With a price on his head, Irish revolutionary Henry Smart flees to the United States, arriving in New York City in 1924. At the height of Prohibition, Henry finds success as a bootlegger. However, his enterprising nature causes him to encroach on a powerful mobster's turf, which sends him running to Chicago, where he embraces the burgeoning jazz scene and becomes Louis Armstrong's bodyguard and unofficial manager. And, believe it or not, that's just the beginning in this sequel to A Star Called Henry, the middle volume in Roddy Doyle's picaresque The Last Roundup trilogy, which concludes with The Dead Republic.
I love how this book takes a character of a story and weaves him into the real history of the time.
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