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Mob Boss: The Life of Little Al D'Arco, the Man Who Brought Down the Mafia

Jerry Capeci and Tom Robbins
Format
Book
Published
New York, N.Y. : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2013.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
ISBN
9781250006868 (hardcover), 1250006864 (hardcover), 9781250037435 (e-book)
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Summary
"Reminiscent of Wiseguy, this compelling biography from two prominent mob experts recounts the life and times of the first acting boss of an American Mafia family to turn government witness As top boss of the Luchese crime family, Alfonso "Little Al" D'Arco was the highest-ranking mobster to ever share Mafia secrets when he changed sides in 1991. His testimony sent more than fifty mobsters to prison, and prompted others to make the same choice, including John Gotti's top aide, Salvatore "Sammy Bull" Gravano. Yet up until the day he renounced the mob, Al D'Arco lived and breathed the old-school gangster lessons he learned growing up on the streets of Little Italy. But after he narrowly escaping an assassination attempt, D'Arco decided to quit the mob. Taking the family down as he left, some of the spilled secrets are: One of New York's most famous pizza parlors, Ray's Pizza, was a major Mafia center for multi-million-dollar heroin deals A pair of Mafia hitmen carried out dozens of murders dressed as women, including one hit inside a funeral limousine wearing a black dress and veil Crazy Joe Gallo planned to kidnap the son of newsman Jimmy Breslin as revenge for Breslin's mocking novel, "The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight" about Gallo With the full participation of D'Arco, New York reporters Jerry Capeci and Tom Robbins detail a New York dominated by strutting gangland personalities in this riveting narrative that takes readers behind the famous witness testimony for a comprehensive look at the Mafia in New York City"--
"As top boss of the Luchese crime family, Alfonso "Little Al" D'Arco was the highest-ranking mobster to ever share Mafia secrets when he changed sides in 1991. His testimony sent more than fifty mobsters to prison, and prompted others to make the same choice, including John Gotti's top aide, Salvatore "Sammy Bull" Gravano. Yet up until the day he renounced the mob, Al D'Arco lived and breathed the old-school gangster lessons he learned growing up on the streets of Little Italy. But after he narrowly escaping an assassination attempt, D'Arco decided to quit the mob. Taking the family down as he left, some of the spilled secrets are: One of New York's most famous pizza parlors, Ray's Pizza, was a major Mafia center for multi-million-dollar heroin deals A pair of Mafia hitmen carried out dozens of murders dressed as women, including one hit inside a funeral limousine wearing a black dress and veil Crazy Joe Gallo planned to kidnap the son of newsman Jimmy Breslin as revenge for Breslin's mocking novel, "The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight" about Gallo With the full participation of D'Arco, New York reporters Jerry Capeci and Tom Robbins detail a New York dominated by strutting gangland personalities in this riveting narrative that takes readers behind the famous witness testimony for a comprehensive look at the Mafia in New York City"--
Contents
  • Luchese organized-crime family, 1991
  • La scuola delle strade. The call ; Kent Avenue ; The Arctic Circle ; Mott Street ; Sing Sing ; Mulberry Street ; 32 Spring Street
  • In the life. Flatlands Avenue ; Ray Brook ; 21 Spring Street ; Cleveland Place ; Rockaway Boulevard ; For Hamilton Parkway ; Foster Avenue ; Matamoras ; Fingerboard Road ; Prince Street
  • The outlaw. The Kimberley Hotel ; Trumbull ; In America.
Description
xii, 420 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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