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Hit #29; Based on the Killers Own Account [Hardcover]

David (1946-?) Joint Authors Joey & Fisher
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  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Playboy Press; 1st Edition edition (1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872233987
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872233980
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 15 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,148,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gangsterism as it is (or was) 19 Dec 2007
The book describes the gangsters' world and their business methods. And I think that to the best of Joey's ability (he is a very professional criminal after all) he gives an honest account.
If you have read Steven Brust's Jhereg/Vlad Taltos series, this book may be of interest to you, for Brust has very obviously read it before he created the series. In fact Joey has a walk-on part in one of the books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Joey's the man 12 Feb 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Not nearly as good as the first book "Joey the Hitman" but still a great page turner. The most entertaing part was near the end. The killer calls up his cheeseball attorney to answer some police questions. When he tells him about the murder he is under question for, and that yes he did do it, the the lawyer laughs and says "Why can't you get into something safe like dope smuggling?" I wish I knew what his real name was. Oh yeah, one other thing. No matter what anyone says about these books by "Joey", the tone of the writing and the facts do ring true, very much so, especially when compared side by side with books by other contract killers. Those that say otherwise are full of hot air.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Will The Real Joey Please Stand Up 29 Mar 2003
By "alios" - Published on Amazon.com
Joey was a real contract killer, but not a Mafioso. He just did some work for them from time to time. Not an unusual situation. He died some years ago from natural causes. His obituary was in Time Magazine. This book appears to have been put together from Fisher's notes without Joey available to fill in the holes. Fisher had to ad-lib some facts, but did not have specific knowledge. For instance, when Joey smelled trouble he took the safety off two of his .38s. Revolvers do not have external safeties, and no hitman would use a semi-automatic (which has an external safety), even if reliable .38 semis were available in the '50s and early '60s. There is always the chance of a misfire, and with a semi one has to go thru a clearing drill to get off a shot. With a revolver one has merely to pull the trigger again. Also, tailing someone as Joey did it would get you made within a very short time; and; no phone tap would be be done in such a dangerous way. But if you read the book carefully and between the lines, there is some good information. Is the book worth reading? I say Yes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Have fun getting inside the mind of a hard-working contract killer 16 April 2006
By Jessica Lux - Published on Amazon.com
David Fishers is the ghost writer behind the story of Mafia hit man Joey. Fisher has already published the bestseller Joey the Hitman, and his second memoir with the anonymous Joey focuses on a specific hit--number 29--in Joey's career of over thirty contract murders.

The book is told from Joey's first person point of view. He lays #29 out as a reckless decision, a poor choice in his calculated career. He should have laid low after #28, should have listened to his instincts, but he needed the money for his gambling habit.

The 1968 crime bosses and gambling numbers runners are sufficiently colorful to hold the reader's attention, and the moral code of the tough guys is fascinating, as are Joey's expectations of his "old lady" back at home. He's not college-educated, but Joey's no slouch. He manages a gambling ring and plots his every move to stay on the down low to the law and the right side of the Mafia. He's hardworking and methodical. His tale of a hit that spiraled out of control is a terrific narrative from a tough, cocky wiseguy. Is it 100% true? Probably not. A great read? You bet.
4.0 out of 5 stars Treats like a 9 to 5 job! 26 April 2014
By Dale Blackwood - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Love this book! Cold-blooded killer in our society treats what he does like a 9 to 5 job! There are even more out there.
5.0 out of 5 stars A voyeur's delight 10 Nov 2013
By John W. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It's a classic, written by the hit man "Joey" himself. Takes you step by step though a typical "hit", from the assignment to the preparation to the hit itself to the escape to the disposal of the weapon, etc. A voyeur's delight!
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