Old Chicago has a new hero, the Bagman. Created by writer B.C. Bell, the Bagman is former gangster Frank McCullough who goes straight and becomes a crime-buster to protect the good people of the Windy City. These stories mix fast-paced action and humor in the finest pulp tradition.
Tales of the Bagman by B.C Bell is a book I listened to on audiobook.
Set in the 1930s Frank McCullough works for the mob but decides to protect the people of Chicago instead. Frank puts a bag over his head in order to hide his identity and calls himself 'The Bagman' evoking fear in his enemies which just happen to be the people he originally worked for after an incidence involving his uncle.
I really loved the relationship between Crankshaft, who is an auto salesman and Frank. In a way Crankshaft is his sidekick but also keeps him in check and grounded. Crankshaft is a father figure to Frank and is loyal to no end. I really enjoyed their humour.
I was glad I listened to Tales of the Bagman on audiobook rather than reading it. If I'm completely honest,if it wasn't for the narrator, Roberto Scarlato bringing the story to life and keeping me entertained with numerous character voices and his easy listening voice I don't know if I would have finished the book. Mr Scarlato has a way of bringing you into the world of 1930s Chicago with voices that I've only heard before from one of my all time favourite movies ever, The Untouchables. He brings all the characters to life that you will feel as if they are all real people existing today and forget that it's set over 80 years ago. You will be so enthralled by his voice that you won't want the story to end then you'll sigh and say 'now what'll I read/listen to?'
A great read for anyone who loves a good mob/ vigilante story laced with loyalty and humour.