Aiden McCarthy enjoys thieving and scheming much more than abiding by the morals of his Catholic, Irish-American, working-class parents. He has always been a pisser, but working for the North Side Gang feeds his youthful desire for action, rebellion, and romance.
When Aiden's pa is injured in crossfire between Italian gangsters, he must balance adventure with duty to family. With his interest in the daughter of one of the Italians and a sense of justice in the midst of gangland competition, he must find his way through undercurrents of lust, social upheaval, and rebellion against Prohibition.
Aiden McCarthy's story intertwines with Irish-American gang leader Dean O'Banion, a young Alphonse Capone, John Torrio, and other historical figures in this Jazz Age tapestry to satisfy adventure-seekers, romantics and history-lovers alike.
North Side Hellion features a delightful array of interesting and relateable characters who interact with each other in realistic ways. The plot moves forward as they develop personally and as aspects of their pasts are revealed. The Chicago history is also realistic, written to allow the trends and events to shine through without an air of scandal. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and highly recommend it!