Murder, violence and corruption are words synonymous with organised crime. Its long and bloody history influences all our lives whether we know it or not. But what lies behind these shadowy organisations? Where did they come from and how did their influence become so widespread? In this extraordinary book, leading crime investigator Martin Short reveals the shocking truth of how the Mafia and other criminal organisations maintain their strength through public demand, as well as extortion and murder. The Rise of the Mafia traces the roots of modern organised crime. Martin Short has met hundreds of people with first-hand knowledge and has interviewed some of the most powerful mob masters and informers in the business as well as speaking with key police and FBI officers.
POWERFULL... COMPELLING... INSPIRATIONAL... These words come to mind after becoming immersed in this true story of Hector Rodriguez whose Mother left when he was only nine months old. His Father turned to alcohol to escape the responsibilities of raising seven children by himself in New York City. By the age of ten, his gang had become his family and by fourteen he was already a street hardened criminal. In a desperate attempt to get him off the streets, his father sent him to Vietnam where he learned to kill without remorse. After his tour of duty, he found his way back to the streets of New York where he became the ruthless leader of a very large and powerful drug gang. Though God had been calling him since he was twelve, the devil had already ensnared him with drugs and money. Then the one time he showed mercy on someone, it led to a series of life changing events which allowed him to finally hear God's voice. Upon hearing God's word and feeling his peace and grace, the thick walls of anger around Hector finally crumbled to dust. With the same intensity he put into building his drug empire, he now used to build God's empire. This book will move you to tears, make you laugh until it hurts, and fill you with so much inspiration that if you open yourself to its message, it can and will change your life. Very few stories will keep you on the edge of your seat while offering so much in return. Pastor Hector Rodriguez is a true apostle for God and his story has already inspired so many to change their ways and follow the path of light, just as it has done for me. Joseph Dinan Jr. Editor
How did the Mob evolve from a disorganised gang of uncouth killers into the deadly 'international corporation' it is today? Tracing its beginnings as an underground society which sprang up in Sicily, to the Mob which went on to run organised crime throughout Italy and America, William Balsamo – great-nephew of the original godfather – and George Carpozi Jr draw on two decades of research to tell the true story of the most mythical and misunderstood criminal organisation in history.
Mobster Series: Anniversary Edition! All three books with Bonus Epilogue! You can’t help what family you’re born into or what lies they keep from you. You can’t help it if they mold and shape you just the way they wanted. Are monsters born or made? Antonio and Megan have a timeless issue. They were told to stay away from each other. They try, they really do. But they are drawn to each other. Antonio is eighteen and the up and coming mob boss of Palmetto, New Jersey. Megan is a girl uprooted from the grassy plains of Ireland at the age of five. Now she’s seventeen and faced with horrors she never thought existed. There is no escaping the mob. It’s part of your existence! mobster romance books, organized crime romance, mafia romance novels, free ebooks store, new adult contemporary romance novel, free mobster book, mobsters and gangsters
Kierig reminds readers that their lives are meant to be lived creatively and passionately, and in doing so, they flourish and grow into a perfectly orchestrated, harmonious, and sustainable balance.
Years upon years of being unspeakably nasty to icons as diverse as Jimmy Carter, Barbra Streisand, and even Mother Nature herself had taken its toll on Joe Queenan. The man all editors turned to when they needed a book, film, or tv program savaged was tired of being so mean. He wanted to be more like Susan Sarandon. Or Sting. Determined to mend his ways, Queenan embarked on the most difficult task of his career: he decided to become a nice person. Now available in paperback, My Goodness is the side-splitting result of Queenans attempted transformation: from his use of animal-friendly Body Shop goods to his letter of apology to Jackie Collins after a scathing review of her latest book; from his quest to save the whales to his quest to save Linda Tripages.
A Shane Scully Novel by the Bestselling Author of The Tin Collectors and The Viking Funeral Emmy Award--winning writer-producer Stephen J. Cannell sets his next pulse-pounding thriller in the high-stakes world he knows best---Hollywood! In Hollywood Tough, organized crime attempts to take over the film craft unions. Detective Shane Scully is back in the good graces of the department, hailed as a hero after bringing down a deadly gang of rogue cops in The Viking Funeral. At a glamorous Hollywood party with his new wife, Alexa, Shane overhears a famous producer make a suspicious remark about the strange deaths of his two ex-wives. Is he serious or merely joking around with his coterie of hangers-on? This becomes more than just police business, because the party is to celebrate the engagement of the producer to Alexa's closest friend. Against his wife's wishes, Shane begins to look into this heavy-hitter's past. At the same time, he becomes aware of a high-profile wiseguy's attempt to control Hollywood's unions. He initiates an elaborate and expensive sting operation, actually setting up a phony production company to produce a bogus movie at LAPD expense. The plan is to draw the starstruck wiseguy into revealing his real purpose for coming to L.A. But before long the overbudgeted movie is rocketing into production. Tough, streetwise Scully, who thought he'd seen just about everything, is astounded by the distorted egos and total insanity of the movie business, and while he struggles to keep his sting operation from spinning wildly out of control, he and Alexa find themselves and Shane's teenaged son, Chooch, involved in something much bigger than they had ever imagined, something that puts all their lives on the line.
