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Hell-Bent

One Man's Crusade to Crush the Hawaiian Mob
Narrated by: Keith Sellon-Wright
Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
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World-class beaches, fragrant frangipani, swaying palms, and hula girls. Most folks think of Hawaii as a vacation destination. Mob-style executions, drug smuggling, and vicious gang warfare are seldom part of the postcard image. Yet, Hawaii was once home to not only Aloha spirit, but also a ruthless, homegrown mafia underworld. From 1960 to 1980, Hawaiian gangsters grew rich off a robust trade in drugs, gambling, and prostitution that followed in the wake of Hawaii's tourist boom. 

Thus, by 1980 - the year Charles Marsland was elected Honolulu's top prosecutor - the honeymoon island paradise was also plagued by violence, corruption, and organized crime. The zeal that Marsland brought to his crusade against the Hawaiian underworld was relentless, self-destructive, and very personal. Five years earlier, Marsland's son had been gunned down. His efforts to bring his son's killers to justice - and indeed, eradicate the entire organized criminal element in Hawaii - make for an extraordinary tale that culminates with intense courtroom drama.

Hawaii Five-O meets Wiseguy in author Jason Ryan's vigorously reported chronicle of brazen gangsters, brutal murders, and a father's quest for vengeance - all set against an unlikely backdrop of seductive tropical beauty.

©2019 Jason Ryan (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Very well done.

I lived in Honolulu when this crime occurred, and knew the victim.

I found the book well-organized and well-written - the author manages to convey the flavor of 1970's-1980's Hawaii concisely and accurately. He also manages to convey the ghastliness and horror of the crime, as well as the long-term consequences of the victim's fathers' efforts for reform.

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  • 05-16-19

If you voted for trump this book is for you!

Sucked ... Big time ...the author is obviously blindly totally in love with his subject.

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