The Battle for Las Vegas: The Law vs. The Mob

The Battle for Las Vegas: The Law vs. The Mob

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by Dennis Griffin
     
 

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From the 1970s through the mid 1980s, the Chicago Outfit dominated organized crime in Las Vegas. Unreported revenue, known as the "skim," from Outfit-controlled casinos made its way out of Vegas by the bagful, ending up in the coffers of the windy city crime bosses and their confederates around the Midwest. To ensure the smooth flow of cash, the gangsters installed a

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From the 1970s through the mid 1980s, the Chicago Outfit dominated organized crime in Las Vegas. Unreported revenue, known as the "skim," from Outfit-controlled casinos made its way out of Vegas by the bagful, ending up in the coffers of the windy city crime bosses and their confederates around the Midwest. To ensure the smooth flow of cash, the gangsters installed a front man with no criminal background, Allen R. Glick, as the casino owner of record, Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal as the real boss of casino operations, and Tony Spilotro as the ultimate enforcer, who'd do whatever it took to protect their interests. It wasn't long before Spilotro, also in charge of Vegas street crime, was known as the "King of the Strip." Federal and local law enforcement, recognizing the need to rid the casinos of the mob and shut down Spilotro's rackets, declared war on organized crime. The Battle for Las Vegas relates the story of the fight between the tough guys on both sides, told in large part by the agents and detectives who knew they had to win.

Editorial Reviews

Tru Hawkins
"Wow...Dennis Griffin has really captured the Las Vegas I knew; it's an amazing book. If you want to know about Las Vegas in the mob days, this book says it all. It's a great read."
Tru Hawkins Show on KDWN Radio - Tru Hawkins
"Wow...Dennis Griffin has really captured the Las Vegas I knew; it's an amazing book. If you want to know about Las Vegas in the mob days, this book says it all. It's a great read."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780929712826
Publisher:
Huntington Press
Publication date:
11/03/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
234
Sales rank:
242,090
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Dennis N. Griffin retired in 1994 after a 20-year career in investigations and law enforcement in New York State. He and his wife Faith moved to Las Vegas shortly afterward. Dennis is an active member of the Mystery Writers of America, Las Vegas Valley Writers Group, Henderson Writers Group, and the Police Writers Association, Dennis is also author of the acclaimed Cullotta: The Life of a Chicago Criminal, Las Vegas Mobster, and Government Witness. Become a fan of Dennis Griffin on Facebook for news about upcoming book and TV true-crime projects.

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Battle for Las Vegas: The Law vs. The Mob 3.8 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 28 reviews.
Shar-Pei-Man More than 1 year ago
This is about the true story of how the tide turned in the war against organized crime from a law enforcement perspective. It is well written concise and fast reading.
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I am a Las Vegas resident of over 41 years. The corporations that now run the state, not just the casinos, are many times worse than the so-called wiseguys. Anyone who thinks the "skim" is a thing of the past is out of touch or just ignoring the truth. These corporate scumbags make the wiseguys look like boy scouts!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish it had a bit more depth at several points, but still an interesting read for anyone intrigued by this topic.
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Great story, tells of how and what in a diferent light.
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interesting and well written.
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Doug Wiklund More than 1 year ago
This book reads very quick and gives a good history of the mob in Vegas. I say its a starter because it definitely leaves the reader wanting more details on the crimes, criminals and the lawmen who took them down.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The dynamics of criminal activity in the Battle for Las Vegas by Griffin is well presented in this outstanding read. It is evident that the author researched indepth to bring to the reader an important of what went on in that era of time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like most new things, Las Vegas had growing pains as aptly depicted in THE BATTLE FOR LAS VEGAS. We have all heard of Bugsy Siegel and on the other side, Eliot Ness¿but how many are familiar with the likes of Tony¿The Ant¿Spilotro? There is speculation as to how Spilotro got his nickname¿some think it was a shortened version of his given name¿others thought it was due to his stature. However the name The Ant came about, he is introduced to us in this exciting portrayal of how Sin City was steeped in not only sin but greed as well. From murder to skimming to prostitution, this account tells it all. We meet the city officials as well as the law enforcement personnel who were `in the pockets¿ of these crooks. The general Las Vegas public appeared to be more obsessed with prostitution than they were with the mobs. There is a theory that most mob crime is mob upon mob and the average citizen would not feel the tentacles of this corrupt octopus. The public was so concerned with the sex crimes that they voted out their Sheriff, McCarthy, who went after the mob with a vengeance. I would like to see the movie Casino once again now that I can put names to the characters with a much better understanding of who they are¿thanks to Dennis Griffin. If you¿d like a vivid portrayal of how Las Vegas was tamed, be sure to put this on your reading list.