BOOK REVIEW: OUT OF CABRINI
Just out of prison Lonnie Huggins visits his boss Cecil Jones who as an act of loyalty to his goon taking the fall silently assigns him to open the Minnesota branch of the Cabrini Green Gang drug operations. He also gives Lonnie four kilos to start. Before leaving town, Lonnie beats up his girlfriend Latricia Gibbons who, knowing how safe she was when he was behind bars, informs her friend Chicago cop Stacey MacBeth that her boyfriend is carrying a gun; a clear violation of his patrol.
Panicking that he left the stash hidden in his vehicle, Lonnie sends his associate to buy the car at auction. However, Jimmy Lewicki of the City Auto Pound already sold the BMW under the table to local businessman Robert Starr, who gives it as a present to his mistress. As the Huggins segment of the Cabrini Green Gang kills anyone in their way of regaining the vehicle, the Cabrini Tactical Force of the police battle to get to the car before someone else is dead.
Fans of wild police procedurals will want to ride along with the Cabrini Tactical Force as they follow a trail of corpses due to the under the table sale of Huggins’ BMW. The story line is action packed starting from the moment Stacey’s partner Zito gets his tongue pierced and never slows down until after the final confrontation between the police and the gang. OUT OF CABRINI makes quite a case that the war on drugs is as dangerous as ever as urban warfare with” guerilla” tactics place cops and bystanders in peril at all times.
REVIEWED BY HARRIET KLAUSNER
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