The Black Hand

  • by Stephan Talty
  • Narrated by Scott Aiello
  • 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The gripping true story of the origins of the Mafia in America - and the brilliant Italian-born detective who gave his life to stop it.
Film rights optioned by Paramount Studios, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
Beginning in the summer of 1903, an insidious crime wave filled New York City, and then the entire country, with fear. The children of Italian immigrants were kidnapped, and dozens of innocent victims were gunned down. Bombs tore apart tenement buildings. Judges, senators, Rockefellers, and society matrons were threatened with gruesome deaths. The perpetrators seemed both omnipresent and invisible. Their only calling card: the symbol of a black hand.
The crimes whipped up the slavering tabloid press and heated ethnic tensions to the boiling point. Standing between the American public and the Black Hand's lawlessness was Joseph Petrosino. Dubbed the "Italian Sherlock Holmes", he was a famously dogged and ingenious detective and a master of disguise. As the crimes grew ever more bizarre and the Black Hand's activities spread far beyond New York's borders, Petrosino and the all-Italian police squad he assembled raced to capture members of the secret criminal society before the country's anti-immigrant tremors exploded into catastrophe. Petrosino's quest to root out the source of the Black Hand's power would take him all the way to Sicily - but at a terrible cost.
Unfolding a story rich with resonance in our own era, The Black Hand is fast-paced narrative history at its very best.


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What a story...!

This is a audio/book that everyone with an interest in the Mafia, gangsters, organized crime or even New York should pickup. From what I know very few Italians either know or admit to their history and yet it's so rich with details and history.
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- Leslie W. Stewart III

Society of the Black Hand/ Order of the Family

What made the experience of listening to The Black Hand the most enjoyable?

The back story of an Italian Detective noted for his photographic memory and integrity. During a time during the Birth of the dark side of the Mafia. Joe Petrosino would stop at nothing to protect innocent lives from unfathomable crimes.
Locations included are a learning tool I find useful. Naples in Italy, Boston, Midwest, and mainly Little Italy in New York.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Joe Petrosino

Have you listened to any of Scott Aiello’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Black Hand Society or Order Of The Family

Any additional comments?

Petrosino had a fond Love for the Violin and Opera

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- Eeryn Lubicich

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-25-2017
  • Publisher: Audible Studios