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When Corruption Was King: How I Helped the Mob Rule Chicago, Then Brought the Outfit Down by Robert Cooley

Carroll & Graf
Category: Book Reviews
Subcategory: True Crime
Price: $10.85
Average Rating:
(8 Votes)

We all know someone like him. The kid in grammar school that was the school bully, the popular dude in high school, and the fantastic party host in college. Meet Robert Cooley. He's from a large family in Chicago. His father was a straight-laced Chicago Police Sergeant as well as his grandfather. However, that was not Robert's initial plans. They grew up poor, and always struggling. After working mindless, low paying jobs he decided to do what many do: sign-up with the Chicago Police Department. The job opens his eyes to many personalities, working with the public and even corruption on the force. Bobby eventually focused on goign through law school and became one of the most elite criminal lawyers possesing both intellect and common sense. Yet he fell into Chicago corruption and the mob and paid for it: both in cash and almost with his life. But it was dying father's wish that turned it all around. Cooley writes this book and holds no bones about all he did: good and bad. It's a must read that will drawn you into what he went through ...

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    leomemorial, Wed, 12 Dec 2007 02:43:06 UTC.
    1st review

    I've had the chance to speak to Robert and he has become a good friend. He has answered many tough questions that I had asked him quite honestly.

    His grandfather, CPD, was killed in the line of duty and Bobby was almost as well.

    When I invited him here, he immediately joined to support the police memorial.

    Robert Cooley is a proud Policelink member.

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    WAG923, Tue, 24 Jun 2008 07:43:48 UTC.

    Haven't read yet.

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    lemo, Mon, 22 Sep 2008 14:44:43 UTC.

    Havent read it but sounds like my kinda book

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    Anonymous, Mon, 17 Nov 2008 06:34:01 UTC.

    good book

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    Anonymous, Fri, 04 Sep 2009 07:21:56 UTC.

    I lived on the South side for a few years.Accurate.

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    Slappy23, Mon, 14 Sep 2009 20:13:04 UTC.

    Real interesting book and a great character study, not just of the mob, but of a lawyer torn between two lives. It's not the best mob book, but it is a refreshing take on the subject.

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    sirengirl55, Tue, 26 Jul 2011 18:25:18 UTC.

    more reading

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    lanier38345, Sat, 22 Dec 2012 05:30:33 UTC.

    Reading this book is one of the best for sure.

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