2019 Non-fiction Book Pipeline Review
THE LAST JEWISH GANGSTER—The voice of this piece of nonfiction is impeccable. Very reminiscient of GOODFELLAS, Michael Hardy is a fascinating subject that truly commands your attention as you read. It’s easy to imagine his story getting the feature film treatment or being the basis of a compelling premium cable/streaming drama TV series. Thankfully, there’s more than enough material to mine to make either of those a legitimate reality. Having said that though, this is the type of project that will really need an A-List attachment--either a filmmaker or lead actor--in order to get it off the ground. And without that attachment built in to the pitch, it might be a bit tricky to successfully circulate this to film/TV industry members.
A biography so interesting, so intriguing, so captivating, that the reader will at times forget that this is the story of real life Michael J. Hardy, and will feel as if they have fallen into a fictional world of crime.
It is the story of a child struggling for belonging and acceptance. The first person tone of the narration gave the story a more individual touch, and hard as it seems, it also feels personal and genuine.
A fascinating glimpse into gangster Michael J. Hardy. One of my favorite books in recent times.
I’m not sure that author David S. Larson could have found a character much more interesting than Michael J. Hardy to write about, even if he tried to make him up. A heck of a story to tell, but with enough regrets to sink a ship.
When it comes to gangsters, Michael Hardy's the real thing. His is a captivating and
different kind of story.
Goodfellas, Casino Screenwriter
Wise Guy, Casino Author
A candid confession from a true criminal. Larson permits readers a peek into the psyche of a ruthless gangster. Larson writes with moving limpidity and compels readers to keep walking this long, dark road into the deep recesses of a criminal mind.
Larson wrote this story first-person rather than just writing the facts. I might not have liked Michael J. Hardy as a person, but I did not want to put down his story.
You created a brutal, bad dog character who I wanted to see win using a Hemingway-esque power of brevity. I felt like I was walking in Michael Hardy’s world the entire time.
Michael J. Hardy is difficult to forget ... or avoid. Larson entertains with a fluency equal to John Grisham.
An eye-opening journey into the life of Michael Hardy. I was entertained, horrified, and awed by the life of this Jewish kid from New York and his rise in the world of crime.
Larson takes a sympathetic look at a despicable figure, who charms the reader as the story goes on. An intense look at Michael J. Hardy’s transition from aspirational criminal to regretful inmate. A unique flavour of the criminal psyche.