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Norco '80: The True Story of the Most Spectacular Bank Robbery in American History | Peter Houlahan
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Norco 80 is a gripping true crime account of one of the most violent bank heists in US history. Norco 80 tells the story of how five heavily armed young menled by an apocalyptic born-again Christianattempted 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. Part action thriller and part courtroom drama, Norco 80 transports the reader back to the Southern California of the 1970s, an era of predatory evangelical gurus, doomsday predictions, megachurches, and soaring crime rates, with the threat of nuclear obliteration looming over it all. 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.
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#AyUpAugust Even though I‘ve had a busy weekend, I couldn‘t #stop reading this book. A riveting account of one of the wildest bank heists on US soil and craziest trials to determine the guilt of the Narco 3. I thought journalist Peter Houlahan did a great job of recreating the chaos and timeline of events, making for a compelling and captivating read.

vivastory Thanks for tagging me. This sounds fantastic. I will definitely be adding to my BOTM box next month! 2mo
Megabooks So did the trial eventually get exciting because I got kinda bored at the start of that. I‘ll pick it back up if it does. Glad you liked it!! 2mo
MicheleinPhilly @vivastory It‘s also available on Hoopla. 2mo
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Cinfhen I really enjoyed the trial more than the bank heist @Megabooks 🤷‍♀️but I‘m not sure if I would have liked this book on audio @MicheleinPhilly I‘m more of a visual learner/ reader 2mo
Cinfhen I hope you like the book @vivastory 🤞🏼 2mo
MicheleinPhilly Oh I don‘t do audio. The e-book is available on Hoopla. 2mo
Cinfhen Ayyy!!! Good to know @MicheleinPhilly @vivastory you could totally #BorrowNotBuy for this book!!! Love Hoopla ♥️ 2mo
vivastory @MicheleinPhilly Thanks for the heads-up. I just grabbed it on hoopla. 2mo
Reviewsbylola I love the 80s vibe of this cover! 2mo
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I see my NF buddy @Megabooks put the tagged book in hibernation but I‘m gonna give it a try 🤞🏼If I hate it I have another book ready to go 😁

vivastory I'll be waiting for your verdict as I'm curious about this one 2mo
Megabooks Good luck! I was feeling it until I got bogged down in the pre-trial! 2mo
Cinfhen I read a big chunk (ok, I skimmed some parts) BUT this story is SO 🍌👖‼️It needs to be a Netflix docu-series @Megabooks @vivastory I‘m enjoying it🤓 2mo
Megabooks Yes it does!! I would watch that!! 2mo
vivastory You sold me at 🍌👖 2mo
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I think I‘m going to take a break on this, at least for #24in48. I‘ve gotten to the trial and jury selection, blah, blah, blah. ☹️ The shootout was super interesting, though!

Livelovebark Did you know they are literally demo-ing the bank this week. Is that random coincidence or did you know that and decided to read this book? 😱 3mo
Megabooks @Livelovebark No! I had gotten it from #botm in June, and just started it randomly. How interesting! 3mo
Livelovebark I‘m originally from 40 miles S of Norco and have always subscribed to local news, I got a notification of this story this morning about the demolition, didn‘t think twice about it. Then scrolled Litsy and saw your post about it! So random to happen all in one day 😆 i guess I‘m gonna have to read it now 3mo
Megabooks It‘s a great book. The part about the robbery and chase is fast-paced and fun. Now, I‘m between the robbery and trial. It‘s worth reading for the amazing journalism on the robbery, robbers, and cops alone! @Livelovebark (edited) 3mo
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I feel like I‘m reading the plot of a horribly tragic A Team episode! I mean y‘all, these gunmen are NUTS! Smdh 🤦🏻‍♀️

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Tonight‘s reading and a favorite #booksleeve. 🥰📚🥳 #currentlyreading

My steps have sucked for the past couple of days because of leftover rain from the tropical storm coming through. Only at 4K today. 👎🏻🌧

Soubhiville Very cute booksleeve! And don‘t feel bad about your steps. Think of the rain as an enforced self-care break. 🐶❤️ 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Love the book sleeve 3mo
Megabooks @Soubhiville Thanks!! 😊👍🏻 Good way to think of it. 3mo
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Megabooks @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you! 😊 3mo
lele1432 Can't wait to see what you think of Norco! I have it too lol. It's moving up on my TBR. 3mo
Megabooks @lele1432 I‘m 100 pages in and loving it! Very fast paced, but I wish I knew more about guns! 3mo
lele1432 Oh wow! Okay now I'm really intrigued lol. I know nothing about guns though. 3mo
Megabooks @lele1432 I basically know the robbers have a lot more and a lot bigger guns than the cops!! 3mo
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Spending a gloomy June afternoon reading about a bank robbery with my crew. #catsoflitsy #dogsoflitsy

