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 plenty of 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 is due out in March, but you can still 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.
November 20, 2014
This Week in Gang Land
Appeals Court Tosses Arson, Drug, Armed Robbery Convictions Of Ex-FBI Snitch
A federal appeals court has thrown out the conviction of a longtime mob associate who was found guilty of committing arson, drug dealing and armed robbery while serving as a $3500 a month spy for the FBI against the Gambino and Bonanno crime families.
It's not that ex-informer Volkan (Turk) Mergen didn't commit those crimes. In its 25-page decision, the 2d Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that prosecutors gave jurors plenty of evidence proving he did. Unfortunately, the court wrote, the cooperation agreement the Brooklyn U.S. Attorney's Office used to charge their former cooperating witness with drug dealing and armed robbery was so poorly worded that those counts were invalid and had to be dismissed entirely.
On top of that, the court ruled that errors by the trial judge had tainted the conviction of the main charge against Mergen — arson. Mergen, the appeals panel ruled, should have been allowed to play a tape for the jury in which one of his FBI handlers was heard assuring him that he'd done nothing wrong during the firebombing of a residential home that caused a Staten Island man to have a heart attack.
Lewis Kasman used to describe himself as the adopted son of John Gotti, praising the Dapper Don at every turn, and aiding his family through the ensuing trials and hard times. Then it turned out that Kasman was actually a double-agent, spying on the Gotti clan – the same folks he said had given "new meaning" to his life – for the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office in Brooklyn.
The son of a Gambino soldier who killed himself two years ago after wearing a wire for the FBI against his wiseguy colleagues, was found dead this week of what authorities suspect was the same fatal exit chosen by his father: a self-inflicted drug overdose.