If you still wanna read the Baccano novels I recommend just starting with 4. First 3 were really tedious to get through since they were done (better) by the anime. But man things really pick up in book 4 when you don't already know all the twists and turns. It is good.
ah damn, dind't mean to miss your VM. i'm doing great, just gotta get some financial aid crap finished and done with before I go back to college in the fall. you? also i'm working as a pub trivia host in town