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Bernhardt, William | Nemesis | Signed First Edition Copy
Nemesis | Bernhardt, William | Signed First Edition Book

NEMESIS by William Bernhardt

First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket in archival acetate cover, signed by the author. January 2009 NY: Random House ISBN 9780345487582
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William Bernhardt delves into the life of the famous true-life crimefighter of the "Untouchables", Eliot Ness, popularly known as a vice-battling paragon of integrity - the man who put Al Capone out of business.

Once he's jailed Al Capone, what does the nation's foremost gangbuster do for an encore? His rollicking, racket-smashing days in Chicago behind him, Eliot Ness, treasury agent extraordinaire, languishes in Cleveland, restless and underchallenged. When the city fathers suggest that he quit Uncle Sam and sign on as their safety director, he's more than ready. The task? Clean up the police force, clean up the gangs and put a shine on Cleveland's reputation as one of the worst-run cities in the United States.

At first, things go well. Ness wastes no time reclaiming some 200 badges from crooked and/or gold-bricking cops. He deals serious blows to big-time gambling. He basks in the return of the glory that was his in Chicago. The press loves him. Kids ask for his autograph, and Ness does little to hide how highly he rates himself as a hero: "Right up there with Charles Lindbergh."

But the adulation and self-praise are stopped by the entrance of Andrew W. Andrassy, or rather his dismembered corpse, followed by a succession of dismembered corpses. Suddenly Ness is dodging brickbats. A terrified city demands that its heralded safety director keep it safe. Ness protests that he's not a homicide detective. Too late: Hubris is hubris.

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