fans will treasure precisely for its ritualistic lack of originality."
Boy meets girl, boy sleeps with girl, girl's husband gets shot, etc. Read full book review >
MAD DOG by Jack Kelly
Released: March 1, 1992

"Kelly occasionally succumbs to the temptations of poetry and elevated style, but for the most part he is bang-on in this poignant black-and-white sketch of inept crimes, modest criminals, and gray times."
While John Dillinger roams the Midwest robbing banks and breaking hearts, a minor flimflam man takes the Hoosier as his role model and finds professional success—in this melancholy criminal study by the author of Apalachin (1987) and Protection (1989). Read full book review >