June 25, 2015
This Week in Gang Land
Anthony Zoccolillo's role as a co-star of the short-lived Mama's Boys of the Bronx reality TV show was pretty much a flop. But there was applause all around for the former Genovese crime family associate-turned super snitch at his sentencing last month.
Surrounded by dozens of FBI agents, NYPD detectives and very happy family members, a smiling but moist-eyed Zoccolillo walked out of Manhattan Federal Court and breathed free fresh air for the first time in 18 months. His best review came from Judge Richard Sullivan who praised him for "truly extraordinary" undercover work following his arrest on drug dealing charges and sentenced Zoccolillo to "time served."
In January, Gang Land dubbed Zoccolillo The Most Effective Mob Turncoat Of 2014. Federal prosecutor Rebecca Mermelstein said he was he even better than that. She credited him with giving her the crucial evidence to obtain six indictments against 14 mobsters and drug dealers, and dubbed Zoccolillo the best cooperating witness she had seen in her five years as an assistant U.S. Attorney.
The former president of a powerful Teamsters Union local admitted being a mob associate who was involved in a slew of lucrative money-making rackets with the Bonanno crime family as he pleaded guilty in Manhattan Supreme Court Tuesday to state racketeering and perjury charges. The plea bargain calls for him to serve up to seven years in prison.
A Bronx grand jury has indicted two members of a Luchese crime family hit team for the execution slaying of Michael Meldish, the notorious former leader of the Purple Gang who was shot to death while seated behind the wheel of his car in front of his home two years ago.
Unless you get really lucky, and find a copy squirreled away in the wrong section of your local bookstore, you won't be able to get a first printing of Mob Boss: The Life Of Little Al D'Arco, The Man Who Brought Down The Mafia. But there are still some second print versions of the hardcover available as gifts or for your own reading pleasure.
Because of the heavy demand, Thomas Dunne Books went to the well again for a second printing of Mob Boss, the book that The New York Times called a "gripping, novelistic biography – a bulls-eye."
The mass market, paperback version was published in March, however, and is available online and at your favorite bookstores for about eight bucks. You still should be able to pick up a copy of the hard cover at your favorite bookstore, or, as Claude Raines might say to Humphrey Bogart, from any number of the usual online suspects: Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and BooksAMillion, as well as an independent book seller near you.
See why Mob Boss has been praised by Pete Hamill, Jimmy Breslin, Nicholas Pileggi, Mister District Attorney Robert Morgenthau – as well as readers everywhere.
Mob Boss is also available in a special BIG PRINT edition. And for those who would rather hear every word of the 406 page book read to them, Mob Boss is also available on an MP3 CD from Tantor Audio.