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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.
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on 16 December 2014
This is a great read, but during the read it was hard to ignore how ridiculously biased in favour of the main character Dominic it was, portaying him as a war hero almost forced into mafia life, explaining his life in the mafia in almost flattering tones. Also, the author continually insults Roy DeMeo, calling him a fat bully, yet leaves other characters untouched. I'm not sure who the sources were for this book, but I can't help feeling a number of characters were painted in a more flattering light than others. Another good book is by Roy DeMeo's son Albert in "For the Sins of my Father", which describes his side of the character his Father was, and what life as a family member involved in the mafia is truly like.

Summary - worth reading and incredible what happened overall, but not necessarily 100% accurate.
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on 17 August 2017
exellent the real true story and background, i already knew the story about the gemini mob but this filled me in a lot more brilliant
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on 13 May 2017
Another crime book that takes you into the secretive ways of the Mafia ruthlessness.
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If you are into Mafia true crime then this book is a must, This story and the gang is just unbelievable. I wont go into the story but I read this book very quick. The main character is Roy DeMeo, and I would also recommend reading "For the sins of my Father" co written by his surviving Son. Its also a very good read.
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on 6 June 2017
Half way through the book but paints a picture in my mind of the early 70s New York and the gruesome way the de Meo crew went about there business once I start reading it's hard to put it Down it's excellent
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on 23 August 2017
Excellent
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on 19 March 2017
Good literature.
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on 15 August 2017
good read
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on 30 August 2017
Great read top book
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