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See No Evil: The True Story of a Mafia Doctor's Double Life Hardcover – 15 Apr 2013

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  • Hardcover: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Robson Press (15 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849545316
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849545310
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.5 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,255,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ron Felber is a graduate of Georgetown University, Loyola University, Chicago, and Drew University in Madison, New Jersey where he received his doctorate in Arts and Letters. Ron worked as a deputy sheriff for a number of years after graduating from Georgetown, transporting federal criminals including hit men, terrorist, con men, and drug dealers.

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See No Evil is the story of how a “nerdy Jewish kid” grows into Elliot Litner, one of New York’s foremost cardiac surgeons in the 1970s and 1980s, who also happens to lead a second life as Il Dottore, a gambling and sex addict embroiled deeply in the world of organised crime, acting as the house physician to La Cosa Nostra.

This is a remarkable book, made all the more astounding by the fact that it is a true biography. Felber is an excellent writer, and infuses the text with just the right quantities of suspense, tension, disbelief, and occasional laugh-out-loud humour. The passage in which Litner performs a rectal examination on godfather Carlo Gambino is a stand-out moment which deftly combines all of the above!

I haven’t read much in the past about the New York mafia, and so was grateful for the background given in the book. Essentially, as well as being a biography of Litner, it is also an insider biography of La Cosa Nostra. My naivety on such subjects led to me being truly astounded by the breadth and depth of the mafia’s reach, and the role that Rudy Giuliani played in curbing organised crime in New York. I don’t think I would ever have been motivated to read about this subject if it hadn’t been for the curious medical angle of this biography, but will certainly read more widely on the topic in future.

I found it somewhat curious that the biographer chose to give the protagonist a pseudonym – Elliot Litner is not his real name – when the description of the various posts he has held and publications he has written would surely make his unmasking very straightforward indeed. That said, I didn’t bother to look it up (perhaps that’s the point).
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unbelievable life this MD led!! terrific story
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