Tuesday, July 9, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM EDT
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Join us Tuesday July 9th as we welcome author Peter Houlahan 

Join us Tuesday July 9th at 7:00pm with Connecticut author Peter Houlahan as he discusses and signs his new book, Norco '80: The True Story of the Most Spectacular Bank Robbery in American History. You can save a spot or pre-order the book below. 

The New York Times named the book on their "Summer Reads" list!

From the publisher:

Peter Houlahan brings to life the story of how five heavily armed young men, led by an apocalyptic born-again Christian, attempted a bank robbery that turned into one of the most violent criminal events in U.S. history, forever changing the face of American law enforcement.

A group of landscapers transforms into a murderous gang of bank robbers armed to the teeth with military-grade weapons. Their desperate getaway turned the surrounding towns into war zones. When it was over, three were dead and close to twenty wounded; a police helicopter was forced down from the sky, and thirty-two police vehicles were destroyed by thousands of rounds of ammo. The resulting trial shook the community to the core, raising many issues that continue to face society today: from the epidemic of post-traumatic stress disorder within law enforcement to religious extremism and the militarization of local police forces.
"On May 9, 1980, what we usually happens only in action-thriller movies came to life in Orange Country, California. I don't usually read true crime, but Houlahan's writing pulled me in. While reading this meticulously researched and documented account, I could almost smell the gunpowder, hear the cacophony of gunfire making my ears ring, and see the dust clear as the largest crime scene in American history came into view. Documented here is how an attempted bank robbery and its subsequent trial would forever change a town, its people, and law enforcement nationwide. The crime and court case may have been an unbelievable firestorm catastrophe, but this book is pitch-perfect." --Shannon Alden, Literati Bookstore (Ann Arbor, MI)

“A guns-blazing account of a crime that changed American law enforcement’s readiness for violence in the extreme.” - Joseph Wambaugh, The Onion Field

“One of the best true crime accounts ever written. Harrowing, incisive, and important.” - Tod Goldberg, Gangsterland

About the author: Peter Houlahan holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. In his career as an emergency medical technician, he has contributed to a number of articles related to his profession, including the impact of PTSD on first responders. A native Southern Californian, Houlahan now lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Norco '80 is his first book.