Unless you get really lucky, and find a copy squirreled away in the wrong section of your local bookstore, you won't be able to get a first printing of Mob Boss: The Life Of Little Al D'Arco, The Man Who Brought Down The Mafia. But there are still plenty of second print versions of the hardcover available as gifts or for your own reading pleasure.
Because of the heavy demand, Thomas Dunne Books went to the well again for a second printing of Mob Boss, the book that The New York Times called a "gripping, novelistic biography – a bulls-eye."
The mass market, paperback version is due out in March, but you can still pick up a copy of the hard cover at your favorite bookstore, or, as Claude Raines might say to Humphrey Bogart, from any number of the usual online suspects: Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and BooksAMillion, as well as an independent book seller near you.
See why Mob Boss has been praised by Pete Hamill, Jimmy Breslin, Nicholas Pileggi, Mister District Attorney Robert Morgenthau – as well as readers everywhere.
Mob Boss is also available in a special BIG PRINT edition. And for those who would rather hear every word of the 406 page book read to them, Mob Boss is also available on an MP3 CD from Tantor Audio.
October 23, 2014
This Week in Gang Land
Lawyer LaRossa Checks Out After A Great Run At The Top Of The Heap
Brooklyn-born James LaRossa, one of the most accomplished trial lawyers of his generation, died last week at his home in Manhattan Beach, California, ten days after he took what he knew would be his last victory lap around his old hometown haunts to say so-long to a mix of selected old friends, colleagues and others before he succumbed to esophageal cancer. He was 82.
LaRossa, a quick witted, cocky ex-Marine who represented Mafia bosses and many other high-powered defendants – including politicians, labor leaders and judges – graduated from Fordham Law School, and learned his craft as an assistant U.S. attorney in Brooklyn before enjoying a four decades long run at the top of the New York defense bar.
Along the way, he won acquittals for many top wiseguys, including a hardly noticed one for then newly-crowned Mafia boss Paul (Big Paul) Castellano at a 1977 federal loansharking trial in Brooklyn.
A grizzled geezer gangster whose last prison stretch was for a waterfront racketeering conviction with the late Mafia boss Vincent (Chin) Gigante, is at it again. But this time 80-year-old Charles (Chuckie) Tuzzo is charged with being the boss of a New Jersey-based crew that made upwards of $12 million in illegal profits for the Genovese family through a slew of sophisticated rackets.
Brooklyn Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis gave a bit of a break last month to a Genovese crime family loanshark named Robert (Bobby Cars) Fiorello whose attorney filed an unusual sealed sentencing memo on behalf of the New Jersey gangster, a longtime mob associate with a long list of convictions during a 40 plus-year long career in crime.