Walrus with a Gold Tooth
In the two decades between the Second World War and the Great Alaska Earthquake, Anchorage grew by a factor of 10. Money was, quite literally, washing down the street. The economic boom was so great that all you needed to make a million dollars was a cash register.
At the same time, Anchorage was one of the few cities in America where organized crime never got a firm foothold. Uptown, downtown, out of town, the locals were clever enough to keep the East Coast families out.
A WALRUS WITH A GOLD TOOTH is a fictionalized version of crime in Anchorage over these two decades and a step-by-step history of how the local squeezed out the mob before it ever made it in. And if you know your Anchorage history, you just might be able to determine which characters are actual people whose names have been changed to protect the guilty.
About Steve Levi (Anchorage, Alaska Author)
Steve Levi is a freelance writer and historian in Anchorage, Alaska. He has more than 80 books in print and on Kindle. His motto is "If you do not have something unique you have nothing at all." He specializes in unique stories -- nonfiction and fiction. As an example for nonfiction, he wrote the first book on the CLARA NEVADA, an Alaska Gold Rush ship that sank in 1898 and came back up in 1908 -- less 100,000 ounces of gold. For fiction, he invented the 'impossible crime,' a plotline where the detective has to discover HOW the crime was committed before he can capture the perpetrators. THE MATTER OF THE DESERTED AIRLINER
An airplane with no pilot, crew or passengers lands at Anchorage International Airport. As the authorities are pondering the circumstances of the arrival, a ransom demand is made for $25 million in diamonds and precious stones.
THE MATTER OF THE VANISHING GREYHOUND
An impossible crime set in San Francisco where four bank robbers escape with a dozen hostages, $10 million in cash and the contents of all safety deposit boxes. They demand a Greyhound bus in which to escape, and with the police following, vanish after they drive onto the Golden Gate Bridge.
THE MATTER OF THE DEMATERIALIZING ARMORED CAR
An empty armored car under guard disappears in a tunnel. What does it have to do with the disappearance of $10 million in cash of state legal federally illegal money from a locked vault in the armored car company?