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Killing time before an appointment with a latte and true crime

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My first #BOTM box in a year just came! Obviously, I took this picture a few hours ago then fell asleep. 🤷🏻‍♀️ The perils of anesthesia! #garden #lilies

Princess-Kingofkings Beautiful Lily 🐸 (edited) 4mo
Megabooks Thank you! 🌸 4mo
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WooHoo 🎉 🥳 🎉#BOTM is up already ( thanks for letting me know @KarenUK ) I choose 3 this month too!!! One was free as part of the #BFF promotion (birthday month) I‘m loving the new NF add ons. I‘m super pleased with ALL the new improvements they‘ve made❤️😀

Reviewsbylola Ooooh I‘m checking it out right now!! 5mo
Branwen I think they've really improved their title selection! I have been loving all the new YA books they have! 😍 5mo
Cinfhen I totally agree @Branwen it‘s a great value for your money!!! With really strong title selections 5mo
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Cinfhen Can‘t wait to see what u pick @Reviewsbylola xx Hope you weren‘t affected by the storms !?!!! 5mo
Reviewsbylola Nope, they just missed us! 5mo
Cinfhen Put something in the mail to you last week @Reviewsbylola should be there soon...been missing you and the family. Hope all is well 😘 5mo
Reviewsbylola Thank you. 🥰🥰 I‘m so exhausted from the past few weeks. I‘m only on Litsy right now because I‘m stuck at swim practice. 😆 5mo
vivastory This was a great month! I picked Recursion & Daisy Jones, but I was really tempted to get the one you tagged. Looking forward to your thoughts! 5mo
lele1432 I want all of the NF add-ons! 😩 5mo
Prairiegirl_reading I can not wait for Recursion! (edited) 5mo
MicheleinPhilly Damn it!!! 5mo
Cinfhen I‘m a little nervous about my add ons, I haven‘t seen any reviews @vivastory @MicheleinPhilly @lele1432 @Prairiegirl_reading so I‘m taking a chance because there were some older books I wanted to add, too!!!! (edited) 5mo
Hooked_on_books This is exactly my tentative box. I haven‘t finalized yet since there‘s so many good choices! A second membership is looking pretty good right now. 5mo
Cinfhen If you want @Hooked_on_books we can swap books!!! You can have all 3 of these after I read them.... 5mo
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen Oh my, that‘s really tempting! I could get A Nearly Normal Family, Leaving the Witness, and Eyes in the Sky and swap those if they appeal to you. Or if they don‘t, I have an entire shelf of backlog for you to choose from. 🙄😆 5mo
Hooked_on_books I also have a number of books on my shelves that are on your TBR. I could pull them, snap them, and post so you can pick the three you want so I can read them and send them along. So exciting! 5mo
Cinfhen Choose whatever appeals to you @Hooked_on_books and we can figure out the swap another time!!! I have a ton of backlog too!!!! But I‘m more than happy to send these books....it just may take a little time because I‘m out of the country until mid July, so I won‘t read them for awhile. No pressure...just a suggestion. 5mo
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen Sounds great! No pressure on time. Things take forever to get to me anyway, so no biggie. I‘m excited! 5mo
Cinfhen Great!!! @Hooked_on_books Better than a second account ♥️ 5mo
LauraJ Actually tempted to rejoin...😈 5mo
saresmoore @vivastory You‘re back in? Everybody‘s posts are making me envious! Do you like the changes? 5mo
vivastory @saresmoore I rejoined a couple of months ago. I really like the changes. They've really expanded their selections. I still occasionally skip a month (I skipped May) but I think it's worth keeping. 5mo
Cinfhen Not trying to spend your $$ @saresmoore or @LauraJ BUT it‘s REALLY gotten good!!!!! I‘ll send you the friend link if you want... I think you get a free book ( I know I will 😝🤪🥳) 5mo
Cinfhen With their new BFF program books are back to $10.00 when u factor in its now 14 books instead of 12 @vivastory which makes it a good value 🤑 5mo
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