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goon squad

A group of people hired or acting for the purposes of enforcement, protection, intimidation, and/or harassment on behalf of someone else. Primarily heard in US. After Mr. Smith refused to pay the mafia protection money, they sent a goon squad around to rough him up.
See also: goon, squad

goon squad

1. n. an organized group of thugs; a gang of toughs. (Underworld.) The goon squad Mr. Big sent around scared the devil out of Wilmer.
2. n. the police. My old buddy on the goon squad tells me there’ll be some action over on Maple Street tonight.
See also: goon, squad
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IN RECENT YEARS, I have been fortunate enough to translate four books by Jennifer Egan into Spanish for the Spanish publishing market: A Visit from the Goon Squad (El tiempo es un canalla, Minuscula, 2012), followed by The Keep (La tone del homenaje, Minuscula, 2013), Emerald City (Ciudad Esmeralda, Minuscula, 2016) and, more recently, Manhattan Beach (Salamandra, 2019).
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Following in the footsteps of the prisoners of The Keep (2006) and the musical hangers-on of the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Visit From the Goon Squad (2010), Egan's striking new novel Manhattan Beach, which takes place during the Second World War and was long-listed for the National Book Award, centers on two characters, each dreaming of drastic, irrevocable change.
Jennifer Egan's immensely satisfying fifth novel, Manhattan Beach, the follow-up to A Visit From the Goon Squad (2010), which won a Pulitzer Prize, has a good deal of that kind of life-swamping and life-supplementing effect.
In the wake of her dazzling Pulitzer Prize winner, A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan's deftly plotted new novel, Manhattan Beach, is a surprise.
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Peter finds that out the hard way when the goon squad visits, requesting his presence in the big man's cell, as Ken and Deirdre wait anxiously in the visiting room.