Meet Michael Blutrich, mild-mannered New York lawyer and founder of Scores, the hottest strip club in New York City history, funded by the proceeds of an insurance embezzlement scheme.
All Blutrich wanted was to lay low, make the club a success, and put his criminal acts behind him. But the Mafia got involved, and soon the FBI came knocking.
Scores became wildly popular, in part thanks to Blutrich's ability to successfully bend the rules of adult entertainment. It was the first club in Manhattan to feature lap dancing by ignoring existing requirements. He also sidestepped statutes requiring topless dancers to wear pasties. His formula worked, and Scores grew into the hottest club in Manhattan, frequented by sports superstars, Oscar-winning actors, television icons, Grammy-winning singers, and political notables alike.
Unfortunately for Blutrich, it would all soon implode.
Scores was located in a neighborhood controlled by the Gambino crime family, and it became a hotbed for illicit mob activity, culminating in a double murder of two of his employees. When federal prosecutors started sniffing around for potential crimes, he went from carefree club owner to undercover spy in a heartbeat.
To obtain maximum leniency for his insurance fraud, Blutrich became an unlikely but highly successful undercover FBI informant. He wore body wires and placed ceiling cameras in his offices, and he was eventually credited with more than 30 Mafia convictions, including a crime-family head and associates from multiple international families.
For his cooperation, the Department of Justice and the FBI assured him he would avoid any significant jail time - or so they said.
Here, Blutrich tells it all: recording armed gangsters in the act of committing felonies, stealthily evading discovery, living with death threats, revealing long-covered-up celebrity doings, enduring a psychotic break from the pressures, and losing everything in his life in the name of earning redemption.
©2017 Michael D. Blutrich (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Great read but I was left Googling to find out the other side of the story. He's an entertaining weasel!
I love this book because it's part thriller and the performance is artful. The part that really hooked me came a little late though at chapter 20: "Trying to Tame the Mafia Beast."
After coming across as boastful in his descriptions of strip club fame, Blutrich came down to earth when he described what it was like to be a victim of extortion by the mob. This is when he started to seem and remained vulnerable and truly human for the rest of the story.
Once he started dealing with mafia bullies using all his guile, Blutrich turned into a cat with nine lives. Whenever he fell into a tight spot, he improvised. Sometimes he hatched grand plans that seduced the tough guys.
Near the end of the book, I realized that Blutrich so effectively discovered the vulnerabilities of the bad boys with whom he dealt that they effectively turned into teddy bears who apparently didn't deserve long sentences.
If you don't already know what ended up happening to all the players, try not to learn it in advance of reaching the end of the book. I'll say this: it made me question some of my fundamental beliefs.
Very much enjoyed listening to the story the bravery the hair raising fear that Michael suffered but most of all it kept my interest and the ending blew me away
Very rarely do I have a problem putting off going to the next chapter in this book I did I wanted to listen to it and not put it down
was a great read story from the man's own perspective, really enjoyed it. For all you Howard Stern fans , this should be your next Listen.
I would recommend this book to a friend. If you live long enough, you will eventually hear a story from someone that makes you think "You can't write this stuff!. It must be true!". Scores is 300+ pages of this very phenomenon. The captivating narrative combined with Michael's anecdotes about his life during the rise of Scores, and the unforeseen consequences that came with its success, make this book a fantastic read.
It's hard for any of the peripheral characters to shine since Michael is the only character we come to understand, but that's fine since Micheal is also the most compelling character is the story.
When you read a story you often have to imagine what the characters sound like. You often grow attached to the voices that make sense in your head. Often when I listen to an audiobook I find myself thinking "that's not what that character should sound like". Scores is a rare case where the reader is the author and also the main character of an absorbing non-fiction story. His voice matches the character on the page. This made the listening less like an audiobook and more like a new friend telling me his life story.
I do not want to go into any details about the story. The sub-title of the book is a fine elevator pitch. Instead, I'll simply say that the final act of the story coaxed the most emotion out of me.
Some people may ask themselves "If my life were a book, would anyone want to read it?" I've asked myself that question and without hesitation, I've responded to myself "No". I'm happy that Michael D. Blutrich correctly answered to himself "Yes" and thankful that he put this story in a book.
Blutrich tell a compelling true account of helping the feds bring down a notorious crime family only to be betrayed over and over. I simply couldn't stop listening.
Fantastic Read. Suspensful in story line and addictiing as to connecting the publically known dotts!
Best wishes to Michael B.!
Really enjoyed the story & narration by Michael. Natural story teller. Wish he would write part 2 about his experience serving his prison time. Think this would be a great movie. Very HOLLYWOOD like script. Many times I had to touch the 30 second rewind because some things really caught my attention and I chuckled out loud. Made my drive into work fun & didn't mind if there was traffic.
I was on the edge of my seat while listening through every chapter. This storey is unfathomable and you are so glad it's not happening to you. While the author would claim he had no choice but to live through this, I think he was and is the bravest person I've read about.
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