Litchfield Reviews Ovid Demaris’s The Hoods Take Over

“Highly engrossing, briskly paced, and with colourful and convincing characters, The Hoods Take Over is a grisly yet powerful hard-hitting crime story that shocks, fascinates and moves the reader. Those with a predilection for gangster novels should put this at the top of their reading list.”

Ovid E. Desmarais, better known as Ovid Demaris, was an acclaimed American author of historical and biographical works about the Mafia, several of which enjoyed a combined 64 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. He was also successful at writing hardboiled crime fiction. Two of his best-known novels were Candyleg, which was turned into a 1969 Italian film starring John Cassavetes, Britt Ekland and Peter Falk, and The Hoods Take Over, filmed as Gang Wars, featuring Charles Bronson.

Published in June 1957, The Hoods Take Over was Demaris’s second successful published novel in a matter of months. It’s a tautly plotted, gritty tale of gang wars, racketeering, police corruption, and the dangers faced by a murder witness who risks his life to give testimony against powerful mobsters.

Nicholas Litchfield’s review of Ovid Demaris’s excellent ‬The Hoods Take Over is published today in the Lancashire Post and syndicated to 20 newspapers in the UK. You can read the full book review here.

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