A vain man of good looks, small means, and no family links to the mob, Vincent "Vinny Gorgeous" Basciano steadily worked his way up to acting boss of the Bonanno crime family, becoming its leader when official boss Joseph Massino went to the clink in 2003. But at a time when the Mob was crawling with secret operatives and informants caving to government pressure to flip, Basciano obeyed the code of La Cosa Nostra. "I got faith in one guy," he told a group of mobsters during a secretly taped meeting. That man was Joseph Massino, head of the Bonanno borgata.
But for all his loyalty, Basciano was still a hot-headed, cold-blooded killer, which led to his arrest. Then, in a remarkable betrayal that shook the Five Families to their foundation, Massino secretly cooperated with the FBI - the first official boss ever to roll over. As a result, Basciano faced the death penalty, but a federal jury, disturbed by the prosecution's use of criminal informants, reached a surprising verdict. Veteran crime author Anthony M. DeStefano tells the riveting story of the last true believer in the Mob's cult of brotherhood and how he was betrayed by the only man he ever trusted.
"This is a dark, informed, and effective bio, and DeStefano is a master at cutting through the secrecy of the Mafia hierarchy." (Publishers Weekly)
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Straight up and to the point writing style.
Straight detailed information unburdened by the writer's own attitudes or gossip.
The characters were all repelling to me. But the culture is fascinating and anyone curious about social intercourse would find the book fascinating. Great writing, free flowing detailed information, fast paced.
This is the first. I liked the narration.
When the big case was blown because of police corruption.
This writer is very talented in journalism. I like straight facts on the table. He has a very clean way of relaying information that I find very refreshing. He doesn't foray into manipulating the reader.
- Nurture Learners and Able Observers
Dry and Boring
If you like stories about organized crime told from the perspective of those involved, giving details of their activities, you probably won't like this book. If you like details about law and the court system you might like it. I found the book to be dreadfully boring.
No. I love books about organized crime.
Probably not. He was pretty dry, but then again it might have had more to do with the book itself.
Disappointment. I have listened to a lot of books on organized crime. Some are better than others, but up until this book, all have been interesting and entertaining.