Although I am no fanatic, I do enjoy the odd book about the Mafia/La Cosa Nostra, provided it is informative and doesn't stray into the realms of speculation where there is no supporting evidence. I have read a good number over the years, and this biography seems to hit just the right balance in terms of readability and information. The author eschews the many myths that have grown up around Charley "Lucky" Luciano. Where other authors may have chosen to take a less rigorous approach to fact finding, Mr. Newark clearly refuses to accept unsupported evidence in several occasions, leaving the reader to come to his own conclusions. This is very refreshing, and is of particular merit when it comes to Luciano's so-called war effort, which was probably very much less than we have come to believe. This is a compact and well written description of Luciano's life, and I can't imagine you could want for more. It, of course, will only really appeal to those with an interest in this kind of genre, so as far as I am concerned I would be mean if I didn't give it the maximum rating.