March 26, 2015
This Week in Gang Land
The Cosa Nostra Redemption: Wiseguys Top Albanians In Danbury Dustup
More than a decade after the so-called Albanian Mafia brazenly beat up and terrorized New York mobsters, seizing some of their rackets, a large group of imprisoned wiseguys recently engaged in a bloody jailhouse brawl with a bunch of Albanian gangsters in a federal lockup about an hour's drive from their old stomping grounds, Gang Land has learned.
Sources say a long-simmering feud between the two groups erupted into violence at the federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut on a normally quiet Saturday afternoon, March 14. It took place during a regularly scheduled leisure time in a rec room in the refurbished low security facility that houses about 750 sentenced inmates.
"It was a real donnybrook, but no one died," said one source.
"Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they're not after you." Joseph Heller, 1961, Catch-22.
Gang Land doesn't know whether Anthony (Tough Tony) Federici – he prefers "Tony," or even "Tony Park Side" to what the feds and most mobsters call him – is paranoid. But there's no doubt that the FBI and federal prosecutors in Brooklyn are after him. In fact, they seem obsessed with the 75-year-old wiseguy.
The Gambino family has replaced a brash and relatively young capo once viewed as a rising family star with a grizzled former sanitation worker who once toiled in the streets with fellow former San Man and ex-Gambino boss, Peter Gotti.
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 this month, and is available online and at for favorite bookstores. 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.