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The Enforcer - Spilotro: The Chicago Mob's Man Over Las Vegas [Mass Market Paperback]

Jr. William F. Roemer
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1 May 1998
Bugsy Siegel built Las Vegas, but it was Tony "The Ant" Spilotro who ran the show. Now William F. Roemer, Jr., veteran FBI agent and scourge of the Cosa Nostra, tells the shocking story of how a teenage wiseguy grew up to become "the man" in Vegas. From the gritty streets of Chicago to the neon-lit Nevada wonderland, Roemer assembles a rogue's gallery of the highest-ranking capos and the lowest creeps of organized crime. As incredible as any work of fiction -- but it's all fact!

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 299 pages
  • Publisher: Ivy Books,U.S.; Reprint edition (1 May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804113106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804113106
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.3 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars just wish roemer would've stayed on track 15 July 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
roemer does a good job informing the reader of the happenings of the chi-town mob and its links with the rest of the mid-west families and of course las vegas. even though i enjoyed this book, roemer jumps around too much and seemed content to "blow his own horn" too many times. i wish he would've stayed focused on "The Ant" instead of patting himself on the back and jumping back and forth throughout the book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad book 13 July 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Growing up in the Chicago area, I am familiar with some of the charecters in this book. Roemer has written a good book here, but not one that is as good as the book he wrote on Accardo. It could be because of the subject matter, I think that is the reason why. Even though Spilatro was just a soldier, he was responsible for a very large territory and had to answer to the boss himself. The book does show how Tony let this responsibility go to his head and how he thought he was bigger than he really was. All in all it is not a bad book, I think that it could of been a little more focused. Roemer seemed to jump from setting to setting, losing the reader.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I thought that this book is great for anyone who wishes to gain a better understanding of the Chicago Mafia, organized crime, and law enforcement in general. When people think of the Mafia, they tend to lean towards New York as "the model". Little do they know that Chicago, commonly referred to as the "Second City", has a serious history, and are forces to be reckoned with. Bill Roemer Jr. tells all in this book, from an FBI agent's point view of course. He weaves a web of important players in the Chicago Outfit, with chilling accounts from characters such as Tony Accardo aka "Joe Batters", the outfit's most respected and feared leader/counselor. The inside scoop on Sam Giancana, Joey Aiuppa, and Joe Ferriola a few of the many Mob Bosses depicted. A must read chilling chapter on "Mad" Sam DeStefano will leave the insides of your stomach churning! You will see how Tony Spilotro(the cover boy)fits into the scheme of things, and after reading this book and watching CASINO, you will see how the two resemble each other almost identically, scary!! Pick this book up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Way to go, Roemer :) 12 Jun 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Actually the 5 stars are for Roemer himself, HE actually suggested I read this. We both had a FOIA request on "The Little Guy" since 1991, both of us intent on writing on this paradox of a man. Although I tend to agree with Smithp@nevada.edu, in that Roemer fails to capture the essence of this extraordinary and YOUNG figure in LCN. Spilotro rose quickly in the ranks and very well could have made it to the top if he hadn't succumbed to his own desires. I must admit, even though he "beat me to the punch" in writing on "The Ant", Roemer did misquote a few dates in Tony's life. But this is a must-read book for anyone wanting info on the Chicago MOB as it was then. New York now has the upper hand in Las Vegas affairs. But then again, is it ANY surprise Roemer passed away exactly TEN years to the DATE Spilotro did? Way to go Roemer ^i^ You were a fine G man, no matter what anyone says! And about the only one who knew how to "stick it to" the top Outfit guys and do it with CLASS :)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice try. 23 Dec 1997
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The author tried to capture the complex character of Anthony Spilotro on paper. Despite the effort, the Spilotro in the book is almost an ordinary hoodlum. He was, in fact, an extremely successful criminal who stayed out of jail most of his life. Roemer's book misses the mark, as did Scorsese's "Casino" in capturing the enigmatic "Little Guy" of Las Vegas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 1 Feb 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone who ever saw the movie Casino. If you also love Las Vegas and the mafia, then Iwould recommend this to you also.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as other books about Vegas 18 Jan 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Although Tony Spilotro is an interesting character in the history of Las Vegas, this book tells his story by extrapolating his rap sheet. Any follower of the Mafia will know that what the fbi knows about the mob is lacking. Why would people keep on being drawn to the life if the fbi has each and every mobster in check? This book has an arogance to the contrary. There are many eroneous statments made in manner in which the author tries to out wiseguy the Wiseguys! THERE HAVE BEEN MANY MORE COMMISION MEETINGS THAN APPALACHIN! CHICAGO DOESN'T REIGN SUPREME! TONY ACCARDO DOESN'T OWN EVERYTHING. This book would have been much better if it weren't so redundant, and if the author used an intermediary to relate his knowledge. As it is the book is rife with the authors biases.
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1.0 out of 5 stars one of the dullest books ive ever read 5 Jun 2014
By neil
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its just tedious. great big lists of agents and codenames where it should be about what actually happened. roemer was no doubt a fine agent but he's a terrible storyteller, and his ghostwriter wants shooting for putting his name to this. roemer also apparently - he says this in the book - had no direct involvement with spilotro later and the book really tails off toward the end. the beginning isnt too bad but we don't really find out much about spilotro when he was at his peak. nicholas pileggi's casino is a much better book on the same subject.
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