- How I Opened the Hottest Strip Club in New York City, Was Extorted out of Millions by the Gambino Family, and Became One of the Most Successful Mafia Informants in FBI History
- Narrated by: Michael D. Blutrich
- Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 01-31-17
- Language: English
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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All Blutrich wanted was to lay low, make the club a success, and put his criminal acts behind him. But the Mafia got involved, and soon the FBI came knocking.
Scores became wildly popular, in part thanks to Blutrich's ability to successfully bend the rules of adult entertainment. It was the first club in Manhattan to feature lap dancing by ignoring existing requirements. He also sidestepped statutes requiring topless dancers to wear pasties. His formula worked, and Scores grew into the hottest club in Manhattan, frequented by sports superstars, Oscar-winning actors, television icons, Grammy-winning singers, and political notables alike.
Unfortunately for Blutrich, it would all soon implode.
Scores was located in a neighborhood controlled by the Gambino crime family, and it became a hotbed for illicit mob activity, culminating in a double murder of two of his employees. When federal prosecutors started sniffing around for potential crimes, he went from carefree club owner to undercover spy in a heartbeat.
To obtain maximum leniency for his insurance fraud, Blutrich became an unlikely but highly successful undercover FBI informant. He wore body wires and placed ceiling cameras in his offices, and he was eventually credited with more than 30 Mafia convictions, including a crime-family head and associates from multiple international families.
For his cooperation, the Department of Justice and the FBI assured him he would avoid any significant jail time - or so they said.
Here, Blutrich tells it all: recording armed gangsters in the act of committing felonies, stealthily evading discovery, living with death threats, revealing long-covered-up celebrity doings, enduring a psychotic break from the pressures, and losing everything in his life in the name of earning redemption.
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By Greeny on 02-06-17
Seductive narration about fortunes and betrayals
I love this book because it's part thriller and the performance is artful. The part that really hooked me came a little late though at chapter 20: "Trying to Tame the Mafia Beast."
After coming across as boastful in his descriptions of strip club fame, Blutrich came down to earth when he described what it was like to be a victim of extortion by the mob. This is when he started to seem and remained vulnerable and truly human for the rest of the story.
Once he started dealing with mafia bullies using all his guile, Blutrich turned into a cat with nine lives. Whenever he fell into a tight spot, he improvised. Sometimes he hatched grand plans that seduced the tough guys.
Near the end of the book, I realized that Blutrich so effectively discovered the vulnerabilities of the bad boys with whom he dealt that they effectively turned into teddy bears who apparently didn't deserve long sentences.
If you don't already know what ended up happening to all the players, try not to learn it in advance of reaching the end of the book. I'll say this: it made me question some of my fundamental beliefs.
35 of 35 people found this review helpful
By Nick H on 02-28-17
So crazy it must be true
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would recommend this book to a friend. If you live long enough, you will eventually hear a story from someone that makes you think "You can't write this stuff!. It must be true!". Scores is 300+ pages of this very phenomenon. The captivating narrative combined with Michael's anecdotes about his life during the rise of Scores, and the unforeseen consequences that came with its success, make this book a fantastic read.
Who was your favorite character and why?
It's hard for any of the peripheral characters to shine since Michael is the only character we come to understand, but that's fine since Micheal is also the most compelling character is the story.
What about Michael D. Blutrich’s performance did you like?
When you read a story you often have to imagine what the characters sound like. You often grow attached to the voices that make sense in your head. Often when I listen to an audiobook I find myself thinking "that's not what that character should sound like". Scores is a rare case where the reader is the author and also the main character of an absorbing non-fiction story. His voice matches the character on the page. This made the listening less like an audiobook and more like a new friend telling me his life story.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I do not want to go into any details about the story. The sub-title of the book is a fine elevator pitch. Instead, I'll simply say that the final act of the story coaxed the most emotion out of me.
Any additional comments?
Some people may ask themselves "If my life were a book, would anyone want to read it?" I've asked myself that question and without hesitation, I've responded to myself "No". I'm happy that Michael D. Blutrich correctly answered to himself "Yes" and thankful that he put this story in a book.
23 of 24 people found this review helpful
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By Lee on 09-19-17
Brilliant, a must listen!
A truly amazing story, read by the author with superb skill and humour. A real disappointment that it came to an end.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Phil on 05-05-18
One of the most mind-blowing stories I ever heard<br />
The author narrates his book with great enthusiasm as though telling it over dinner. I felt connected as though I was his friend and he was confiding in me. When the story ended I felt a touch of sadness that the story had ended and our time as friends was over. I completely recommended this audio book. It is outstanding
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Andy Crawford on 07-06-18
Tall tales abound!
Pretty enjoyable book but it's autobiographical and also read by the author and I couldn't shake the impression that a lot of it was exaggeration and hyperbole. Would still recommend but just be aware that this isn't some sort of gritty exposé of the criminal underworld. It's a bit of a fun romp.
By JOHN W on 02-19-18
Hard to stop listening
This true story takes a hold of you right from the start. Written and narrated by Michael Blutrich himself in his own inimitable style it is a thrill ride of the ups and downs that come along with owning one of if not The most notorious nightspot in Manhattan. Highly recommend.