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.
October 16, 2014
This Week in Gang Land
Mafia Commission Case Wiseguy Serving 100-Year Sentence Gets Parole
It was the biggest Mafia trial of the era, the first time that leaders of different mob families had been tried together and charged with being just that: Mobsters. The end result of the historic Commission case in 1987 was that seven old-school wiseguys were hammered with unprecedented 100 year prison terms, sentences intended to send a message to gangsters everywhere. Under their labor racketeering convictions, none of them were ever supposed to see the light of day outside of a federal prison.
But last month, with no official notice or pronouncement – and despite a request from his sentencing judge that he die behind bars – 90-year-old former Luchese consigliere Christopher (Christie Tick) Furnari, was quietly released on parole.
A spokesman for the Bureau Of Prisons confirmed that Furnari, whose conviction stemmed from his position as the number three Luchese mobster in that family's shared control over the lucrative construction industry in Manhattan with the Gambino, Colombo and Genovese families, was released from a prison hospital in Minnesota on September 19.
A once-powerful mobster whose nephew was blown to bits in April of 1986 for helping the late John Gotti shoot his way to the top of the Gambino crime family, has cashed in his chips the way most wiseguys wish to: He died of natural causes after a long, prosperous mob career with little time spent behind bars.
Aging Bonanno capo Vincent Asaro will have to face the music all by his lonesome when he stands trial on racketeering charges involving the 1978 Lufthansa Airlines robbery and for a 45-year-old murder that was orchestrated by James (Jimmy The Gent) Burke, the mastermind of the storied $6 million heist.