July 2, 2015
This Week in Gang Land
It's no secret that triplets generally have an unusually close bond with each other. But the one that reputed Colombo wiseguy Giovanni (John) Cerbone has with his brother Joseph – who along with a third brother, Anthony, were born on Valentine's Day in 1972 – is beyond the pale of usual mob protocol.
A year ago, when Drug Enforcement Administration agents tried to subpoena John, he evaded service by claiming he was Joseph, a mob associate with loose ties to the Gambino family – and a fondness for bank burglaries. And when John, whose affiliation with the Colombos dates back to his alleged involvement in the crime family's bloody 1991-93 war, was arrested recently on drug charges, he had a driver's license that identified him as Joseph Cerbone.
But John, who told the feds two weeks ago that he'd rather work out a plea deal than face up to 40 years behind bars for cocaine dealing and money laundering after he listened to DEA tapes tying him to drug sales to a wired-up snitch, will have to serve the prison time himself whenever he comes to an agreement with the feds. Cerbone allegedly sold the informer coke, marijuana, oxycodone and amphetamine.
More than 34 years after John D'Agnese and Richard Godkin were shot to death over a spilled drink in a Queens bar, a federal appeals court has begun digesting more than 1000 pages of court papers with opposing views about whether wiseguy Bartolomeo (Bobby Glasses) Vernace killed both men as part of the Gambino crime family's regular course of business in April of 1981.
Gambino associate John Micali began his fourth stretch behind bars in 12 years last week when he was charged with violating his three years of post-prison supervised release following a two year stretch he got in 2010 for stealing a load of cell phones from the cargo area of Kennedy Airport.
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.