The Great Family Secrets As Unraveled By One Man

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New book divulges homicide detective Jimmy Jack’s inside memoir of organized crime, murder, and the Chicago mob

When imprisoned and long established Chicago mob insider Frank Calabrese, Jr. offered to testify against his own father, the feared patriarch and hit man Frank Calabrese, Sr., the fall of the Chicago mob was set into motion. So began the path that led to the great Family Secrets multiple murder trial that brought down some of the most feared mob figures in the Chicago Syndicate history. Readers will get a firsthand look into one of the most sensational mob cases as retired homicide detective James “Jimmy” Jack and author Eldon Ham collaborate to stir the publishing world with The Last Dance: Family Secrets and the Chicago Mob, their newly released book made available though Xlibris.

Jimmy Jack grew up in the Chicago neighborhoods with many of Chicago's future crime figures. During his career as a homicide detective, he was thrust into one of the most famous Chicago murder cases of the 1950s when three young Chicago boys suddenly disappeared. A personal memoir of Jack, The Last Dance offers behind-the-scenes stories regarding the personalities and events behind the great Family Secrets mob trial. He attended every day of the trial, recording key testimony of such mob luminaries as Joey Lombardo, Frank Calabrese, Sr., and Frank Calabrese, Jr., and multiple other accused mob insiders who were either defendants or prosecution witnesses. What makes this journal interesting is the fact that Jack not only investigated and arrested many of the mob figures behind the Family Secrets investigation, he grew up with some of them in the neighborhoods.

“The Last Dance covers Jack’s life story, punctuated with additional Chicago mob history,” shares co-author Eldon Ham. “We tried to tell Jimmy’s story not only from his perspective as a witness to the Family Secrets trial, but as a personal participant in Chicago mob history from five decades earlier, spicing his accounts of the trial testimony with Jack’s own experience, observations, and mob stories.”

An intense documentation of one man’s perilous journey, The Last Dance is more than just a title; it is a euphemism for the breathtaking Family Secrets trial, the most significant mob prosecution since Al Capone himself, uniquely embellished by the gritty, personal back story told from Jimmy Jack’s singular perspective.

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The Last Dance * by James Jack and Eldon Ham
Family Secrets and the Chicago Mob
Publication Date: February 28, 2011
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 341 pages; 978-1-4535-8498-9
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 341 pages; 978-1-4535-8499-6
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4535-8500-9

Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7879. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (610) 915-0294 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7879.

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