The Vendetta

Boston University professor Purvis recounts the true story of his father, Melvin, once America's most famous FBI agent and the scourge of public enemies, from “Baby Face” Nelson to John Dillinger. Purvis's very success as a G-man made an enemy of his boss, J. Edgar Hoover, who, jealous of his popularity, instigated a campaign to ruin his reputation. More than just a crime story, this book is an unsettling insight into the corruption and paranoia of the FBI's powerful leader.