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on 25 July 2013
A very detailed, well written and well researched journey through one particularly seedy and violent corner of the Brooklyn underworld.
I'd heard of Dominick Montiglio, 'Nino' Gaggi and Roy De Meo in other books and TV documentaries, and I think this is probably the most in depth coverage of their story. It's put together well from news stories, and interviews with various protagonists - Montiglio, most notably. Most people buying this book will already know this, but it's the story of De Meo's mafia crew and their penchant for murder at seemingly every opportunity.
The setting for De Meo's murderous goings on is well drawn - I hope Flatlands and Canarsie are nicer than they sound in this book; I'm sure they are! The cast of characters is well drawn too - which gives the book more of a melodramatic, rather than simply journalistic, feel.
As with many of these mob tales, it's hard to see why people would really want to be an out-and-out gangster; the money, yes, but they all seem to end up suffering a grisly and premature death (usually at the hands of their 'friends'), or in prison for the rest of their lives. Morality rarely comes into it, although Montiglio comes accross as having some sort of conscience - effectively ruling him out of life as a 'made man'.
A catalogue of murder and money by writers who have done their homework.