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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.

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Seductive narration about fortunes and betrayals

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.

35 of 35 people found this review helpful

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So crazy it must be true

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

What about Michael D. Blutrich’s performance did you like?

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.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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Entertaining and light despite the heavy subject

Great read but I was left Googling to find out the other side of the story. He's an entertaining weasel!

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This book has it all. Action, Drama and Guts!

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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Amazing

You can't put it down or stop listening! A true NYC crime story with such a twist.

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excellent work, could listen to this guy all day

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.

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Really you got to be kidding

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

16 of 19 people found this review helpful

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A Mafia informant's story!

Lawyer Michael Blutrich tells his story as founder of the fabulously successful Scores strip club in his hometown of New Your City with the help of the mob and the proceeds of an illegal insurance scheme. To avoid a long prison sentence and at risk of death if discovered he wears recording devices in meetings with mob bosses. His efforts are very successful at sending lots of Mafia members to prison. Then he still has to serve a longer prison sentence than he would likely have received had he refused to cooperate with law enforcement.

Much of this non-fiction book deals with matters other than Blutrich's criminal behavior lending a feel of a novel rather than non fiction. The author narrates his own story very well indeed. Despite my high rating of this book, I regret spending 11 hours listening to it.

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Fun "true crime" and more narrative

The title of this book tells the whole story. It felt like two books in one. Half is a behind-the-scenes true story of a "gentleman's club" startup business. This was told in a very amusing fashion. The author, and club owner, is a gay Jewish lawyer from New York. That made for an entertaining slant on the "girly" business. The second half of this book is about the author's venture as an FBI snitch. Blutrich went wired into many meetings with Mafia people. He really did risk his life. This story was told with heart, humor, and drama. The last part of this tale had to do with the legal battle that Blutrich fought regarding his plea bargain deal with the government. This was interesting but did drag on a little long. Overall, this was an informative and funny true crime tale. It would probably appeal more to men than women (with the subject being strip clubs and Mafia snitching). The book is read by the author. Usually, that is not a good thing, but Blutrich did a great job reading, adding a lot to the story.

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Get past the first few chapters....

Slow in the beginning this book really takes off for a wild ride. I cannot imagine reading this book and getting the same experience as you will with the author reading the tome. He's fantastic and delivers the story and the smart-ass wisecracks with perfect timing - with the authentic accent. It's awful that the US Government didn't live up to their promises. While he was a crook he did move up to his end of the agreement but was summarily screwed (lied to?) by ambitious prosecutors and inept judges.

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  • Lee
  • 09-19-17

Brilliant, a must listen!

A truly amazing story, read by the author with superb skill and humour. A real disappointment that it came to an end.

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  • Phil
  • 05-05-18

One of the most mind-blowing stories I ever heard<br />

The author narrates his book with great enthusiasm as though telling it over dinner. I felt connected as though I was his friend and he was confiding in me. When the story ended I felt a touch of sadness that the story had ended and our time as friends was over. I completely recommended this audio book. It is outstanding

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  • JOHN W
  • 02-19-18

Hard to stop listening

This true story takes a hold of you right from the start. Written and narrated by Michael Blutrich himself in his own inimitable style it is a thrill ride of the ups and downs that come along with owning one of if not The most notorious nightspot in Manhattan. Highly recommend.