The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight: A Novel

Paperback | September 1, 1997

byJimmy BreslinAs told byJimmy Breslin

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It was a big bestseller when it was originally published in 1969. It became a major motion picture that provided Robert DeNiro with his first film role. Its title has entered into the language as a catch phrase. And it's terrific fun!

The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight is the story of Papa Baccala, a Brooklyn Mafia boss, and Kid Sally Palumbo, a would-be capo who "couldn't run a gas station at a profit even if he stole the customers' cars". There's also Kid Sally's grandmother, who will go to extravagant lengths to see her boy make his mark. A love interest? Sure. Kid Sally's sister tumbles for an artistic type who rides a bicycle and has recently arrived from Calabria...

The high adventure begins with a six-day bike race that is only partly responsible for a rash of obituary notices reading: "Died. Suddenly". Eventually it all gets worked out in fine Sicilian fashion -- and, in the end, everybody gets his, in a manner of speaking.

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It was a big bestseller when it was originally published in 1969. It became a major motion picture that provided Robert DeNiro with his first film role. Its title has entered into the language as a catch phrase. And it's terrific fun!The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight is the story of Papa Baccala, a Brooklyn Mafia boss, and Kid Sall...

Jimmy Breslin was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary in 1986. Through the last four decades, his columns have appeared in various New York City newspapers and have been syndicated nationwide. He is the author of Damon Runyon: A Biography and several bestselling novels, among them The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straig...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.62 inPublished:September 1, 1997Publisher:Little, Brown And Company

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316111740

ISBN - 13:9780316111744

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