Join us on the Crowdcast platform for an event with award-winning photographer and local author Jana Marcus in conversation with journalist Wallace Baine as they discuss the thrilling story in her new book, Line of Blood: Uncovering a Secret Legacy of Mobsters, Money, and Murder.
Read more about Line of Blood in The Good Times.
When a newspaper article about a murdered mobster from the 1940s is discovered in her grandmother's secret drawer, award-winning photographer and author Jana Marcus is launched into a decades-long quest to uncover her family's hidden history and solve a 75-year-old cold-case. But the search is a mere prologue to a far greater puzzle that takes her deep into the origins of her Jewish immigrant roots, corruption at the highest levels of New York's justice system, and a dark underworld of racketeers, gamblers, and self-made millionaires – all leading to one of the greatest unsolved murders in mob history.
From lies and sealed records to mysterious phone calls and revelations, her labyrinthine journey examines the complexity of family, eerie messages from beyond the grave, and the greed that drives men to murder. Accompanied by a retired NYPD detective, a crime scene psychic, and a revolving door of characters, Marcus' search culminates in an explosive on-the-ground investigation, as she uncovers the shocking secrets of her father's family and threads together a history, not only of her clan, but of New York itself.
Jana Marcus is the author of two photodocumentary books, In The Shadow Of The Vampire: Reflections from the World of Anne Rice and Transfigurations, which received the Gold Award for Best LGBT Non-Fiction Book of 2012 by the Independent Book Awards of New York. She is a multi-award-winning photographer based in Santa Cruz County. For more information please visit www.janamarcus.com.