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The Good Rat: A True Story | [Jimmy Breslin]

The Good Rat: A True Story

Jimmy Breslin can sniff out a story like he can sniff out a rat. Here, he tells a lifetime of anecdotes in his inimitable New York voice, giving us a view through the keyhole of the people and places that define the Mafia: characters like Sammy the Bull, the original snitch; Gaspipe Casso, named for his weapon of choice; and hangouts like Pep McGuire's, the legendary watering hole where reporters and gangsters (all hailing from the same working-class neighborhoods) rubbed elbows and traded stories.
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Jimmy Breslin can sniff out a story like he can sniff out a rat. Here, he tells a lifetime of anecdotes in his inimitable New York voice, giving us a view through the keyhole of the people and places that define the Mafia: characters like Sammy the Bull, the original snitch; Gaspipe Casso, named for his weapon of choice; and hangouts like Pep McGuire's, the legendary watering hole where reporters and gangsters (all hailing from the same working-class neighborhoods) rubbed elbows and traded stories.

But best of all, Breslin captures the moments in which the Mafia was made and broken. Breslin was there the night John Gotti celebrated his acquittal, for example, having bribed his way to innocence.

In The Good Rat, Breslin brings together the most recent, most memorable, and the long forgotten stories to create a sharp-eyed portrait of the mob as it lived and breathed, as it sounded and survived.

©2008 Jimmy Breslin; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America

What the Critics Say

"[Breslin is] the city's steadiest and most accurate chronicler." (The Village Voice)

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    Brian Cole Lebanon, TN USA 02-23-08
    Brian Cole Lebanon, TN USA 02-23-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Not so good of a rat"

    I am fascinated by stories about the mafia. However this book is long winded and not fascinating at all. The author laments the death of the mafia and glorifies these guys at times. I liked 'Mob: Stories of Death and Betrayal from Organized Crime' much much better. If you want to hear stories about the kinds of things these guys did without praising them or getting the feeling the author misses them, look elsewhere.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Scott D. 08-12-10
    Scott D. 08-12-10
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    "What the !?"

    Being a fan of mob books I thought I would try this one. It took me two attempts to finish it. It seems to be wandering memories of Mr. Breslin. It jumps around telling seemingly unconnected stories. Don't expect too much from this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Plano, Texas 07-23-10
    Mark Plano, Texas 07-23-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Interestin Topic"

    I am extremely interested in Mafia stories. I have a feeling the actual book would have made more sense with page breaks and punctuation, but as it sounds it was a tribute to ADD. The story was all over the place. It had some cohesion with the Burton Kaplan story, but honestly, the lack of organization made it less enjoyable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Howard Los Angeles, CA, USA 03-01-08
    Howard Los Angeles, CA, USA 03-01-08
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    "Very Good Rat"

    Who on earth would give this totally fascinating and compelling listen a one? Someone with some kind of moral agenda no doubt. Excellent!

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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