A Rookie Cop vs. The West Coast Mafia: Breaking Up The

A Rookie Cop vs. The West Coast Mafia: Breaking Up The "Best in the West" Gang

by Tanya Chalupa, William G. Palmini, Jr.
     
 

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In this gripping, true crime exposé, Bill Palmini, a rookie detective, hopes to take down the West Coast Mafia by gaining the confidence of notorious mob operative William Ettleman. Set against a backdrop of social turmoil, the book immerses readers in free love, drugs, robbery and murder, orchestrated by organized crime in locations like Sausalito, California.

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In this gripping, true crime exposé, Bill Palmini, a rookie detective, hopes to take down the West Coast Mafia by gaining the confidence of notorious mob operative William Ettleman. Set against a backdrop of social turmoil, the book immerses readers in free love, drugs, robbery and murder, orchestrated by organized crime in locations like Sausalito, California. The Trident Restaurant, once a drug Mecca for Hollywood, the music industry and the New York hip, was co-owned by the Kingston Trio and their manager, Frank Werber, a self-proclaimed drug priest. Robin Williams worked as a busboy there and Janis Joplin had her own table. Sally Stanford, the former San Francisco Madam who later became Sausalito’s mayor, was a confidant of the infamous. Ettleman's safecracking gang targets the Trident. Mobsters like Frank “The Bomp” Bompensiero, on whom Sopranos character “Big Pussy” is thought to have been based, become involved. Palmini, utilizing Ettleman, joins the FBI and the Federal Strike Force on Organized Crime to penetrate the crime scene in Sausalito, loaded dice in Las Vegas and Reno, corruption in San Diego and stolen credit cards in Texas. Then he begins to break up one of the most notorious gangs on the West Coast.

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September 26, 2014 - Lecture and Book Signing - Sausalito Public Library, 420 Litho Street, Sausalito, CA - 7:00 p.m.

OCTOBER 4, 2014 - Book Signing - The MOB MUSEUM, 300 Stewart Avenue, Las Vegas, Nevada 89101

"...is an extraordinary and riveting read from beginning to end...especially recommended for non-specialist general readers with an interest in True Crime stories in general, and the American Mafia in particular." MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780882824611
Publisher:
New Horizon Press
Publication date:
03/17/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
969,265
File size:
2 MB

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Meet the Author


Tanya Chalupa,was the force behind California’s Child Seat Restraint measure. She has expertise in law enforcement and traffic safety issues and has received awards from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the California Senate Rules Committee, and the National Association of Governors' Highway Safety Representatives. The murder of a homeless vet in a town where she was running a federal grant led to her first true crime book, Murder on the Rails. She resides in Northern Virginia.

William G. Palmini, Jr., is Chief of the Department of Public Safety at UC Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco. He has 45 years of experience in police work and is a recipient of the J. Stannard Baker Award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the 2010 National Elks’ Enrique Camarena Drug Awareness Award. His fame as the original Elvis Cop follows him and he still performs occasionally at community events. His Elvis persona in police work earned him international media coverage and an honorary Gold Record Award from the Recording Industry Association of America.

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