• by Larry McShane
  • Narrated by Paul Costanzo
  • 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Vincent "Chin" Gigante.
He started out as a professional boxer - until he found his true calling as a ruthless contract killer. His doting mother's pet name for the boy evolved into his famous alias, "Chin", a nickname that struck fear throughout organized crime as he routinely ordered the murders of mobsters who violated the Mafia code.
Vincent Gigante was hand-picked by Vito Genovese to run the Genovese Family when Vito was sent to prison. Chin raked in more than $100 million for the Genovese Family, all while evading federal investigators. At the height of his power, he controlled an underworld empire of close to 300 made men.
And yet Vincent Gigante was, to all outside appearances, certifiably crazy. A serial psychiatric hospital outpatient, he wandered the streets of Greenwich Village in a ratty bathrobe and slippers. He urinated in public, played pinochle in storefronts, and hid a second family from his wife. On 22 occasions, he admitted himself to a mental hospital. It took nearly 30 years of endless psychiatric evaluations by a parade of puzzled doctors for federal authorities to finally bring him down.


What the Critics Say

"Full of astonishment... A kind of dark wonder." (Pete Hamill, best-selling author)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Not as good as others

It's just kinda slow and more factually dulling. It's awesome facts but reads as a text book more than a story.

Overall great info to learn more or if your just getting started.
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Not surprising a biography about a recluse sucks.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

If you enjoy the fact he pretended to be crazy being repeated for about 10 hrs this is your book. The author should've pulled the plug a month into it (assuming it took longer than that) when we realized there was very little data about the subject. The only enjoyable parts were taken from other MUCH more interesting subjects Sammy Gravano and Phil Leonetti- both wrote MUCH MUCH better books.

My main complait it how little info is here. It's just repetitive and largely uninteresting.

Would you ever listen to anything by Larry McShane again?

Probably not.

Which character – as performed by Paul Costanzo – was your favorite?

The italian one.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


Any additional comments?

Audible has a free audiobook the 'Mafia Prince' by Phil Leonetti that's great. Listen to that instead.

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- M. Allen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-18-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio