August 25, 2016
This Week in Gang Land
Feds Have Tapes Of Patsy Plotting To Whack His Son's Alleged Killer
The feds may be preparing an Act Two for Genovese crime family capo Pasquale (Patsy) Parrello, the opera-loving owner of Pasquale's Rigoletto, the popular Arthur Avenue restaurant in the Belmont section of the Bronx.
Parrello, 72, was one of the biggest catches in the massive multi-year sting operation that resulted in racketeering conspiracy charges against 46 wiseguys and mob associates in five different crime families this month.
But Gang Land has learned that the feds also have obtained evidence linking Parrello to a plot to kill an Albanian gangster who allegedly murdered Parrello's son, Pasquale Jr., back in 1993.
What happens when a longtime mob informer is caught in a $3.5 million fraud scheme? In the case of Paul (Paulie Tickets) Mancuso, apparently not much.
For an FBI supervisor to go from the flagship Manhattan office to the tiny satellite office in White Plains doesn't seem like a promotion or a reward for good work. But things are not always what they seem these days when it comes to the way the agency deals with the not-so-notorious-anymore Five Families.
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.