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1.0 out of 5 stars
woeful, 13 Sept. 2008
i have read pretty much every mafia book going and this was without a doubt the worst, most badly researched and least factual tome i have ever had the misfortune to pay for.
there is no detail whatsoever. there are something like 72 chapters with so little detail in each it makes a mockery of the term true crime.
no mention of why and how casso was thrown out of the witness protection programme or any detailed analysis of his own court case.
no index either and that tells you all you need to know about a so called non-fiction true account.
full of simple errors, non sequiturs and cliches.
perhaps gaspipe himself had final copy approval because there is no other explanation for the blatant glossing over of all casso's degeneracy.
anyone reading the book would think casso was an honourable man caught out by turn coats, snitches and the greed of other men.
the fact is he was an informer who gave up the store before securing a binding agreement from the government. carlo shown no recognition of the irony that the duplicitous streetsmart Casso was completely had over by the government. the hawk becomes the pigeon as it were.
i agree he was treated unfairly by the reneging government but it was hardly surprising.
the term is i believe poetic justice.
none of this comes through from the book which is low on factual content and high on repetitive cliche.
in short: all filler, no thriller