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On the House: The Bizare Killing of Michael Malloy (Berkley True Crime) Mass Market Paperback – 4 Oct 2005
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On the House covers the exploits of a gang of lowlifes dubbed The Murder Trust as they try to pull off a simple murder-for-insurance scheme. They had it all planned: the insurance, the murder method, and the victim. Unfortunately, they chose a victim with more lives than a Hindu cat. The holding power of this book is not the brutality of the crime or the sympathetic qualities of the victim: it's the horrified fascination as we watch this witless bunch of crooks verge on nervous breakdowns as their every attempt is met with abject failure. Their victim takes everything they serve up and keeps coming back for more.
Honestly, I started getting just as desperate. Read does an expert job of putting us in these feeble criminals' minds. He shows why each attempt should have worked, so we share the crooks' disbelief as the victim survives - not once, not twice, but dozens of times.
I've never read a true crime book like it. Neither have you. So if you're ready to set aside the serial killers and the Mobsters and read about Keystone Kriminals instead, pick up this book. And then raise a glass in honor of Mike "Iron Man" Malloy.
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In a nutshell, its an okay book to check out, but damned if the author didn't waste a golden opportunity to make something special out of this story. If for no other reason than that Michael Malloy, the unsuspecting victim, deserves more than just playing the part of a drunken slob, even if that's just what he was. The book's facts are taken straight from the trial transcripts and newspaper accounts with the author doing his best to fill in the gaps with fluff. And actually, with the bizarreness of this true crime of 1933, the best thing any author can do for this story is simply get out of the way and let it tell itself. This author pretty much accomplishes that,so I should be grateful, I suppose.
I see that Harvey Kietel was working on a movie based on the events of the Michael Malloy killing entitled "Murder Trust." If it ever comes out I'm sure it'll be a hit. We need another Bronx Tale.