"Robert C. Donnelly lays out a surprising, and depressing tale of decades of rampant corruption."
""Seattle is the 'Emerald City,' and Portland the 'Rose City'. . . But in his Dark Rose, Robert C. Donnelly sees other colors in the history of Portland. Instead of green and rose, he sees darker hues in his account of post-World War II corruption and racketeering."
-Todd Carney, H-Environment, October 2013
"He critically uses many sources to create a narrative that alerts readers to numerous participants' lies and half-truths. Readers interested in Oregon history or in American urban, journalism, political, or criminal history will find value in Donnelly's accounting."
-Harry H. Stein, Oregon Historical Quarterly, Winter 2011
"With new evidence discovered in recent years, Dark Rose proves to be an intriguing and very highly recommended read for American history collections."
-James A. Cox, Library Bookwatch, September 2011
"As Robert C. Donnelly shows in Dark Rose, graft was as much a part of Portland's DNA as rainy winters."
-Jeff Baker, The Oregonian, July 2011
"Dark Rose is an intriguing book . . . [it] presents a fascinating history of Portland's struggle with vice and organized crime that will likely be appreciated both by historians and by fans of historical or organized crime novels."
-Stephen J. Ross, Pacific Northwest Quarterly