This true crime memoir is set in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood in the 1950s and 1960s. It is the story of toy store owner Manny Lazar, known as the Pied Piper of South Shore; a story of the life and death of this beloved retailer, told in gritty detail by his elder daughter. It takes readers from Russian persecution to American freedom, from Hula Hoops to hit men, from murder to trial. It is the story of two children of immigrants, their American dream and the richly diverse neighborhood in which the family fell prey to gang brutality. It is a story of loss and survival, even forgiveness. Foreword by long-time customer Mandy Patinkin.
Softcover, 6 x 9, 283 pgs.