The Road to Perdition by Max Allan Collins (2004)

Description: Rock Island, Illinois – 1929. Michael O’Sullivan is a good father and a family man – and also the chief enforcer for John Looney, the town’s Irish Godfather of crime. As Looney’s “Angel of Death,” O’Sullivan has done the bidding of Chicago gangsters Al Capone and Frank Nitti as well – but when a gangland execution spells tragedy for the O’Sullivan family, a grieving father and his adolescent son find themselves on a winding road of treachery, revenge, and revelation.

Review: This was most definitely an interesting historical graphic novel. Having grown up near the Chicago area, I am well acquainted with the mobsters in the book. It was interesting to see them woven into this most interesting gangland that Collins created. There is also an underlying lesson about who we truly find to be evil based on their actions. Even though this story takes place back during the depression, it still is something we can learn from today. A really great read, especially if you enjoy mysteries or noir.

Score: 3.5 out of 5


About Michelle

I'm a Midwest girl who has landed herself on the east coast. I spend my days in libraryland. My passion/specialty is graphic novels, manga, and anime. For a few weekends of the year you will find me at an anime convention somewhere on the east coast.

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