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Mob Boss: The Life of Little Al D'arco, the Man Who Brought Down the Mafia | [Jerry Capeci, Tom Robbins]

Mob Boss: The Life of Little Al D'arco, the Man Who Brought Down the Mafia

Alfonso "Little Al" D'Arco, the former acting boss of the Luchese crime family, was the highest-ranking mobster to ever turn government witness when he flipped in 1991. His decision to flip prompted many others to make the same choice, including John Gotti's top aide, Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano, and his testimony sent more than fifty mobsters to prison. In Mob Boss, award-winning news reporters Jerry Capeci and Tom Robbins team up for this unparalleled account of D'Arco's life.
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Alfonso 'Little Al' D'Arco, the former acting boss of the Luchese crime family, was the highest-ranking mobster to ever turn government witness when he flipped in 1991.

His decision to flip prompted many others to make the same choice, including John Gotti's top aide, Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano, and his testimony sent more than fifty mobsters to prison. In Mob Boss, award-winning news reporters Jerry Capeci and Tom Robbins team up for this unparalleled account of D'Arco's life and the New York mob scene that he embraced for four decades.

Until the day he switched sides, D'Arco lived and breathed the old-school gangster lessons he learned growing up in Brooklyn and fine-tuned on the mean streets of Little Italy. But when he learned he was marked to be whacked, D'Arco quit the mob. His defection decimated his crime family and opened a window on mob secrets going back a hundred years.

After speaking with D'Arco, the authors reveal unprecedented insights, exposing shocking secrets, and troublesome truths about a city where a famous pizza parlor doubled as a Mafia center for multi-million-dollar heroin deals, where hit men carried out murders dressed as women, and where kidnapping a celebrity newsman's son was deemed appropriate revenge for the father's satirical novel.

Capeci and Robbins spent hundreds of hours in conversation with D'Arco, and exhausted many hours more fleshing out his stories in this riveting narrative that takes listeners behind the famous witness testimony for a comprehensive look at the Mafia in New York City.

©2013 Jerry Capeci and Tom Robbins (P)2013 Tantor

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    Lisa Colorado Springs, CO, United States 12-01-13
    Lisa Colorado Springs, CO, United States 12-01-13
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    "Well written, accurate information, great narrator"
    If you could sum up Mob Boss in three words, what would they be?

    Accurate, honest, in depth.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mob Boss?

    Al D'arco's memory is like an encyclopedia of the mob!


    Have you listened to any of Michael Prichard’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes- as stellar as the rest


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me gasp at some points.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended- I've listened to almost every mafia book on audible.com and this one definitely ranks up with the best.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • mr
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    7/12/14
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    "A likeable killer"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mob Boss to be better than the print version?

    not really but allows you to close your eyes and drift away on a long commute


    What other book might you compare Mob Boss to, and why?

    none


    What about Michael Prichard’s performance did you like?

    He speaks like a mobster


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Shocking that this quite mild mannered mobster is capable of killing at the drop of a hat.


    Any additional comments?

    Shows that there is no honour in this profession. Just paranoia, cold blooded killing and a dog eat dog mentality.

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  • Demirep
    LONDON, England
    3/22/14
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    "I wish there had been more."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Not only can I unreservedly recommend it, if it wouldn't get me arrested I would even be grabbing strangers in the street and telling them about it. Well written and engaging from the first paragraph, it was let down only very slightly by the reader, who demonstrated a rather narrow range of accents and voices. Mostly that did not matter since all the characters were from the same background but when D'Arco had a (fortunately brief) meeting with a black gangster it did grate somewhat to hear him speaking the same twangy Brooklyn as the Mafiosos. Despite that, Prichard was a good choice for the storyteller. His somewhat flat intonation was a worthy match for a writing style which deflected any revulsion the listener might have about the violence of the criminal life so as to allow concentration on the matter-of-fact, bureaucratic way that crime was organised by D'Arco and his circle.

    For the writing itself, "Mob Boss" is a biography of one man pursuing a Mafia career with the same stolid determination and contextual honesty as an accountant. It was a fascinating and well-constructed insight into a parallel universe, flowing from one incident to the next with the sort of apparent ease that comes only from a lot of very hard work.

    In the introduction we are told that the book is based on hundreds of hours of interview tapes and written statements and I am sure that Capeci and Robbins both suffered many headaches carving that sprawling mountain of information into a coherent narrative. It was a massive piece of work and yet I should think that when they had finished it, they must have been--as I was--sorry to get to the end.


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