October 27, 2016
This Week in Gang Land
Mob 'Rat' Gets Knocked Down; But This Time He Stands Up
Like hundreds of thousands of metropolitan area residents and tourists from all over the world, former New Yorker Joseph (Joe Mook) D'Amico decided to attend the 90th San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy last month and partake in the food and other fun-filled festivities that honor the patron saint of Naples each year. He's probably sorry that he did.
That's because an eagle-eyed mob associate who grew up with him in Knickerbocker Village recognized D'Amico as a turncoat Bonanno wiseguy who broke his oath of omerta and flipped 13 years ago, helping to send several of his fellow mobsters to prison.
Said eagle-eyed mob associate loudly denounced Joe Mook as "a rat," and then proceeded to punch his lights out, according to Gang Land sources on both sides of the law.
Within days of each other this month, long-imprisoned Mafia boss Carmine (Junior) Persico and his soon-to-be-sentenced businessman-son Michael each filed court papers challenging the government's contentions about their respective prison terms.
The Genovese capo at the heart of an FBI sting that nailed 46 defendants tied to five crime families was kept behind bars as a danger to the community this week. At the same time, gangsters and other mob-connected figures around town are wondering if they're on the short list of names the feds are likely to add to the monstrous racketeering case.
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 a year ago, however, and it 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.