I have a serious addiction. I absolutely love fiction that surrounds organized crime.
As horrific as it can be in real life, thereâ€™s something about the contrasts that show
up in fiction that have always fascinated me. Itâ€™s from that fascination that The Oâ€™Malleys
series was spawned, and there are a handful of shows and movies that I found
- The Departed â€“ When I first saw this movie, it completely blew my mind.
Layers within layers within layers. Leonardo DiCaprio gives one of my favorite
performances as an undercover cop working his way up in the Irish mob in Boston. And
Jack Nicholson is scary and charismatic and WOW as a mob boss. The fact that heâ€™s
totally okay with doing seriously bad things and then has a sort of strange loyalty to
his peopleâ€¦Yeah, itâ€™s a really great movie.
- The Blacklist â€“ Okay, so technically this isnâ€™t an organized crime
show. James Spader plays Red, whoâ€™s both a very bad man and a very compelling one. But
heâ€™s got ties to crime of all natures, so Iâ€™m counting it! But what really gets me is
that you can have this character whoâ€™s done admittedly awful thingsâ€”and continues to
do very bad thingsâ€”but heâ€™s got obvious affection for his people and his favorite FBI
agent, and that strange balance somehow makes it impossible to look away when heâ€™s on
- Eastern Promises â€“ The Russian mob has such a fascinating culture as
presented in this movie. In addition to the almost mythological aspect of the tattoos
they haveâ€”a knowledgeable person can look at a Russian mobsterâ€™s body and basically
know his life story, at least as far as his crimes goâ€”family is the end-all-be-all.
You have men who will run prostitution rings and murder people, and then attend family
dinners with their wives and children. And in the midst of that, you have this man
(Viggo!) whoâ€™s cold and cruel and yet has an honorable streak that canâ€™t be broken.
- History of Violence â€“ Another Viggo movie. This oneâ€™s focus isnâ€™t on
the mob itselfâ€”itâ€™s on the man trying to escape his past with them. You see him
fighting so hard to be â€śnormal.â€ť Heâ€™s got his wife and kids and a small town job that
he seems to enjoy. But then his past comes calling because, letâ€™s be honest, once the
mob has its hooks in you, itâ€™s not inclined to let you go. So this man who swore off
that part of himself is forced to embrace it one last time to protect the people he
- Sons of Anarchy- Okay, confessionâ€”I stopped watching this show in the
third season. Considering how the later seasons went, Iâ€™m pretty okay with this
decision (Opie is my one true love and as far as Iâ€™m concerned, he lives on). But in
the first few seasons you follow Jax as he struggles with the vision his dead father
had for their motorcycle club and the reality that is how his step-father runs it.
That struggleâ€”doing bad things while still trying to be honorable, dealing in guns but
protecting their community from predatorsâ€”is arresting in the best way possible.
As you can see, itâ€™s a somewhat of an eclectic list. There are a few common threads
that run through the whole thing, though. I love watching the conflict of bad men who
arenâ€™t all bad. A man like thatâ€¦He might just be a hero if given the chance. And
thatâ€™s the theory I applied to my Oâ€™Malleys series. None of my heroes are one hundred percent good
men, but theyâ€™re trying to beâ€”while still surviving the realities of the world that
they live in, which means being good might be a death sentence.
Katee Robert learned to tell stories at her Grandpaâ€™s knee. Her favorites then were
the rather epic adventures of The Three Bears, but at age twelve she discovered
romance novels and never looked back. Now living in Eastern Washington, she spends her
time--in between ogling men and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse--writing
speculative romance novels.
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert begins a
smoking hot new series about the O'Malley family-wealthy, powerful, dangerous and
seething with scandal.
Teague O'Malley hates pretty much everything associated with his family's name. And
when his father orders him to marry Callista Sheridan to create a "business" alliance,
Teague's ready to tell his dad exactly where he can stuff his millions. But then
Teague actually meets his new fiancĂ©e, sees the bruises on her neck and the fight
still left in her big blue eyes, and vows he will do everything in his power to
Everyone knows the O'Malleys have a dangerous reputation. But Callie wasn't aware just
what that meant until she saw Teague, the embodiment of lethal grace and coiled power.
His slightest touch sizzles through her. But the closer they get, the more trouble
they're in. Because Callie's keeping a dark secret-and what Teague doesn't know could
get him killed.
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