Friday, January 15, 2021


Welcome to the Illinois State Historical Sociey's online store. Over the years the Society has accumulated many books and since it is neither a research center nor a lending library, we have created this Store to make these books available for purchase. Most are single title items in like new condition. In addition to books, we are also offering for sale back issues of the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, art work, and stationery. All proceeds from these sales will be used to support the Illinois State Historical Society.

*Most of the books for sale are new or very gently used and in extremely good condition.  If you have any specific questions, please feel free to call the office at 217-525-2781, Ext. 1.

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The Tangled Web: The Life and Death of Richard Cain—Chicago Cop and Hitman - 9b18869d-0500-783c-8f39-d7f20ca9910c
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The Tangled Web: The Life and Death of Richard Cain—Chicago Cop and Hitman

Det. Richard Cain is one of the most notorious figures in Gangland history. Leading a double life, Cain was both a chief investigator for the Chicago police and a “made” man with close ties to mob boss Sam Giancana. He orchestrated police raids on gambling rings and carried out hits for the Chicago Outfit. In The Tangled Web, Cain’s half-brother Michael J. Cain combs through years of research, interviews, family anecdotes, and rare documents, to create a comprehensive and compelling biography of this enigmatic figure described by the FBI as “possibly the most corrupt police official in the history of Chicago.” 

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