The Rise and Fall of a "Casino" Mobster

  • by Dennis N. Griffin, Frank Cullotta
  • Narrated by Clay Lomakayu
  • 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The true story behind the hit film Casino from an "enforcer" who lived it.
Tony Spilotro was the Mob's man in Las Vegas. A feared enforcer, the bosses knew Tony would do whatever it took to protect their interests. The "Little Guy" built a criminal empire that was the envy of mobsters across the country, and his childhood pal, Frank Cullotta, helped him do it. But Tony's quest for power and lack of self-control with women cost the Mob its control of Vegas; and Tony paid for it with his life.
"I was a little nervous before my first meeting with former mobster Frank Cullotta. It turned out we had a pleasant conversation that ended with an agreement for me to write his book. As I drove home, I realized I had made a deal with a career thief and killer on a handshake. What was I thinking?" (Dennis N. Griffin, author of Surviving the Mob)


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A different world and how some criminals fall

Chicago and around 10 of its suburbs were settings to some events described, the whole metropolitan area there "mobbed up" and in its own style. Getting picked to relocate to Las Vegas offered a new start and good weather.

Looking at interviews of Frank Cullotta, I think Clay Lomakayu got the accent and cadence right. Cullotta talks in a simple and common sense way. He's no-drama guy, got a workmanlike attitude.

I wanted to know something about Tony Spilotro, a real tough guy and there aren't even that many photos of him. Until this book I imagined him like Joe Pesci. But Pesci is fast-talking and Spilotro doesn't come across like that.

Cullotta tells a number of things about Spilotro that ring true and make him finally familiar. Cullotta was one of the very few who really knew the guy. The book tells the conflicts Spilotro was dealing with and it was obvious he knew he'd probably be murdered.

Spilotro had no way out, but Cullotta did. They federal witness protection program, despite the privations, has a solid reputation. Otherwise people like Cullotta would have no way out of being killed. Spilotro apparently couldn't get help and knew he was probably doomed.

A no-drama but heavy conflict between Cullotta and Spilotro was the straw that broke the back of the greater operation. The FBI drove it so hard that something would break. So Cullotta was forced into being a stupid criminal not because he didn't see it coming, but because Spilotro couldn't back off.

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- Greeny

Complete waste of money.

This book is just a series of stories that are told in no order. the editing is a joke too, as a chapter is repeated. avoid this book!!
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- Nick

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-16-2017
  • Publisher: WildBlue Press