Two years ago, Andrew Gross, who previously co-authored five #1 New York Times bestselling novels with James Patterson before moving on to pen his own thrillers, switched genres.
Making the jump to historical fiction in 2016, Gross released one of the most gripping and moving novels published in the last twenty years called The One Man, a magnificent, beautifully-written story about a man who signed up to sneak into Auschwitz. Gross then followed up his brilliant 2016 showing with The Saboteur (2017), another World War II-era thriller that proved Gross is, without question, one of the finest historical fiction writers working today.
Two books into his new genre and readers and critics (including this one) have raved about Gross’ ability to tug at heartstrings while simultaneously mixing in nail-biting suspense and heart-stopping action.
In September, Gross’ all-new novel, Button Men, will hit bookstores. It’s a story set in the 1930s about an immigrant family torn apart by the birth of organized crime in New York City. See the plot details below.
Morris, Sol, and Harry Rabinowitz grew up poor but happy in a tiny flat on the Lower East Side, until the death of their father thrust them into having to fend for themselves and support their large family. Morris apprenticed himself at twelve years old to a garment cutter in a clothing factory; Sol headed to college and became an accountant; and Harry, the youngest, fell in with a gang as a teenager and can’t escape. Morris steadily climbs through the ranks at the factory until he’s running the place and buys out the owner, and Sol comes to work with him. But Harry can’t be lured away from the glamour, the power, and the money that comes from working for mobster Louis Buchalter, an old bully from the neighborhood. And when Louis sets his sights on the unions that staff the garment makers’ factories, a fatal showdown is inevitable, and puts brother against brother.
This new novel is equal parts historical thriller, rich with the detail of a vibrant New York City in the 1920s and 1930s, and family saga, based in part on Andrew Gross’s family history, and will cement his reputation as today’s most atmospheric and original historical thriller writer.