I received this book free from the author. All opinions are my own
Paperback: 214 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 6, 2016)
Book descriptionWhy would anyone want to be a gangster? “I wanted the respect, the women, and the money” – Sidney Heard. Raised in a mob-controlled suburb of Chicago, Sidney Heard grew up wanting to be a gangster. He was on probation by the age of thirteen, and continued building his criminal resume over the next half a century. He was a professional arsonist for nearly twenty years; escaped from jail twice; ran a gold scandal grossing over a quarter of a million dollars, and that’s just to name a few of his illegal escapades. To top it off, he played a role in one of the most important Supreme Court Decisions of all time (Gideon vs. Wainwright). Sidney’s underworld connections ran from the Chicago-based Italians, to the Mexican Mafia. He even worked undercover for the Federal Government at one point in his life. However, all of Sidney’s so-called glory would come with a price. While working undercover for the F.B.I. D.E.A., Sidney became hooked on drugs. He soon found himself staring at 125 years of jail time , a massive criminal record, and pushing his fiftieth birthday. Can a career criminal change? “One of the few books written that gives the reader an insight into the criminal mind” – Retired FBI Agent Egelston
Meet the author - Synova LantreliSynova Cantrell is a true crime writer/blogger, fiction writer, and children’s book author. As a freelance journalist, her works could be seen online at ehow.com, livestrong.com/lifestyle, hubpages.com, and amykitchenerfdn.org and in five regional publications. Deeply concerned with illiteracy in America’s youth, Synova took her children’s book The Sleepy Little Sun and spoke in schools state-wide about the importance of reading. As a motivational speaker, Synova has encouraged fellow writers at local conferences, presided over a local writers’ guild, and spoke at writing workshops. For more information of her many projects or to follow her true crime blog, log on to www.synovaink.com
I thought this was a very interesting book. This book held my attention from the first page and did not stop until the end. You can tell by reading it that the author really did her research. I liked her writing style as well as I thought the book flowed nicely. It shows in the little details. Sidney wanted so bad to be in the mob that he committed a number of crimes trying to prove he could do it. He was a very smart man and it showed in the crimes he committed and how some of them played out. All he really wanted was to be a gangster and he spent his life with that goal in mind. I think no matter what he put his mind to he could have done he just chose the criminal path. I am glad I got the chance to read this book and learn about Sidney Heard.