SECRET FILE by Hank Messick

SECRET FILE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The fifth of newspaper reporter Messick's crimebusting crimefiles (most recently--The Silent Syndicate--1967) made possible by records of the Internal Revenue Service's Intelligence Unit--more forthcoming than those of the FBI. With many tributes to J. Edgar Hoover's opposite number there, Elmer Irey, Messick runs to ground old and newer Syndicate--d operators from Chicago to Atlantic City to Hollywood to Texas: Al Capone (who might have been instrumental in the Lindbergh case); Costello, Johnny Torrio; bookie and newspaper king, Moe Annenberg; Bernard Goldfine, ""an organized crime all by himself""; and in her own words, Virginia Hill, the ""world's best lay."" And many others proving to a degree that organized crime has always been insulated and protected by the political and economic life of the country which supports it. . . . . The Untouchable market shouldn't be too hard to finger and, of its kind, it's functional.

Pub Date: Oct. 31st, 1969
Publisher: Putnam