Tag Archives: Mafia

COVID Reviews #6 Cleaning Up with gangsters, Navajo, politicians, and so many Germans

Back in September and early October when I was under quarantine, I didn’t have computer access, so I couldn’t take many notes or write reviews when things were fresh on my mind. I tried to post comments intermittently, but some … Continue reading

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The Thinking Man’s Gangster

Meyer Lansky: The Thinking Man’s GangsterRevised and expanded reprint of Little Man: The Gangster Life of Meyer Lanksy 457 pages© 2019 Robert Lacey There’s no such thing as a lucky gambler. There’s only winners and losers, and the winners are the … Continue reading

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American Detective

American Detective: Behind the Scenes of Famous Criminal Investigations© 2018  Thomas Reppetto312 pages I’ve been playing through L.A. Noire lately, and its use of real-life crime (the Black Dahlia case)  prompted me to look for anything written about it. American … Continue reading

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Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family © 1986 Nicholas Pileggi, Henry Hill 256 pages How does a boy from a nice family grow up to be a gangster? Well, it helps to live across the street from a mob-owned cab … Continue reading

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Covert: My Years Infiltrating the Mob© 2008 Bob Delaney, Dave Scheiber288 pages In the early 1970s, a young and promising New Jersey State Trooper named Bob Delaney was asked to join Project Alpha, a joint police-FBI undercover project intending to … Continue reading

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Boss of Bosses

Boss of Bosses — the Fall of the Godfather: the FBI and Paul Castellano © 1991 Joseph F. O’Brien and Andris Kurins 364 pages A number of years ago I had a considerable interest in the Mafia, from an adolescent … Continue reading

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