by Jon Blackwell

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Praise and reviews

“Blackwell has a keen eye for the amusing, the intriguing and, ultimately, disturbing side of New Jersey’s past. Each of the 100 stories is a tightly packed case of dynamite that highlights irony and poetic justice. … History may repeat itself, but there is hardly a dull moment ” — Asbury Park (N.J.) Press

“Hard to pass up, whether you start at the beginning or jump around, oohing and aahing as the stories and photos stir up some occasionally creepy and sometimes amusing memories.” — The Record (Bergen County, N.J.)

“Makes a decent case that, when it comes to powerful gangsters and mob rubouts, New Jersey mobsters often rise to the level — or sink to the same depths — as their Big Apple cousins across the Hudson River.” — Jerry Capeci’s Gang Land News

“The definitive guide to the dark side of our state.” — Princeton Packet

“100 tasty bites … a gift for the reader who loves history, colorful crime stories and the state second to none when it comes to spectacular political corruption.” — The Trentonian

“An entertaining guide to some of the shadiest characters in New Jersey history.” — Philadelphia City Paper

“There’s a reason Tony Soprano is from New Jersey. In ‘Notorious New Jersey,’ author Jon Blackwell shows the state’s reputation for hard cases is well deserved.” — New York Post

“New Jersey has a wonderful, rich history of corruption, amusingly documented in the new book ‘Notorious New Jersey.’ ” — WBGO (Newark)

“Through examples and anecdotes, Blackwell reviews the connection between the Garden State and 100 historic tales.” – Home News Tribune (New Brunswick, N.J.)

“Criminals, crimes and crooks who have haunted the Garden State for the past 400 years … Strong lessons from the state’s history of violence.” — The Herald News (Paterson, N.J.)

“Political wags and criminal masterminds alike get their due … the state has plenty to be scared of.” — The Hudson Reporter

“Jon Blackwell takes a walk on the wild side of New Jersey history to introduce the reader to the Garden State’s leading crooks, con men, killers, and other lowlife, all described in fast paced, entertaining style. You wouldn’t want to invite these characters into your living room, but they make for a lively reading experience.”— Marc Mappen, co-editor, Encyclopedia of New Jersey

 “Definitely take the tour–a bullet-riddled ride you won’t forget.” — Rob Polner, co-author, New York Notorious