The port of Miami brings in millions of dollars worth of cocaine every year, and The Cartel controls eighty percent of it. The Diamond family is a force to be reckoned with, but all hell breaks loose when they lose their leader. The most ruthless gangster Miami has ever seen, Carter Diamond leaves behind a wife, twin sons, a daughter, and a secret. The secret is his illegitimate son, Carter Jones. When Young Carter learns of his father's death, he comes to town and is introduced to the legacy of The Cartel. Miamor is a woman who uses her beauty to enhance her skill as a contract killer. She is the leader of The Murder Mamas. When her crew is hired to take down The Cartel, they get caught slipping, and Miamor loses her sister in the process. She is determined to get revenge from The Cartel. Unknowingly, she meets the son of Carter Diamond, and he immediately catches her heart. She is sleeping with the enemy, and when she finds out, she is torn between love and revenge. Young Carter and Miamor lead two different lifestyles. They are on opposing teams, and when their worlds collide, the truth will be unveiled in an unpredictable ending.
"It's over. You'd have to be Ray Charles not to see it." —former New Jersey capo Ron Previte, on the mob today As a cop, Ron Previte was corrupt. As a mobster he was brutal. And in his final role, as a confidential informant to the FBI, Previte was deadly. The Last Gangster is his story—the story of the last days of the Philadelphia Mob, and of the clash of generations that brought it down once and for all. For 35 years Ron Previte roamed the underworld. A six–foot, 300–pound capo in the Philadelphia–South Jersey crime family, he ran every mob scam and gambit from drug trafficking and prostitution to the extortion of millions from Atlantic City. In his own words, "Every day was a different felony." By the 1990s, Previte, an old–school workhorse, found himself answering to younger mob bosses like "Skinny Joe" Merlino, who seemed increasingly spoiled, cocky, and careless. Convinced that the honor of the "business" was gone, he became the FBI's secret weapon in an intense and highly personalized war on the Philadelphia mob. Operating with the same guile, wit, and stone–cold bravado that had made him a force in the underworld—and armed with only a wiretap secured to his crotch—Previte recorded it all; the murder, the mayhem, and even the story of mob boss Ralph Natale's affair with his youngest daughter's best friend. Previte and his FBI cronies eventually prevailed, securing the convictions of his nemeses, "Skinny Joey" Merlino and Ralph Natale.
Mobster Romance Book Gripping my chest is the only way to hold myself together or what’s left of me will fall out. The past week has enlightened me on one thing-I don’t care. Megan, Mobster’s Girl I didn’t even hesitate. I took two strides and blasted him in the face with my fist. He was ready for it this time-unlike in church. He tried to hit me back but I ducked and smashed him again. Antonio, Mobster’s Girl You can’t help what family you’re born into or what lies they keep from you. You can’t help it if they mold and shape you just the way they wanted. Are monsters born or made? Antonio and Megan have a timeless issue. They were told to stay away from each other. They try, they really do. But they are drawn to each other. Antonio is eighteen and the up and coming mob boss of Palmetto, New Jersey. Megan is a girl uprooted from the grassy plains of Ireland at the age of five. Now she’s seventeen and faced with horrors she never thought existed. Get caught up in an Italian Mafia Romance Novel! FREEBIE Link to a Free Mobster Romance at the end of the novel. mobster romance books, organized crime romance, mafia romance novels, free ebooks store, new adult contemporary romance novel, free mobster book, mobsters and gangsters
A compilation of some of Philadelphia Inquirer reporter George Anastasia's best work, told from street level and often based on insights provided by investigators, prosecutors, and the mobsters themselves.
The devil gets his due in the latest entry in the Pop Culture and Philosophy series. Supervillains and Philosophy features an international cabal of philosophers and comics industry professionals conspiring to reveal the dark details — and deeper meanings — lurking behind today’s most popular comic book monsters. Whether it’s their moral justification for world domination or the wavering boundaries they share with the modern anti-hero, everyone's favorite villains generate as much attention as their heroic counterparts. The 20 essays in this accessible book explore the nature of supervillainy, examine the boundaries of good and evil, offer helpful advice to prospective supervillains, and untangle diabolical puzzles of identity and consciousness. All the legends are here, from Dr. Doom and the Spectre to the Joker and the Watchmen, reconsidered through the lens of classic and modern philosophy.
These are stories you won't read about in the Chicago guide books or travel brochures. Examine Justice Department transcripts involving mobsters and their victims. Meet some of Chicago's legendary characters. Listen in on high class hookers and escorts telling their secrets. Try to solve some of Chicago's most fascinating mysteries. Read about who gets the gravy and who doesn't in a TV newsroom. John Drummond takes you with him as he gets his story -- stories that are sometimes hilarious, sometimes brutal, sometimes poignant, and always fascinating. Book jacket.
Tips on how to expand family turf and tackle rival mobs in Mob Rule, while keeping an eye on what's coming from behind. The guide gives listings of characters and buildings that help to rule a syndicate. There are multiplayer strategies for bribing, exploiting and taking over friends' mobs.
An inside look based on hours of secret tape recordings reveals the day-to-day activities of such crime bosses as Paul Castellano and John Gotti and demonstrates how the FBI successfully penetrated the New York City Mafia. Original.
After years of terror, extortion, murder and graft, the greedy Scarfo organized-crime family fell to a determined FBI and Mafia "turncoat witnesses"--the first time since Elliot Ness and "The Untouchables" that the government has convicted an entire mob family. Includes a new section on the ongoing John Gotti case. Photographs.