Pork and Beans
by Ralph Marco
Pork and Beans is a thrilling journey into gangland Chicago set in the 1950’s in the waning days of the absolute power and corruption of the gang controlled streets. This story is a collection of memories about true stories and/or actual events from one man who relates his efforts to leave the organized crime environment of the infamous “Melrose Park;” and his life of criminal cronies to begin a new and “normal life.”
The story is an incredible and revealing narrative about life on the inside of the ‘gritty gangland lifestyle’. It is a compelling and contemporary accounting that brings forth an array of emotions; beginning with a painful and barren childhood, to the streets of crime and the most notorious gangster criminals from the annals of Chicago history.
Johnny Altier finds “normal life” boring and far less fruitful than his former lifestyle and income. He struggles daily with day to day events and earnings; finally emerging with this collection of funny, compelling, womanizing, sometimes gruesome and heartless stories!
- Ralph Marco, December 2011
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