Jimmy Breslin

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I Don't Want to Go to Jail - signed first edition - 2001


Jimmy Breslin biography

Jimmy Breslin was a renowned American journalist and author, born on October 17, 1928, in Jamaica, Queens, New York City. Throughout his illustrious career, Breslin became known for his distinctive and often gritty writing style, capturing the essence of New York City and its diverse characters. Raised in a working-class Irish-American family, Breslin began his career in journalism at an early age. He started as a copyboy at the New York Journal-American and later worked for various newspapers, including the New York Herald Tribune and the New York Daily News. His columns, characterized by their conversational tone and keen observations, resonated with readers, earning him a devoted following.

One of Breslin's most notable works was his coverage of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Instead of focusing solely on the official events, Breslin chose to tell the story from the perspective of the average person, particularly the gravedigger at Kennedy's burial site. This approach earned him widespread acclaim and solidified his reputation as a unique and compassionate storyteller. In 1986, Breslin received the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for his columns, which often tackled social issues, politics, and the human condition. He was also a versatile writer, having authored numerous books, both fiction and non-fiction. One of his best-known works is The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight, a satirical novel that humorously depicted the world of organized crime.

Jimmy Breslin's career was marked by a commitment to giving a voice to the ordinary people who often went unnoticed. His writing style was distinct, characterized by a straightforward and empathetic approach. Breslin continued to contribute to journalism until his passing on March 19, 2017, leaving behind a legacy of impactful storytelling and a unique perspective on the vibrant tapestry of New York City.


I Don't Want to Go to Jail

Fausti 'the Fist' Dellacava is the most feared mobster in all of Gotham. But running the family business is proving to be problematic as the Feds start closing in. So what's a mobster to do to stay out of the slammer? Fausti chooses to go down the insanity route.



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