A Brotherhood Betrayed: A Review

A Brotherhood Betrayed: The Man Behind the Rise and Fall of Murder, Inc. By Michael Cannell is a biography of Abe Reles. Abe Reles; aka, Kid Twist. It also details the rise and fall of prominent mobsters in the 1930s, who formed a branch called Murder, Inc.  This group headed by Reles would kill anyone who was a threat to the mob.

An Education in Mob History

Besides watching a few moving like Goodfellas and Casino, I didn’t know much about the history of the mob in the United States. Yet, as I read this, “A Brotherhood Betrayed,” I was surprised to find the names in it so familiar. And the way that various mafia groups united into one nationwide syndicate was intriguing.

So Many Mobsters

Because of this, some people might find keeping track of the characters in “A Brotherhood Betrayed.” I had to use the Kindle X-Ray feature a few times to remind myself of who certain characters were, but overall, remembering who was who wasn’t difficult. This is probably because the mobsters each had their own unique qualities, which Cannell did an excellent job describing.

Dreams of a Brotherhood Betrayed

I appreciated that Cannell didn’t glorify the mob nor condemn it. Readers can draw their own conclusions based on the facts. He wrote the narrative in a voice that could easily come from a mafioso’s lips. Despite being a biography, it felt more like a fast-paced mob movie. In fact, Cannell’s writing was so vivid that I found myself dreaming about the story the week that I read it.

I give “A Brotherhood Betrayed” 5 stars and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys true crime books and Crime history. It’s available on Amazon.com.

Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, and Minotaur Books for providing me with a complimentary electronic copy of this book.

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About Heather Erickson

I am an author, writer, speaker, and widowed mom of 3. Since doctors diagnosed my husband, Dan, with stage IV lung cancer in 2012, I’ve focused my writing and speaking on helping cancer patients, and their families advocate for themselves and live life to the fullest, despite their illness. My goal is to help people face cancer with grace. My books are available at Amazon.com:

The Memory Maker’s Journal 

Facing Cancer as a Friend: How to Support Someone Who Has Cancer

Facing Cancer as a Parent: Helping Your Children Cope with Your Cancer

I also blog about living with cancer at Facing Cancer with Grace.


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  1. Sounds like the kind of book people who enjoy the mafia and that era would enjoy.

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