Friday 5/12: The Black Hand

May 09, 2017 1796

The Italian American Museum in association with the Lt. Det. Joseph Petrosino Association in America, Inc. cordially invite you to attend a book presentation and signing for "The Black Hand. The Epic War Between a Brilliant Detective and the Deadliest Secret Society in American History" by Stephen Talty, and a screening of "Mysteries at the Museum: Lt. Det. Joseph Petrosino vs. The Black Hand".

Friday, May 12th, 6:30 PM - 155 Mulberry Street (Corner of Grand and Mulberry Streets) New York, NY 10013 Light Refreshments Will Be Served

About the Book:

The gripping true story of the origins of the mafia in America—and the brilliant Italian-born detective who gave his life to stop it.

Beginning in the summer of 1903, an insidious crime wave filled New York City, and then the entire country, with fear. The children of Italian immigrants were kidnapped, and dozens of innocent victims were gunned down. Bombs tore apart tenement buildings. Judges, senators, Rockefellers, and society matrons were threatened with gruesome deaths. The perpetrators seemed both omnipresent and invisible. Their only calling card: the symbol of a black hand. The crimes whipped up the slavering tabloid press and heated ethnic tensions to the boiling point. Standing between the American public and the Black Hand’s lawlessness was Joseph Petrosino. Dubbed the “Italian Sherlock Holmes,” he was a famously dogged and ingenious detective, and a master of disguise. As the crimes grew ever more bizarre and the Black Hand’s activities spread far beyond New York’s borders, Petrosino and the all-Italian police squad he assembled raced to capture members of the secret criminal society before the country’s anti-immigrant tremors exploded into catastrophe. Petrosino’s quest to root out the source of the Black Hand’s power would take him all the way to Sicily—but at a terrible cost.

Unfolding a story rich with resonance in our own era, The Black Hand is fast-paced narrative history at its very best.

Friday, May 12th, 6:30 PM. RSVP Code: BH0512. Italian American Museum - 155 Mulberry Street (Corner of Grand and Mulberry Streets) - New York, NY 10013.
Suggested donation of $10 per person. For reservations, please call the Italian American Museum at 212.965.9000, Email: or Fax: 347.810.1028

SOURCE: Italian American Museum

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