November 16, 2017

This Week in Gang Land

Enzo Morena Makes It Big, With The Mob, And 'The Law'

Vincent MorenaGang Land Exclusive!On June 4, 2001, a cluster of friends and relatives gathered in a second-floor apartment in Bayside, Queens to wish 28-year-old Vincent (Enzo) Morena well as he headed off to prison. Included among those crowded around Morena were fellow members of the the Giannini Crew, a kind of mob farm team based in Queens, at least those members who weren't themselves already behind bars. The crowd joked and told war stories at Morena's "going away party" as he prepared to serve a 51-month stretch for racketeering. Enzo was a popular figure: His buddies viewed him as a "tough guy who was always on deck, waiting to be called into the batter's box."

Since he had already served a year before he was granted bail, Enzo was hopeful that he'd be out by 2004 – or maybe sooner. "This is no big deal," he boasted to his pals.

Actually it was a very big deal. Morena, who is now 45, and uses Vincenzo as his given name, didn't make it back to New York for about 15 years. When he did, he was a big deal to his wiseguy pals, who had him into the Bonanno crime family as a made member. And he was an even bigger deal to law enforcement officials in the U.S. and Canada who had secretly turned him into an informant.

Frank Gioia Jr.Mob Defector Frank Gioia Jr. Makes It BIG, In The Grand Canyon State

The last time we saw Luchese turncoat Frank Gioia Jr. was in 1999, when he testified against a cop-killer who had skated for 22 years. Gioia was so good at his task that two years later he had a part-time FBI gig lecturing rookie agents about bust-out wiseguys like himself. At the same time, Gioia was becoming an Arizona-based real estate tycoon, en route to becoming a millionaire – and at least on paper, a big-time builder and restaurateur. 

Herbert SperlingSons Want A Pass For Herbie Sperling, But Feds Say No Way

At 78, legendary 1960s drug dealer Herbert (Herbie) Sperling, who partnered with mobsters as well as the notorious Harlem heroin merchant Leroy (Nicky) Barnes, is in failing health. He nearly died a few weeks ago, and is not expected to last a year. But the ornery gangster, who cursed out his sentencing judge 44 years ago, refuses to seek any favor from his jailors.

 

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Mob Boss: The BookUnless 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 some 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 was published in 2015, however, and it is available online and at your favorite bookstores for about eight bucks. You still should be able to 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.


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