by Rich Cohen

Was he New York City’s last pirate . . . or its first gangster? This is the true story of the bloodthirsty underworld legend who conquered Manhattan, dock by dock—for fans of Gangs of New York and Boardwalk Empire.

“History at its best . . . I highly recommend this remarkable book.”—Douglas Preston, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lost City of the Monkey God

Handsome and charismatic, Albert Hicks had long been known in the dive bars and gin joints of the Five Points, the most dangerous neighborhood in maritime Manhattan. For years, he operated out of the public eye, rambling from crime to crime, working on the water in ships, sleeping in the nickel-a-night flops, drinking in barrooms where rat-baiting and bear-baiting were great entertainments.

Interview with the Author

Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady
Was the Last Pirate of New York City Its First Gangster
8/22/19        49 min

Most Notorious! A True Crime History Podcast
1860 New York City’s “Gangster Pirate” Albert Hicks w/ Rich Cohen
6/12/19      62 min

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